Watch out, scammers about

GRAHAM Bird considers himself internet savvy but even he was almost taken in by scammers trying to get access to his computer.

Mr Bird was phoned at his Gulmarrad home on Monday by a person claiming to be from Telstra who said they had detected problems with Mr Bird's computer.

The caller then encouraged him to download a program and pay $6 to register it.

"I must have spent an hour arguing with them but they almost tricked me," Mr Bird said.

"Eventually I started having my doubts about them and when they asked for a contact phone number I told them that if they were really from Telstra they would know my mobile number and should call me back on it.

"At that point they got very angry and they haven't called back."

Mr Bird did go as far as downloading the program which wiped out some of the files on his computer.

He has been able to recover them.

"The caller was very convincing and I worry about people who aren't as clued up about the internet," Mr Bird said.

"People could get tricked into paying them money because they ask you to register with them for four years, and could lose vital information from their computer if they don't know how to recover it.

"One of the giveaways is that the caller tried to give me an ID number that was nine figures long.

"I phoned Telstra afterwards and they said their ID numbers are only ever six figures long."



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