Don’t be fooled by scam

Gin Gin man tar­geted by ‘phish­ers’ with a fake email

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his ac­count, and al­most clicked the link.

“I had not pur­chased any­thing so in anger I al­most clicked on it as I’m sure many would,” he said.

“Then I pre­sume it will ask you to log in thus gain­ing your PayPal de­tails.

“Don’t click on the link – for­ward it to spoof@paypal.com.”

Mr Tay­lor said the in­clu­sion of an “inc” in the sup­posed PayPal address was a tell-tale sign it was a scam.

PayPal says there are ways to work out if emails are com­ing from a dodgy source.

Here are some of the signs an email is prob­a­bly dodgy:

Generic greetings, like “Dear user”

False links. Hover over a link or tap and hold it on a mo­bile de­vice to see its des­ti­na­tion

Wrong, out of date or out of place lo­gos or de­sign

Up­set­ting or ur­gent state­ments de­mand­ing you re­act im­me­di­ately

Bad spell­ing and gram­mar

Re­quests for fi­nan­cial or per­sonal in­for­ma­tion

Scamwatch says phish­ing scams are at­tempts by scam­mers to trick you into giv­ing out per­sonal in­for­ma­tion such as your bank ac­count num­bers, pass­words and credit card num­bers.

They hap­pen when a scam­mer con­tacts you out of the blue pre­tend­ing to be from a le­git­i­mate busi­ness such a bank, tele­phone or in­ter­net ser­vice provider.

Ac­cord­ing to the Scamwatch web­site, many phish­ing emails ask you to con­firm de­tails.

“For ex­am­ple, the scam­mer may say that the bank or or­gan­i­sa­tion is ver­i­fy­ing cus­tomer records due to a tech­ni­cal er­ror that wiped out cus­tomer data,” the site says.

“Or, they may ask you to fill out a cus­tomer sur­vey and of­fer a prize for par­tic­i­pat­ing.”

The close call comes af­ter a num­ber of Bund­aberg busi­nesses were tar­geted by phish­ing scams on Facebook.

“If you get caught, the scam­mers have your Facebook user­name and pass­word, so they can log in as you, change your name and pro­file and send more of those scam mes­sages to your fol­low­ers,” Hoax Slayer Brett Chris­tensen says.

“And get­ting help from Facebook is pretty dif­fi­cult.”

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