Warning to be wary of scam emails

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Residents are being warned not to respond to or open any attachments or links within the email.
Camera IconResidents are being warned not to respond to or open any attachments or links within the email.

Harvey shire residents are being urged to double check their emails after several reports of scammers posing as council representatives.

The emails, which were made to look like they were sent from a legitimate email address, requested residents to pay fines or overdue rates.

A spoof address used in some cases came from believable sender “shire@harvey.wa.gov.au” which is not a legitimate email address.

Harvey shire president Paul Gillett said several residents had reported the scam to the council.

“We’re trying to keep people on their toes with this one,” he said.

Mr Gillett said even the most computer literate people could be fooled if they were flicking through multiple emails.

“If I was having a quick flick through I would have believed it,” he said.

Key things to look for are spelling and grammar mistakes, vague requests for unpaid fines or invoices, links to external websites, requests for personal information and requests for money to be paid directly through a link in the email.

Mr Gillett warned residents not to respond to or open any attachments or links within the email.

Residents who receive an email that looks like it is from the council but are unsure, should call the shire office on 9729 0300.

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