Be aware of cyber scammers

WHITSUNDAY residents are urged to keep an eye out for computer scams and viruses that are circulating on websites and through emails.

Dateline Computers manager Greg Hammon has received calls from concerned computer users about problems after receiving fraudulent emails.

“I know there is a UPS (United Parcel Service) one from an American mob who attaches viruses to messages.”

Mr Hammon said people needed to take more caution when opening emails and using their computer.

Cannonvale resident Marlese Hurley said she almost fell victim to computer scammers who tried to install a virus on her PC.

“I opened my emails and there was one saying that there was a parcel waiting for me to collect at the post office,” she said.

She went to the post office but there was nothing to be picked up.

“That's when I realised it was a scam.”

Ms Hurley said she counted herself lucky that she did not open the attachment which would have triggered the virus to spread.

Mr Hammon said some of the scams people had received in the past included emails asking for bank details or confirmation about personal details.

“Never ever click it because it will load viruses onto your computer system,” he said.

“You should delete them straight away.”

Mr Hammon advised people who had received fraudulent emails to take the correct steps in reducing their risk of losing data on their computer.

“If you have a virus then take it to a computer doctor,” he said.

“If you believe you are the victim of a scam report it to the Federal Police as they deal with IT crime.”


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