Westpac claims new online scam blocks are saving customers millions


Westpac Bank says new scam detection systems monitoring offshore online transactions have saved customers more than $6 million during the past two months alone.

In a trial last year, blocking selected online stores mainly selling diet pills, Westpac says it prevented more than 11,000 potential scams saving $1.2 million.

Now it has expanded the program to protect Australians from many overseas retailers targeting Australians with false advertising for popular products like diet pills, supplements, dating subscriptions and business services.

The company’s scam detection technology analyses transaction patterns, previous reports from other customers as well as merchant behaviours and attributes, to either add or remove vendors from these high-risk lists. If a scam is detected while a customer is making an online payment, the process will be blocked and customers will be notified via text message.

Westpac says that in more than 99 per cent…

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