Email scam warning

Scam emails continue to pour into our email boxes and are becoming harder to spot. An ever increasing number of Australians fall victim to scam emails every year and it is only through education that this number will decrease.

My work email address receives several scam emails a day, but there are a few newer style scams doing the rounds which are yielding large results for scammers due to the nature of the scams.

By far the most clever scam being sent around at the moment involves a scammer hacking the login details of a person’s email address. The scammer then sends out the below email (which I received) to each person in that email accounts contact list with a personal note asking for help. The scammer usually asks anyone who replies to send around A$800 by Western Union as this kind of money transfer cannot be reversed and is handed over to the person picking it up in cash.

Hi,

I’m writing this with tears in my eyes, my family and I came down here to Manila, Philippines for a short vacation. Unfortunately, we were  mugged at the park of the hotel where we stayed, all cash, credit card and cell phone were stolen off us but luckily for us we still have our passports with us.

We’ve been to the Embassy and the Police here but they’re not helping issues at all and our flight leaves in few hours from now but we’re having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won’t let us leave until we settle the bills. Well I really need your financially assistance. Please, let me know if you can help us out?

Am freaked out at the moment!!
Carole

While the next scam is a little easier to spot and not personalised like the previous example, this scam has a higher victim rate due to not requiring any transaction from the victim. The scam comes in the form of a survey and after clicking the link provided, you are taken to a website which uploads malicious software to your computer. The majority of strong virus scanners will prevent you from ever making it to the website, but there are still a large number of internet users without the required security in place.

You have been selected to access the Woolworths Survey and win a $150.00 gift certificate.

Please Click Here and compete the form to receive your reward. Thank You.

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