In­ter­net scam tar­gets lo­cals

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

LONG-TIME Whit­sun­days res­i­dent Pam Gra­ham has been the lat­est tar­get of an in­ter­net scam.

A fake mes­sage was sent to all her con­tacts in her email ad­dress book, say­ing that she was in dis­tress in the Phillip­ines and needed money.

The Can­non­vale res­i­dent and for­mer prin­ci­pal of the Can­non­vale State School said she had replied to an email from some­one claim­ing to be from Ya­hoo ask­ing for the user­name and pass­word to her Ya­hoo email ac­count.

“It looked like a le­git­i­mate email from Ya­hoo and it looked the same as past emails I had re­ceived from them,” she said.

“I’ve had lots of con­cerned phone calls from friends and rel­a­tives,” she said.

The email said she had been mugged in Manila and all her cash and credit cards had been stolen.

“I'm hav­ing prob­lems set­tling the ho­tel bills and the ho­tel man­ager won't let me leave un­til I set­tle the bills. Well I re­ally need your fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.”

Whit­sun­day Com­puter Doc­tor’s owner Mark O'Don­nell said scams like this were hap­pen­ing an aw­ful lot in the Whit­sun­days and right across Aus­tralia and urged com­puter users to never ver­ify their user­names or pass­words over email.

“These scam­mers use this in­for­ma­tion to get into peo­ple’s email ac­counts and send these fake dis­tress emails to ev­ery per­son in the con­tact list,” he said.

“Sites like eBay, Ya­hoo and Google will never send an email ask­ing you for your user­name or pass­word so if you are ever un­sure about an email don’t re­ply to it and con­tact the busi­ness over the phone.”

ON­LINE SCAM: Owner of Whit­sun­day Com­puter Doc­tor Mark O’Don­nell with Whit­sun­day res­i­dent Pam Gra­ham who has been the vic­tim of a re­cent com­puter scam.

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