Home' The River News : July 10th 2019 Contents 2 – The River News, Wednesday, July 10, 2019
SEE INSIDE FOR
to Brian Oliver
to Brian Oliver
THE NEW FACE AT WAIKERIE LAWN & GARDEN SERVICE.
Providing an all-round lawn and garden
maintenance and handyman service in
Waikerie and surrounding areas - still affiliated
with and working alongside Irrigear Waikerie.
Call us today for a prompt and
competitive quote 0409 098 026
A LOCAL woman is warning the
community to beware of an email scam
targeting the region after her business
email was hacked.
Jenni Searle was contacted by five people
from a business email list last week. All five
said they had received an email from her
account asking them to purchase iTunes
“When I knocked off work last Wednes-
day (July 3), I had several missed calls and
text messages from people,” she said.
“There was no pattern – other business
owners and clients, friends, and even some-
one from an insurance company.
“When I followed them up, they all told
me the same thing: my email had been
hacked and someone was using it to ask
them to buy iTunes gift cards.
“I couldn’t believe it.”
The scammers, posing as Ms Searle,
asked people to buy $400 and $100 iTunes
gift cards for her niece’s birthday, scratch
the back of the cards, take a photo of the
pin and email the image to them.
Ms Searle said no one she knew of had
fallen for the scam.
“As far as email scams go, it’s a pretty
obvious one,” she said.
“And it was an easy fix – I just changed
my email password, logged out and logged
back in. So hopefully that’s sorted.
“But people should be aware that this is
going around – I’d hate to have someone call
me up saying they bought the gift cards and
could I please pay them back $400.”
SA Police Murray Mallee Superinten-
dent James Blandford said people need to
be aware of the dangers on the internet and
guard their personal details.
“I don’t know how to get the message out
once and for all, but no one will ever ask
you to buy an iTunes gift card or Bitcoin to
pay off a debt or for a friend’s birthday via
email,” he said.
“Emails like these need to be treated
with suspicion – people should always call
the sender and speak to them directly.
“You’ve just got to be a little bit defensive
and highly suspicious of anything on email
or the web.”
Supt. Blandford said victims of cyber-
crime can report directly via an Australian
Government reporting network.
“Cyber crime is so international now
a lot of it we can’t investigate, but the
Australian Cyber Security Centre focuses
that information and can use it to pinpoint
perpetrators,” he said.
“But there is a community responsibility
here as well; we have put some informa-
tion up with Woolworths and Coles to keep
a lookout for anyone buying an unusual
amount in gift cards.
“The more people who aware, the more
we can stop this sort of thing happening.
“Some of these scams target the elderly
and the vulnerable – the people who really
can’t afford to lose that money, and it breaks
To report a cyber crime, visit https://
For tips on cyber security awareness
and staying safe online, visit https://bit.
‘BEWARE OF SCAMMERS’
Local businesswoman urges people to be aware of potential email hacks...
LOCAL businesswoman Jenni Searle said her email account was hacked by scammers, who
sent out emails asking her contacts to buy iTunes gift cards.
PHOTO: Erin Williams
SEE INSIDE FOR
UPPER LEVEL LOWER LEVEL FLOW
FOG THEN SUNNY
WINDY WITH SHOWERS
A LEARNER driver
caught speeding in
Waikerie last week
has lost her licence
on the spot after being
more than 45km/h
over the speed limit.
The 18-year-old Mil-
dura woman was detect-
ed travelling at 161km/h
in a 110km/h zone at
about 9pm on Wednes-
day, July 3.
The driver was identi-
fied as holding a Victoria
learners permit, which
she failed to produce,
while also driving with-
out an accompanying
The driver was issued
an expiation notice for
numerous offences, and
will lose her licence for
Power tools stolen
Learner loses licence
A CAMBRAI shed break-in is
under investigation after a large
quantity of electrical equipment
was stolen last month.
The power tools and accessories
were stolen from the commercial
shed, located on Gerschwitz Road,
sometime between 5pm Tuesday, June
18, and 8am Wednesday, June 19.
Items taken include Hilti-branded
drills and grinders, an Xplorer air
compressor, a grass/brush trimmer,
and a Stihl blower vac.
Police are urging anyone with
information on the theft to contact
Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or
online at www.crimestopperssa.
Links Archive July 3rd 2019 July 17th 2019 Navigation Previous Page Next Page