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11 November 2015
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning consumers to beware of scammers imitating Department of Human Services or Centrelink officers to trick you into handing over your money or personal details.
“The ACCC has received a spike in contacts about fake rebate scams in which the scammer claims to be from Centrelink or the Department of Human Services. One hundred people contacted the ACCC about this scam last month, compared with 20 reports in May. Four people have reported losing over $3,000 to this scam in the past six months, with 300 contacts in that time,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
How these scams work
You receive a call from someone claiming to be from the Department of Human Services or Centrelink.
The caller tells you that you are entitled to more money but you must provide some personal details to prove your identity. At this point the scammer attempts to gather as much as they can about you for identity theft.
If you provide these details the scammer will then ask you to send money directly via a wire transfer service or may even direct you to your nearest Post Office to pay the ‘fee’.
The scammer may claim that your Centrelink payments will be cut off unless you pay the fee.
If you send any money via wire transfer, you will never see it again – it’s nearly impossible to recover money sent this way. You will also never receive the promised rebate or refund.
If you refuse to do this, the scammer might use any bank details you provided to access your bank account directly and attempt to steal your money. These details may also be used in the future for identity theft.
“If you receive a phone call out of the blue from someone claiming to be from a government department and they claim that you are entitled to money, hang up,” Ms Rickard said.
“If you have any doubts about the identity of any caller who claims to represent a business, organisation or government department, contact the body directly. Don’t rely on numbers, email addresses or websites provided by the caller – find them through an independent source such as a phone book or online search.”
“Never give your personal, credit card or online account details over the phone unless you made the call and the phone number came from a trusted source. If you think you have provided your account details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately,” Ms Rickard said.
You can report scams to the ACCC via the Scamwatch report a scam page or by calling 1300 795 995.
This information was found at the Scamwatch website and more info can be found here.
All sorts of situations are thrown at us every day and they can be as bad or as good as we choose to make it.
The “thing” does not change and only you have the power to choose how good or bad the thing is. I like Data’s approach in this clip.
Every now and then we get an email that looks to be from a service we use and trust. Often it is from our bank or financial institution or EBAY and other shopping sites.
Sometimes the email will include a link to verify your details or a file they want you to click on and open. This is common with fake postal delivery emails.
Today we will look at a fake PayPal email that arrived this morning.
If you look at the arrows they will indicate some things you can look for to see if the email is legitimate.
From this one you can see that the email does not even come from PayPal so you don’t have to think too much to know it is a fake email trying to get your PayPal ID so they can use your account to do their shopping.
Best thing to do with this email is to delete it and visit the official PayPal website and check for updates if you are really curious.
RAMTEC Support customers can press F* and send me any strange messages and popups that you are not sure of and I will answer you promptly so you can make the right choice. If you would like to try the RAMTEC service visit oknoworries.com.au and sign up for a free trial or just submit a support request.
Beware of emails from Telstra and Australia Post. Do not open links in emails until you are certain they are not fake. If you are not sure, don’t open the attachment.
Welcome to ‘Ask Mr. Cloud’.
Today’s video will be a simple
walk-through of your Gmail account.
So ,as usual, open up a browser of choice
and type in the address bar –
Sign In box here in the upper right
Chrome remembers my email address.
and of course my password is
and sign in.
you can certainly allow Google
Chrome to save your password
and here is your basic Gmail interface.
very clean easy to read
very obvious of what’s going on
in any aspect of this
Okay, so the main Gmail header here
this is your search box, of course Google
is known for their search, and
they have a very capable
search box for your email so you can
search the text or
of your contacts, whatever.
You can also use this for a web search.
Type in your search query
and then click ‘Search The Web’.
and below ‘Mail’, we have ‘Contacts’
that takes you to a list of contacts
to add a contact
simply click the ‘New Contact’ button.
Let’s add someone.
We’ll add my friend Blackshoo.
If you have a picture of your contact
you can click the box and you can
upload a picture
enter the email
and you can also add phone number,
address, birthday, their website,
anything like that. Google automatically
saves, you don’t have to save
all the time with Google products.
‘New Group’ so maybe you can have a group
of family or your closest
or a group of your lunch pals,
and under ‘Contacts’ is ‘Tasks’
you can assign yourself tasks, reminders,
grocery lists, whatever you want
and they will pop up to remind you when
now below here, is the ‘Chat’ section.
As i mentioned in a previous video,
the Google services
are all inter-related,
so the chat
is available through Gmail
and you’ll see when someone is online
or signed in
to their Google account, their name will appear with either
a little phone by it that shows that
they’re available for chat
and if the’re on a laptop that has
a built-in webcam they’ll have a little
camera here next to them so you can
video chat with them very easily
and if you have a friend here who you would like to be on
Gmail you can send them an invitation.
now here of course, the Inbox.
Google Buzz, nothing to really think
about, you kind of ignore that.
Starred items, so when you have mail
come in, you can add a star
that marks it as important
Sent mail. Drafts. and then that there
are these tabs here
that are Labels that you can create.
So let’s send a message. Let’s send an
email to my friend Blackshoo.
As soon as you just type the first
couple of letters,
since it’s in your Address Book, the name
will appear. You can just click that
and it’s ready to go.
and it’s as simple as that
there’s a nice overview of Gmail.
In future videos we will be covering
some of the more in-depth aspects of
as well as the rest of Google services.
Thank you for watching Ask Mr. Cloud!