Hello all at Probus,
1 Just a brief update from the Trades and Services Co-ordinator.
The Club’s excel (spreadsheet) listing for Trades and Services is extensive and can assist you to get those jobs around the home done – let me know if you need a list of a few contacts.
But be aware that building and renovation costs are rising rapidly, and good tradies are busy, so plan ahead.
2 I have also been made aware of a range of new SCAMS to be alert to.
- These include at COLES supermarkets, you can be told to buy gift cards to pay a “debt” or emails to buy them as “staff rewards”
Call the store Manager, or Police or check at www.scamwatch.gov.au, or if related to the ATO call them on 1800 008 540.
- I have also been alerted to unpaid Telstra and PayPal accounts which are SCAMS.
When you see the country of origin listed on the email as Russia – for the Account that you are being asked to pay for in Australia, that should be enough to be a warning and raise a red flag for you!
- There is also a recent local set of SCAMS related to puppies, so please be careful.
If you need further information of SCAMS, I suggest that you refer to the excellent SCAM items now listed the Club Website, and/or refer to the current updates on the
Commonwealth Government site >> “be connected” , or the ACCC – SCAMWATCH site – for more details on SCAMS if you are concerned.
Mobile 0409 504 486
Recognising a Scam
Be wary of buyers or sellers who:
- are offering items at prices much lower than market value
- ask you to send funds or items overseas
- will not provide contact details to you after you agree to transact with them
- ask you to pay via a money transfer service (eg Western Union or MoneyGram).
- who want to enter your home – do not let them in.
Be wary of emails or phone calls:
- where you are asked you to update, validate or confirm your account details, password or personal information by replying to the email or visiting a website
- from a person or sender you do not know
- that are not specifically addressed to you
- that promise you some sort of benefit.
Be wary of deals that seem too good to be true. They often are!
If you suspect a scam:
- make no further contact with the seller
- do not respond with your personal or financial information
If you suspect a phishing email (one that claims to be from a legitimate organisation but isn’t):
- delete it without replying or clicking on any links (even the ones that say ‘unsubscribe’)
- give the organisation a call yourself to check if you’re not sure.