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Sick of all the scamming emails! Here’s how to outsmart the scammers.

Here’s a key piece of information you need to know:

A few weeks ago, a PayPal scam was circulating. The giveaway was the incorrectly spelt email address.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve received scam emails from:

  • Myer One
  • Woolworths
  • David Jones and more!

Most of those emails have an obvious tell tale sign, until I received one from Westpac.

Now, if you don’t bank with Westpac – it’s quite obvious that the email is not legitimate. But if you do, how can you tell if it’s a scam?

The email address was displayed as: ccapplications@westpac.com.au

The subject of the email was “Important information regarding your account”. Then in the body of the email there was a link to click to “review and confirm account information”.

Now, here’s a BIG tip. When you hover over the so-called link – the destination of the link is usually displayed in the bottom left hand corner of your browser window.

I noticed the link address looked like this:

The link would’ve taken me to a scam website: ibusinessolutions.it!

So, before you click on a link – notice the destination that it will take you to!

Have you ever experienced these scam emails? Please share in the comments below.

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  • yeah a few days ago i won $4,500,000 USD but i was so excited that i deleted the email.

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  • I am really good with this. I get a lot of scam emails pretending to be big companies like Telstra. They won’t scam me but they may scam others so I always get in touch with the actual company and let them know, ask if I can pass it along to them etc

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  • Wow a great tip. Never been scammed it I worked in a bank and saw a lot of it!

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  • A great tip. There are so many scams going around. My brother in law actually responded to one once, just to mess around with them. After playing with them for a little while they realised what was going on and actually offered him a job writing their scam emails for them as his English was much better than theirs.


    • Oh my God, what a great story! If you’re looking for another funny scam email story, look up TED Talk’s “This is what happens when you reply to spam email”. Hysterical!

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  • Thanks for the tip, so much of it around now!

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  • These emails are annoying, but the good news is if you log into your account the normal way there will a message from the commany in the messages box up the top of the screen.. I do hate the emails from companies that say you have won a gift voucher etc.. But if you scroll down to the bottom of the screen the all come from the USA.

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  • At “The Checkout” yesterday they were talking about scams too, on the phone this time. They phone saying that you have a virus in your pc and they will help you out. They want to gain access to your pc to steal data and infect it too. Just close the phone. The same if they ask you for the credit card number. Don’t give it.

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  • I’ve had quite is few, the latest being from JB HIFI. They’re pretty easy to spot, usually the spelling and grammar is a giveaway for he. Basically, if it’s too good to be true, it usually is

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  • Thanks for that hint. I get these emails all the time and I just don’t open them as I know my bank won’t contact me that way. But your hint is definitely something I will use from now on.

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  • l have e-mails from National Bank and others claming l have won money etc and they go straight to Junk mail and l don’t open them.

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  • Ugh, they’re so annoying aren’t they! I find it best to put these emails in your spam account as soon as they come through.

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  • Oh my god thank you for the tips!

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  • Have received a few scam emails from NAB recently. Luckily, I don’t have an account with NAB, but the emails can seem very convincing at first.

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  • Thank you for sharing!!!

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  • I always block the email addresses from my account.
    Recently a friend in the US had to jump in and stop his grandson from being a victim of a scam. He was selling some shoes online and the guy contacted him via phone about buying the shoes and said he would send a money order. he did but it was for $1100 more then the shoes. He said he had made a mistake and sent the wrong one but suggested that he cash the money order and then send the shoes and the $1100 back. SCAM. The money order is a fake and if you cash it in a couple of weeks it bounces and leaves your account in debit.

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