Not a month goes by when we are not telling you about the many scams that are doing the rounds this month.
Anyone in Melbourne who listens to 3AW and the rumour file will have already heard about the elderly woman who went into a post office with $12,000 in cash and wanted to post it to an address in India. A scammer had phoned her and convinced her into believing if she sent the money, then the scammer would deposit even more money into her bank account.. kapow! scam alert!
In this game, if it sounds too good to be true… it is! It is a scam! When in any doubt, give us a call and we will check for you (no cost).
Domain Name Scam
We’ve had a few calls from customers about domain names, but each time it was the old scam of trying to get our customer to renew a domain they never owned in the first place. It goes something like this.
Dear Mr Smith,
Your domain name is about to expire.
Here is the clever part: they include a valid domain name that the customer does own: www.domainname.com.au
It is now time to renew your domain. Click on the link below to renew your domain.
But the link takes the client to a form that renews: www.domainname.com (notice the difference = .au is missing)
In other words, if you look really closely the domain will be similar BUT is never the same. The scam is you are paying to register an entirely new domain name, and or the web page form is a hoax and it will send your credit card information to the scammer.
Our advice, if the email and request is not from us, delete the email, its a hoax. If you are really in doubt, and the domain does look the same, before doing anything, give us a call and we will check for you.
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Bank Email Scam
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Stay safe online!