News

'Tis the season to be wary with scammers out in force

IPSWICH police have warned people to be particularly cautious this Christmas, with scammers coming out in full force during the festive season.

Inspector Keith McDonald said scams occurred all year but the Christmas shopping period was a prime time for fraudsters.

Insp McDonald urged people to be vigilant when using ATMs and EFTPOS terminals at shopping locations.

He said there had been reports of "skimming" in the Ipswich area and people had to be extra careful during the Christmas shopping period.

Skimming devices are smaller than a deck of cards.

They are often fastened near, or over the top of, the ATM's factory-installed card reader.

The mechanical modifications made by the scammers allowed them to capture data from the magnetic stripe on the back of the ATM card.

Insp McDonald said people using an ATM should look out for any suspicious device attached to the card entry point of the machine and always cover their hand when entering their PIN.

People should also examine their bank statements for suspicious transactions.

Insp McDonald said shopping online also made buyers a target for credit card fraud and identity theft.

"Most people know someone who has been a victim of cyber crime," he said.

"Shoppers have to take care when they are making purchases on the web and make sure the sites they use are safe, secure and reputable."

An Australian Bureau of Statistics survey found more than half of all Australians now buy and sell on the internet.

Insp McDonald warned that cyber criminals could also exploit unsecured wireless networks to steal personal data or even money.

"People just have to be careful and if something looks suspicious to report it immediately," he said.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recently reported a 65% jump in online shopping scams.

More than 8000 victims of online shopping frauds complained to the ACCC last year.

Their losses totalled $4,038,479.

Card safety tips

  • Choose ATMs within bank branches, which are safer than ATMs in bars or shops
  • Well-lit and supervised places are also safer.
  • If you're standing at a bank of ATMs, compare them with each other for any small differences.
  • Use a hand to cover the key pad while you enter your PIN.

Topics:  credit card fraud cyber crime eftpos identity theft online shopping



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Damaging winds, rain and hail likely for parts of SEQ

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones are likely.

These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to northeast

UPDATE: Contents of suspicious package confirmed

Boonah hospital

Bomb squad confirms contents of suspicious package at hospital

Thunder and lightning and very, very frightening

The moment lightning struck the small power station other side of the house and blacked out parts of Redbank Plains for a short time.

Local photographer captures light show over Ipswich

Local Partners

Nominations now open for next Member for Lockyer

Following Ian Rickuss' announcement that he will not be contesting the next state election, the LNP is today opening nominations for the seat of Lockyer.


CHRISTMAS SHUT DOWNS: Art Gallery's holiday hiatus

Explore the tunnels and slides made entirely from 56,000 metres of packing tape designed and created by artist Eric Lennartson direct from the US!

Council advises of Christmas-New Year shut downs for CBD attractions

Top 5 Christmas events around Ipswich

The Twighlight Christmas Parade was just the first of many events around the region.

THERE are plenty of exciting Christmas activities coming up.

It's official, Christmas has started in Ipswich

TIS THE SEASON: Plenty of families got into the holiday spirit at the Christmas Twilight Parade.

PHOTOS: Annual Twilight Parade draws hundreds, more events to come

MOVIE REVIEW: Bad Santa 2

Billy Bob Thornton and Brett Kelly in a scene from Bad Santa 2.

NAUGHTY Santa sequel falls flat.

CHRISTMAS SHUT DOWNS: Art Gallery's holiday hiatus

Explore the tunnels and slides made entirely from 56,000 metres of packing tape designed and created by artist Eric Lennartson direct from the US!

Council advises of Christmas-New Year shut downs for CBD attractions

Coldplay bathes Brisbane fans in sea of colour

Chris Martin, lead singer of British rock band Coldplay, performs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Coldplay are in Australia for a five-show tour. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

Frontman Chris Martin drapes himself in Australian flag

Sia, Keith Urban top Aussie Grammy nominations

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban at the 50th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards

Beyonce dominates with nine nods for 2017 Grammy Awards

New gallery connects humanity and nature

One of Craig Parry's amazing images to be shown at the gallery.

Well known photographer to display one metre images

Hailey Baldwin: I don't understand Taylor Swift's squad

Hailey Baldwin has taken a quick stab at Taylor Swift and co.

Council opens up on 'secret' private development companies

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

REVEALED: Timeline for CBD redevelopment

The new redevelopment of the CBD will take place in stages.

Lindsay gives the good oil on when the work will begin

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

PHOTOS: World class CBD to lift Ipswich

An artist's impressions of the future Ipswich city mall.

Grand plans to transform city heart unveiled today

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!