Don’t be fooled by scam
Gin Gin man targeted by ‘phishers’ with a fake email
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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Wrong, out of date or out of place logos or design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.”