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Virus Hoax, Fraud and Email post talks about different types of e-mail frauds circulating around the globe. People keep falling for these kinds of traps.

Last Updated: September 6, 2018

Revision Update: I have added another link to the list below.

I have added a list below with some very useful links, which I keep using to do my own checking.  I would suggest that if you have not done so in the past now is a good time to check these links and even add them as your favorites on your browser.

Virus Hoax, Fraud and Email

The following is an example of an e-mail Hoax being sent to people around the world. If you ever receive this e-mail make sure you disregard it and delete it straight away. The reason being, it is a hoax e-mail being circulated. Please forward this information to your colleagues, family and friends.

Note: If you ever receive an e-mail that looks to good to be true, then it is. Delete the e-mail straight away.

Subject: Fw: Please forward on, it has been confirmed by Telstra & Australia Police

Hi Everyone,
Please read below and pass on to your family & friends.

I got a call last night from an individual identifying himself as an Telstra Service technician who was conducting a test on our
Telephone lines.
He stated that to complete the test I should touch nine(9),zero ( 0), hash (#) and then hang up.
Luckily, I was suspicious and refused. Upon contacting the telephone company, I was informed that by pushing 90#, you give the
Requesting individual full access to your telephone line, which allows
Them to place long distance telephone calls billed to your home phone number.
I was further informed that this scam has been originating from many of the local gaols/prisons.
DO NOT press 90# for ANYONE. PLEASE pass this on to your friends.
If you have mailing lists and/or newsletters from organizations you are connected with, I encourage you to pass this on

Stephen Cooper
Detective Senior Constable 29748
Victoria Police State Crime Squads
Level 12, 412 St. Kilda Road , Melbourne
(03) 9865 2663 or 0414644499

The following is a list of websites, you can use to check any hoax or fraud e-mails you have received.

  • Hoax slayer: Hoax-Slayer is dedicated to debunking email hoaxes, thwarting Internet scammers, combating spam, and educating web users about email and Internet security issues.
  • Sopes: The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
  • Truth or fiction: Get the truth about rumors, inspirational stories, virus warnings, hoaxes, scams, humorous tales, pleas for help, urban legends, prayer requests, calls to action, and other forwarded emails.
  • Common Mobile Phone Scams: The Most Common Mobile Phone Scams & How to Avoid Them

The following URL Elder Fraud provides information, examples etc that can help seniors, carers learn how to identify fraud and scams. This is a very good read and if you can, please share this link through social media and e-mails to family, friends and work colleagues.

If you know of any more sites to add to the above list, please let me know.

Kind regards

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Manuel Ballesta Ruiz is a web developer, Blogger and WordPress Enthusiast.

  One Response to “Virus Hoax, Fraud and Email”

  1. Shoot, so that’s that one supopess.

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