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A scam that is 'doing the rounds' is one that my husband received a few weeks ago. He got a text in the middle of the night requesting urgent help, from a number that he didn't recognise. Thinking it might be from his elderly parents or someone texting on their behalf, he called the number when he saw it first thing the next day.
Recently, I have been seeing a huge number of my Facebook friends friend re-posting the same post (or slight variations thereof) - stating that Facebook is limiting posts from their friends and that, getting friends to leave a comment or sticker in response to their post will force Facebook to show posts from a wider range of their friends
Here are just some of the scams I came across this week. If you have any you would like to share with us, leave a comment at the bottom.
Beware of fake NAB text (or text from any other 'bank')
Just this morning, I received an SMS - it is shown on the left in the image above. While I did know it would be a scam, I tapped the link on my iPhone to see where it took me. (I wouldn't recommend this to others, but knew in this case I would be safe to look at the where it took me.)
On the right in the above image is the web page that I was taken to. It looks very 'real', doesn't it?
But the first sign it is a scam is that there is no 'lock' symbol on the left of the website at the top of the screen, which you should always check for on any site that asks you to enter any details. Here's what it should have looked like.
No, I don't have any 'Bitcoin'
In another text I received this week, I was advised that I had 'Bitcoin' in my account, valued at $7616.11. Lucky me! Unfortunately, yet another scam to beware of.
Fake WhatsApp app in the Google Play store
If you are an Android user, be sure that you didn't download a fake WhatsApp app that appeared in the Google Play store. Apparently, over 1 million people have downloaded this fake, malicious app.
Read more about this one here:
Beware of dating apps
While very few people who read this newsletter are likely to be using dating apps like Tinder, here is news of potential 'leaks' of your private information associated with these apps. (PS. I saw this in the press, not because I use any of these apps!)
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