AUSTRALIAN Federal Police (AFP) have released a number of tips for computer users to avoid scammers.
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AFP national coordinator cyber crime operations superintendent Brad Marden said the AFP was aware of an email warning about Visa and Mastercard scammers but that information should be ignored. He said more information was available on the website www.scamwatch.gov.au

Mr Marden said there were some simple rules to help avoid scammers. “If you don’t know who sent an email, delete it,” he said.

“Beware of any unsolicited email, many scams are perpetrated by email. Government departments, legitimate financial institutions, social networking organisations or any other website will not ask you for personal details or ask to confirm your account details, including your password, via email. Ignore the email and contact them directly.”

The police chief said computer users should stop and think before clicking on hyperlinks or attachments in emails.

“Never open attachments from people you don’t know and scan email attachments with security software before opening them. Beware of emails that don’t address you by name,” he said.

“Your personal information is valuable, protect it. Don’t post your email addresses in online forums or other online sites. Never reveal details that might identify you such as your full name, date of birth, place of birth, address or contact numbers. Think before you post online as it can never be completely deleted. Don’t post anything you don’t want strangers to know or find out about.”

Mr Marden urged the use of anti-virus programs and turn on automatic updates.

“Have robust security software (anti-virus, anti-spyware and a firewall) and make sure it is updated every time you log on,” he said.

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