|Elliott Sound Products||Spam, Scams & Security|
© 2003 - Rod Elliott (ESP)
Page Updated 2019
|Spam||There's a lot more to this vile abuse than first meets the eye||Apr 03|
|Scams||Some of these are mind-numbingly dumb, but people still get caught out||Sep 2019|
|Security||Is yours at risk? Some things for you to consider (and one you would never have guessed!)||Sep 03|
|Australian Government 'Scamwatch' Website|
This section of the ESP website is intended to let people know about 'new and exciting' spam and scam emails, and the many and varied ways that these frauds use to try to infect your computer or steal your identity and/or credit card details. This is only one of many such pages, and I can only report on things I've encountered. The Australian Government's 'Scamwatch' website (linked above) is always worth looking at, as it can alert you to anything new that pops up - hopefully before you get scammed or phished.
There are many websites that cover nothing else, and these pages contain only a small subsection of all the scammers and spammers that unfortunately abound on the Net. Nevertheless, I hope that I can help save a few people from the embarrassment and inconvenience of falling for a well crafted attempt to gain information that can cause considerable distress when stolen.
Always remember that any offer that seems too good to be true, almost certainly is too good to be true, and is therefore decidedly untrue. It can be hard to tell sometimes, but if there is the slightest doubt that the offer is genuine, then avoid it until you've done some research.
Microsoft will never pay you to forward emails, reputable suppliers don't have websites that claim to be encrypted but don't use the secure http protocol (https). Banks never ask for your PIN and government departments (such as the tax office) never send unsolicited emails without your name but offer to send you money. Always check the website address carefully - it shows in your browser's address panel, and it's well worth your while to make sure that you know where the site is hosted if it's something new.
Your bank will never ask you for your account number and PIN in an email and government departments, banks and credit card issuers will use your full name in any correspondence - they never send emails without this. Nor do they ask you to provide highly detailed and very personal information in generic emails. Double check the reply to address in any email that asks for information, and if there's the smallest doubt, phone the government department, bank or company concerned to verify that the email is real.