Internet scam targets locals
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.