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Cyber-Criminals Exploit ACCC’s Name in New E-mail Scam

Scammers are exploiting ACCC's name in Australia, an organization which safeguards people against Internet frauds within the country, while trying to so dupe them that they would give away their money to the cyber-criminals, published The Sydney Morning Herald dated November 3, 2014.

In an alert to the public, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission referred to a fraudulent electronic mail that abused ACCC's name while told recipients that the organization owed them a small amount of money.

Proceeding further, the spurious electronic mail states that an ACCC initiative vis-à-vis one fraudster led it to gain a capital sum of $195,000. In this context, every person is entitled for getting a $400 so he/she must contact on one specific telephone number.

Delia Rickard Deputy Chairperson of ACCC articulated that the e-mail was clearly phony which used the general people's faith within the agency the message posed as representing. Itwire.com published this, November 4, 2014.

Rickard explained that the e-mail was still one more kind of those frauds wherein scammers asserted as being officials of a bank, government else some other trustworthy company while promised monies like grants or refunds.

Fraudsters, while executing the e-mail scam, utilize one clearly false e-mail id that also sounds partly official as in acccgovau@gmail.com as well as shows the message sender's name as ACCC GOV_AU.

The ACCC is trying getting Aussies to give second thoughts to such e-mails prior to clicking on them by reminding them how government departments won't ever get in touch with them telling they should deposit money upfront for claiming any rebate/fee.

Incidentally, during 2014, the ACCC received as many as 7,890 complaints about the above type of reclaim scams in January-July that resulted in over $350,000 in losses, while another 7,740 similar complaints had arrived during 2013.

ACCC got to know about the latest e-mail fraud, when during September, it participated in a global sweep against numerous dating websites that aimed at mitigating romance scams.

Therefore, incase anybody receives an e-mail just from nowhere and is informed he's eligible for getting cash but after depositing an upfront payment, he should simply erase it, recommends ACCC.

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