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Beware Scam Emails

With scam emails becoming more prevalent and increasingly believable it is no surprise that more people are falling victim to cunning scammers. A common goal for many scammers is relieving you of your money and research shows those who have fallen for a scam in the past are likely to be targeted again. Often a first warning sign can be the random nature in which you are approached. Email scams will often come from a person or company you don’t know offering you quick rewards or gains.

More often than not claims like these are in fact totally fictitious or the scammer may be falsely representing the company. However simpler email scams are emerging with some being delivered in the form of just a link in the body of an email. In some cases these emails can even appear to come from an email address or person you might know. Consider the following before clicking a link in a suspicious email:

  • Were you expecting this email or was it ‘out of the blue’?
  • Is the link the only content in the email?
  • Is it a shortened link that doesn’t actually display the web address you’ll be led to?
  • Is it just hyperlinked text?

Another way to help determine the legitimacy of an email is by checking the number of recipients the email has. If the email has a high number of recipients but the content of the email is targeted at one person it could be a scam. The sender’s email address not matching up to the company they claim to represent could be another indicator. Investigate emails like this further before you act. Other signs can be within the content of the message itself. Look out for the following clues particularly if the email comes from a company you are familiar with:

  • Poor grammar and spelling;
  • Forcefully trying to sell you something;
  • Overstressing the safeness of the investment; and/or
  • Overstressing the urgency of a situation.

Sensitive and emotive subjects can entice recipients further which is exactly why scammers use such forceful tactics. This can range from ways to find love, sharing happiness and help with reducing your carbon footprint to enticing videos and images. Finally if an email requests sensitive information such as your credit card, bank account, Internet banking details or other personal information it is likely to be a scam and you should exercise extreme caution before providing these details to anyone. Remember, we will never request personal or sensitive information via email - if you receive an email requesting sensitive information report it immediately to us on 1300 553 582 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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