Siblings tell of separate spam scams
AS a local businessman of many years, Craig Johnston knows there can be many pitfalls, including the threat of scams.
“I was hacked in the business bank account,” he said.
“It does cause a lot of drama. You’re out of pocket for that time. It puts a bind on your cash flow.”
Mr Johnston has also received unsolicited phone calls and emails but fortunately hasn’t been a victim of spam.
“I get them all the time but I just delete them. I’ve never been scammed.”
Mr Johnston agrees that dodgy dealings are increasing all the time.
“There’s a lot of scams going on out there – I’ve been called by the so-called tax office. You’ve got to be cautious in this day and age – even when you call someone up, it’s everywhere. Sometimes it’s hard to know which emails and phone calls are ridgey didge.
“The best thing to do is just shop in store.”
Craig’s sister Donna Falconer was the victim of an email hacking scam a few years ago which also jeopardised the charity she founded to give practical help to those going through cancer.
“The Pink Angels email was hacked a few years ago. It was on the June long weekend. The hackers sent out an email to all my contacts saying that I was in jail
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It could happen to you: Local businessman
Craig Johnston and community leader Donna Falconer have both been victims of online crime, having been spammed, scammed or hacked. in another country and needed to be bailed out.
“Fortunately, it went to people that knew it wasn’t true and we were able to change the password and start emailing contacts.”
Ms Falconer said the experience was unnerving.
“It was scary and, being a charity, it affected all our contacts.”
While the computer was protected by anti-virus and spyware protection, somehow the hacker still found a way to access the Pink Angels information.
“Fortunately, it was in the early days and people knew it was fake.”
Ms Falconer says that scams can happen to anyone and particularly has concerns for some of the more senior members of the community.
“It’s definitely increased as we have more communication, more email addresses.
“It’s just a matter of being savvy and aware. What worries me is the older generation like my parents. They might click on an email that’s spam without realising it. That’s the biggest thing that worries me on a personal level.
“People just need to have awareness that if it looks suspicious, it probably is. It’s just worth taking the time to check,” she said. MOTORISTS travelling along the Golden Highway at Elong Elong will soon have a safer and smoother section of road with a $620,000 road upgrade progressing well.
Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said this week the NSW Government-funded project would involve rebuilding a 1.5 kilometre section of the road about 50 kilometres east of Dubbo.
“The existing road surface was rough and required removal and replacement,” Mr Grant said.
“Dubbo Regional Council is carrying out the work on behalf of Roads and Maritime Services on weekdays and Saturdays between 7am and 6pm, weather permitting, and is expected to take five weeks to complete.”
Australians lost $340 million to scammers in 2017 – that’s the highest amount since the ACCC began reporting on scam activity in Australia. PHOTO: DARCEE NIXON