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Unfortunately, there seems to be a new scam every day! That’s why it’s important to remain vigilant and be on the look out.

These scam emails will use the same logo, layout and branding as big name companies such as “Apple” and “Telstra”. More often than not these emails will ask you to either confirm your personal details or pay a bill!

For example, we’ve recently had a client reach out to us about a suspicious email from “Telstra” which looked like a regular bill and asked to “view my bill”.

Usually there are a few tell tale signs such as spelling errors, or odd links (When you hover your mouse over a link, it will tell you the destination URL. In this scam, all the links pointed to the Telstra website, except for the Scam link), however this particular scam looked so legit that I have to admit, it took us a while to pick it – Scary! By clicking this view my bill button, your computer will then be prompted to run certain software or you may get unexpected pop-ups!

So how do you detect a scam email? What are the signs to look out for?

The Tell Tale Signs Of A Scam

THE TELL TALE SIGNS OF A SCAM

SIGN #1

If you look at the “From:” email address, it’s trying to imitate “Telstra” but the end of the email says “printisdeadforhire.com”That’s definitely not Telstra!

SIGN #2

No names! Notice the distinct lack of any names, this is often an indication that this scammer only has your email and is trying to make it generic sounding as to not call you by someone else’s name. Another tactic that they use is to call you by your email address so it would say something like “Hi hello@readytechgo.com.au”.

SIGN #3

Poor English and grammar! While this example doesn’t have any sure signs of poor grammar, a lot of scams do!

It only takes a single lapse of judgement so please be mindful and aware of these signs!

If you’re unsure of your account activity or if a bill is legitimate or not, it’s always best to open up your internet browser and visit the site directly (not via the email).

  • Yeah I’ve had a few too and they usually have a give away sign but for someone who isn’t always on the lookout for scams then they’re in trouble they should only deal directly with whatever company it is.

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  • The scams are pretty easy to spot. Basically, if it seems too good to be true, then it usually is.

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  • Yes there are a lot of scams out there these days and it’s best to sign into the true site or call the company to check. No family can afford to be scammed.

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  • I always check these sorts of emails and never provide any of my details it’s too risky.

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  • There is no doubt that the Scams are getting increasingly hard to depict – all emails should be read both thoroughly and carefully and, if in doubt, call the so-called sender to confirm!

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  • Thanks for this great article it’s a real eye opener

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  • Thanks for the heads up. Really scary!!!


    • It’s kinda sad the world is coming to this!

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  • Scary ! So important to be on the watch at all times with this !

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  • Unfortunately, when busy and scrolling through the many emails we receive daily, we can quickly fall for these. I’m sure that’s what the scammers are banking on. My husband received this one and picked up on it, but it now makes me very alert and nervous at how clever the scammers are becoming.

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  • The poor english, spelling and grammar is often such a giveaway. Also when they use the opening greeting of Dear ____? Surely they know the name if you bank with them or receive a service from the company!


    • Also if ever in doubt I pick up a phone and follow up with a call!

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  • Legit emails ALWAYS have your name. Same goes for Paypal etc. the email address and whether it your name are always the best way to tell and if in doubt call the company to check.

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  • Yeah, I’m very paranoid about ANY links in email.

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