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Toowoomba woman warns of email scam danger

Drayton resident Carolyn Prout is warning people to be wary of online bank scams after receiving a fraudulent email claiming her account had been frozen.
Drayton resident Carolyn Prout is warning people to be wary of online bank scams after receiving a fraudulent email claiming her account had been frozen. Kevin Farmer

AN ONLINE fraudster's attempt to clean out Carolyn Prout's bank account has prompted the Drayton woman to warn others of sophisticated email scams.

Mrs Prout contacted The Chronicle after receiving an email which claimed her bank account had been temporarily frozen.

The fraudster said all she had to do to unlock her funds was send through her account details.

She did not fall for it and contacted her bank to confirm the scam.

"There might be some elderly people or vulnerable people who will take up whatever they suggest you should do," Mrs Prout said.

Her husband David was surprised by the email's air of authenticity.

"There are usually spelling errors or grammatical errors but there was none of that," Mr Prout said.

"When we went to the bank the bank said if there was anything to do with a frozen account they would ask us to come in and do it over the counter."

The Federal Government Scamwatch website offers advice on how people can recognise and protect themselves from a range of scams, including email scams.

For more information visit www.scamwatch.gov.au.  

Topics:  bank, email scam, scamwatch, toowoomba, warning




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