Scam’s and Scammers
Due to the rise in scam’s, unfortunately there is a rise in people who fall victim to these scam’s. Scam’s are also becoming a lot more surfisticated.
To the right is an example of one of the SMS Scams doing the rounds.
Things to consider when deciding if something is a scam or not, as well as points of fact to consider;
- As humans we are intrigued with the unknown. Therefore, most times we are more inclinded to click on or look into something we are not sure about – especially if the said msg or scam is directed or addressed to you personally. So don’t! Just do not open something you are unsure of. If its your bank or something serious – call them directly and ask questions. The same with deliveries – if you unsure ring the delivery company directly and ask if they sent you a message. We are responsible for our own use!
- Scams relating to your arrest – be it from ATO, Australia Border Force, AFP etc, WOULD NOT AND WILL NOT notify you via a automated phone call. If you really are concerned – hang up and ring the relevant authority however, you will find the answer the same in every instance. Therefore, just block these numbers and ignore. You do not need to continue listening and pressing numbers just incase you really are wanted. Hang up.
- Scams relating to delivery of packages. Once you click on the link you have been compromised. These scams are phishing for information be it through interaction with you or via software that is installed on your machine or activated in your browser once you click on the link. The software could be something simple like a key logger – which will send the perpetrators every key stroke you press on your computer including your passwords etc. If you really had a parcel coming 9 out of 10 occasions you would know that you had purchased something or someone was sending you something. If you look at a text message like the one in this post – you can see it makes not sense – if you cant make heads or tails of the message – ignore it. If you genuinely have a parcel for delivery, the chances are you will have been in contact via email at a minimum with the shipper, including information such as shippers information, Receivers information, transit information, delivery dates etc.
- There is no legal company, law enforcement, bank, tax department or the like that will ask you to pay your fine or refund in ITunes cards or any other rewards card system. Do not buy ITunes cards. NEVER go to a bank or transfer money on demand of someone over the telephone that you have never dealt with and if you are concerned. Take their details, take down the company name, hang up and ring the company directly to clarify.
- If you are unsure, by all means forward your concerns or questions to email@example.com.