Computer fraud – don’t fall for it

You’ll kick yourself if you fall for these scams.  Don’t let your guard down and let unscrupulous people take advantage of you.

Here’s some information about recent cases of fraud or ‘identity gathering’ that have taken place in our local area:

Some computer owners have clicked on a popup or email that said words to the effect of “YOUR COMPUTER IS RUNNING SLOW, CLICK HERE FOR US TO OPTIMISE IT’S PERFORMANCE.”

A sales pitch then follows which encourages you to allow someone to remote access your computer. If you allow remote access to your computer, your bank and identity details are compromised as are all the photos and valuable information you store there.

Do not give a stranger access to your computer!

You would never allow a stranger to enter your house without ID, so don’t let them into your computer.

If you have a problem with your computer, talk to one of the many local businesses that we have. They can help, and you know who they are. Under no circumstances EVER, give a stranger your bank or credit card details.

When you see they have taken all your money, it is too late, as it’s often very difficult if not impossible to recover money and your identity will be compromised for a very long time.

Another ‘scam’ going around is the ‘eticket’ scam emails from sites pretending to be police. While the Queensland Police Service are using ‘etickets’ for traffic offences, they don’t just randomly ‘pop up’. If you get an email telling you there is a fine in your name and you were not stopped or there is some mystery about the incident, contact your local police station to clarify.

If you have been a victim of any form of computer crime the National Government has instituted ACORN, Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network, which you can access here.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or 24hrs a day.

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