Tagged With scam of the week

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Apple's popularity makes it an inevitable target for scam emails. This one currently doing the rounds is a fairly obvious fake, not least because it asks people to fill in an attached HTML form.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Scammers regularly use popular company names to try and fool people into clicking on links that promote dodgy online retailers or distribute malware. One version doing the rounds at the moment falsely claims that Woolworths will give you a $50 gift voucher.

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There's a scam email doing the rounds right now which invites people to take part in a Westpac competition to share your best saving tips. While Westpac is running such a competition, the email has nothing to do with it: it's just another classic scam mail which links to a dodgy site entirely unconnected to Westpac.

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Given Facebook's near-ubiquity and its habit of changing user communication preferences on a whim, it's no surprise that it's the frequent subject of fake message scams from criminals. One scam email currently doing the rounds (I've seen it at least a dozen times in my own account over the last week) pretends to contain notifications of new friend requests in order to con unsuspecting users into clicking on a link.