Be wary of email scams

THE OFFICE of Fair Trading is urging Fraser Coast residents to be wary of new email scams, as part of this week’s National Consumer Fraud Week.

High-tech fraudsters are disguising themselves online and targeting our inboxes, Fair Trading Minister Peter Lawlor has warned.

His warning follows an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report saying Aussies lost almost $70 million to scams in 2009.

“Some of the newer scams such as phishing and smishing may not be understood,” Mr Lawlor said.

Phishing refers to emails that trick people into giving out their personal and banking information, while smishing is used when people are targeted by text messages to their mobile phones.

“These messages appear to come from legitimate businesses, often banks or telecommunications companies.

“Emails will often link to websites that look identical to a real company’s page ... the key is to look carefully at the web address.”



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