I have had 5 of this type of email in the last few weeks. 2 for Norton security, 1 for McAfee, 1 for PayPal and a couple of days ago, 1 for Ebay. All using the same sort of billing scam wording. Naturally I checked my bank account over a few days each time, just to be sure there wasn’t a debit. So far all ok. I have reported each one to ScamWatch online, having ‘saved’ the emails so that I could ‘attach’ as requested. I always receive an email back from ScamWatch acknowledging, and showing all that I have reported to them. Hope you will do the same. (ScamWatch is run by the ACCC.)
Just a small addition to what I have said…The last scammer was also not good at maths. The ‘bill’ was for $500 with a 10% tax added. $15 was the 10% tax and of course it should be $50. Obviously not a very bright spark!! Even the ‘wording’ in the others left a little to be desired!!
Online scamming is getting out of hand. I don’t see much action by the authorities other than pushing the responsibility back to us. That’s fine for those of us that are tech savvy and wily enough to spot a scam, but what about those that aren’t? They are the ones the scammers target. They are the ones the authorities should be protecting but they aren’t, evidenced by the billions reported to have been scammed. We hear of drug busts etc. but very little of scammers being caught. Yes, it’s hard but so is arresting a bikie boss.
What can we do? Should we lobby our local representatives? Is there a better way?
What about the scam victims who have taken reasonable steps to protect themselves? What about the banks and others that hide behind their own weaknesses to justify handing over our funds etc to the wrong person? Should their failures go without penalty or compensation to their genuine customers?
Reality is ongoing competition between improving consumer digital literacy and more sophisticated and effective scams. The escalation of data leaks is exposing many more to risk. Our ability to control that risk is arguably being diminished.
Is leaving government out of the discussion and a call to take personal responsibility a call to return to the lawlessness of the Wild West for those who fall victim? Governments exist, hopefully with purpose and intent that we don’t need to take the law physically into our own hands. The consumer holster needs to be more than lightly packed hanging on a belt loaded with wet feathers.
Sure it is obvious. But there are two issues in this post. The first is about a scam with obvious typos and obviously not legitimate, and the second is a recurring direct charge for subscription that may or may not be legitimate. I maintain legitimate unless otherwise corrected.
Perhaps these two should not intermixed as it is causing confusion. Not helped by me posting a response to something that appeared, and subsequently disappeared just after I posted, by someone using the powers of a moderator.