COMMENT: Scammer education well timed
THE IPSWICH crime prevention unit will launch a cyber scam awareness campaign called "Tact Before Text” next Monday, with the aim of better educating us on the risks involved in using the world wide web.
Considering the number of scams we hear about at the QT, this campaign couldn't have come soon enough.
Cybercrime is rampant and the perpetrators of it are shameless in their attempts to get hold of personal information.
Anonymity is their friend and they'll stoop to whatever low necessary to get their hands in the pockets of the vulnerable.
Just yesterday morning I received an email claiming to be from the MyGov website, requesting that I confirm my identity by clicking on a link. If you haven't received this one yet, expect it in the next few weeks as it is probably another one that is doing the rounds.
When you constantly receive scam emails you will know what to look out for - excessive use of exclamation marks, or a dodgy-looking return email address - but not all of us are quite so suspicious.
Tact Before Text will rightly focus its attention on seniors and international students - two of the most at-risk groups - with a series of education sessions across the district.