Thousands scammed by fake ‘missed parcel delivery’ emails

More than 57 per cent of Australians are opting to buy Christmas gifts online this year. Photo: Joe ArmaoAustralians awaitingonline Christmas shopping deliveries have been warned of fake parcel delivery scams, which have tripled since this time last year.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Scamwatch has received more than 4300 complaints about the scam in 2016, with 350 people reporting that they provided personal information, including bank details, to scammers.

“Scammers typically send emails pretending to be from Australia Post or FedEx, to try and trick you into believing you have an ‘undeliverable package’,” said ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard.

“In some cases, these emails may include your name and address and include legitimate-looking company information, complete with fake logos.”

Common emails sent by scammers threaten to charge a fee for holding an undelivered item, which can only be retrieved by opening an attachment or clicking a download link that holds a ransomware virus to lock a computer.

“To unlock your computer, scammers demand payment in the form of bitcoins (a form of online currency) or wire transfer,” Ms Rickard said.

“Even if you pay the fee, there is no guarantee that you will be able to access your computer again.”

Ms Rickard said the scam was particularly effective at this time of year, as many Australians would be heading online for their Christmas shopping.

According to a recent survey by Aussie Farmers Direct more than 57 per cent of Australians are opting to buy Christmas gifts online this year.

Online will be the shopping destination of choice for 32 per cent of millennials, 22 per cent of Generations Xers and 14 per cent of baby boomers.

“Australia Post will never call you out of the blue to request payment or send you an email asking you to click on an attachment,” Ms Rickard said.

“If you receive an email about an undeliverable package, don’t open any attachments or download files, delete it straight away.”

On its website, Australia Post advises anyone who receives such an email to “delete it immediately” and to make a report to Scamwatch.

The warning comes just one week after the ACCC announced thatcomplaints on sharing economy platforms, such as Airbnb, had also tripled.

This year, the consumer watchdog has received more than50 reports of scams on sharing economy websites,with $80,000 reported lost to scammersrunning fake websites or requesting payments via third-party wire transfers.

Tips to avoid a fake parcel scamNever click on links or download attachments from emails you do not recognise – especially if they are ‘.exe’ files or ‘.zip’ files.Regularly back up your computer’s data on a separate hard drive.If you are suspicious about a ‘missed’ parcel delivery email, call the company directly by independently sourcingcontact details through an internet search or phone book.Remember: Australia Post will alwaysput a notice in your letter box if a package was undeliverable. Delete any email claiming to be from Australia Post about an undelivered package.This article first appeared on smh苏州美甲培训419论坛

Obesity rates sitting large

Mark Brennan

A PEAK body charged with creating healthy living habits in the south-west is making inroads into the battle against obesity.

The South West Primary Care Partnership (SWPCP) is tackling the weighty issue from the ground up.

Executiveofficer Mark Brennan said SWPCP covers the Warrnambool City, Moyne and Corangamite shire localgovernment areas.

These three municipalitiesare part of the Western District – a region that hasone of the highest obesity rates in the country, an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report says.

The report showed 70.1 per cent of the adult population in the Western District are overweight or obese.

These figures backup an earlier report from Victoria University which drilled down into obesity rates by local government area.

The information in the latterreport was gathered in 2011-12 and detailed the obesity rates across Moyne (65.4 per cent), Corangamite (66.5) and Warrnambool (65.9).

Mr Brennan said obesity sits large on the health landscape.

“Obesity is a massive risk factor for seven of the 12 chronic diseases so we have to invest more into prevention. It is bigger than a local issue,” he said.

“The health and community services agencies, local government and not-for-profit agencies are doing a fantastic job in working in partnership and applying multiple strategies across multiple settings.

“These agencies often receive short term non-recurrent funding for projects but what we really need is a long-term and a sustainable injection of funding to these organisations in order for them to make a real difference.”

A SWPCP impact report for 2015-16 shows an upward trend in the amount of programs put in place to encourage good health.

These include a climb in the implementation of healthy eating, water, physical activity, breastfeeding andoral health policies from 77 to 166.

This includes 24 of those policies relating tohealthy food, physical activity andwater in schools across the three local government areas.

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Things are going from bad to worse

LAST week the Liberal/National federal government got itself in an awful tizz about how best to make sure we meet our Paris climate change emission targets as Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg’s announcement that the government was considering introducing either a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme was swiftly contradicted by the Prime Minister (“Malcolm Turnbull scrambles to back away from any prospect of a carbon tax or ETS under Coalition” SMH, December 7).

If that’s not bad enough, at the same time it and the Queensland government seemed hell-bent on increasing our greenhouse gas emissions by their Adani Carmichael mega coalmine approvals.

Both these events will not only create difficulties with regards to meeting our agreed upon emissions targets, but at the same time they will increase our contribution to global warming and anthropomorphic induced climate change.

Let’s look at the contribution of the Feds first. The Turnbull government has reportedly given “conditional approval” for a $1 billion loan of public money to build the railway for the Reef-destroying Adani Carmichael mega coal mine.

“This is in the same year that coal-driven global warming caused the worst ever mass coral bleaching, killing 22% of the Great Barrier Reef, said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

The assertion that ‘big coal’ has captured our politics seems to be ringing truer with every passing day.

Now to the Queensland government.The $22-billion Carmichael coal and rail project has secured approval for a permanent rail line and a temporary construction camp.

Queensland’s Coordinator-General has given “the latest, and final, secondary approval” for about 31.5 kilometres of permanent track, as well as the 300-bed camp.

The rail section approved will form part of the 389 kilometre heavy haul railway line from the mine in the Galilee Basin to the Abbot Point port.

The mine will consist of six open-cut pits and up to five underground mines, and will supply Indian power plants with enough coal to generate electricity for up to 100 million people.

The controversial project involves dredging 1.1 million cubic metres of spoil near the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which will then be disposed of on land.

News of the mine’s approval sparked protests in across Australia last week. In Melbourne alone more than 250 gathered at the rally, ahead of a meeting between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Mr Adani.

The Australian Conservation Foundation’s Paul Sinclair said the project could still be stopped. “Every day that we stop Adani digging that coal is a day this planet is free from its pollution,” he said. Let’s hope so.

As I prepared this column I was wondering if things could get worse, when suddenly they did, with the news that President Elect Trump has appointed a very vocal climate change denier, Scott Pruitt, as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a lawyer who in the past has attempted to destroy that very agency.

Then last Friday came the news that at the COAG meeting PM Turnbull not only failed to support the call by the states for the Feds to back a uniform national emissions scheme, but also rejected the call by our Chief Scientist Professor Alan Finkel for Australia to adopt an Emissions Intensity Scheme. Things really are going from bad to worse.

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Great win for Lakes team

GreatLakes Cricket Club’s secondgrade team has moved to the top of the table following an emphatic win against Old Bar on Saturday.

In the top of the table clash at Tuncurry Oval captain Jay Withers won the toss and decided to have a bat.

The side was in trouble when both openers, Zac Withers and Mick Adams were dismissed in the opening overs leaving Great Lakes 2/2.

When Lincoln Blissett joined the captain they were able to steady the ship putting on a partnership of 18 runs before Withers advanced the Old Bar’s spinner and was stumped for nine.

Blissett was then joined by young Liam Simpson an other partnership was developed before Blissett was caught for 19 with the score on 48.

Simpson fell not long after for 21 well compiled runs.

Wickets continued to fall with the tail managing to get the final score to a defendable 83.

Sadheesh Rathnayake was the best with 11 runs.

Old Bar began their run chase but had no answer to the accurate bowling of the Great Lakes team.

While the catches were going to ground the bowlers held their lines and rattled the stumps on fiveoccasions.

Excellent ground fielding by Will Howard and Adam Lewis saw two great run outs.

Old Bar were dismissed for just 51 runs.

Will Howard produced his best bowling for the season taking 3/17, Sam Whitbread finished with the figures of 3/12 despite many dropped catches off his bowling.

Jay Withers chimed in with 2/4 off just threeovers.

These two teams will go head to head next Saturday in the MRDCA one day final at Tuncurry.

The competition will then recess over Christmas before the start of the two day competition on January 7.

Tuncurry Oval will also see the best of the under 16 cricketers from Northern NSW competing in the Stan Austin Trophy beginning on January 9, 2017.

The Cricket Mid North Coast under 16 Stan Austin Shield will be held from Monday, January 9 until Friday, January 13.

Last year’s Stan Austin Shield under 16 carnival played in Taree was washed out.

Did you know that cricket can be traced back to Tudor times n the early 16th-century England.

However, some historians claim earlier dates from 1301, but their is a lack of evidence to support these claims.

The first test match was between England and Australia in 1876–77at theMelbourne Cricket Ground. The rivalry between the two gave birth toThe Ashesin 1882 and has remained cricket’s most famous contest.

Great Lakes second grade move to the top of the table at picturesque Tuncurry Oval

Great Lakes and Old Bar will go head to head this Saturday in the MRDCA one day final at Tuncurry.

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Ladies day at the golf

Ladies day at the golf ENTERTAINING: From left Garry Phipps, Dave Harwood and Peter Bristol were entertaining trio to watch during last month’s charity golf day at the Parkes Golf Club.

EYE ON THE BALL: Bernie McCabe and Brian Hogan study Janelle Thompson’s shot during a charity golf day last month, raising awareness of autism.

LEADER: Frankie Cock who led the men a merry chase as she rattled up a mammoth 43 points during Saturday’s 18 hole Stableford.

TweetFacebookWEDNESDAY CHICKEN RUNFirstly, the results from last Wednesdays 9 Hole competition saw Graham Cooke take out the spoils with a solid 24 points.

Graham’s score saw him finish some three points clear of the field while in the Handicap section Troy Thomson led home the field on 21 plus 4 for 25.

This placed him just ahead of John O’Shannessy with 19 plus 5 for 24 points.

In the the minor placing on Wednesday was Tim Lasserre on 20 plus 2 for 22 points.

The days Lucky Card draw saw Tim Baker declared the winner.

This Wednesday the major prize on offer will be ham.

All players are urged to contest the event and don’t forget that the event is played with Preferred Lies applicable through the Green.

MEMBERS PARTY DAYThe annual Atlas Copco Australia sponsored Members party Day will held this Saturday, December 17 with the event being a 3 Person Ambrose.

Members get the chance to decide which of two tees times they can utilise as both 8am and 12.30pm have been allocated as the Shotgun starts.

Players also must do the calculations as to what Division they play in.

Division 1 is for teams off combined handicaps of 35 and less.

Division 2 is for teams off combined handicaps of 35 1/2 and more.

Cost for the day is just $20.00 with the club providing a complimentary Sausage Sizzle during the day.

A Team Nomination sheet is located near the Members Noticeboard and yes the Ladies are welcomed to join in the day’s festivities.

DROUGHTBUSTERS GOLF TRIPThe annual Droughtbusters Golf Tour from the 24 – 26 February, 2017, is rapidly filling.

If you intend visiting the Northbridge, Coast and Asquith Golf Clubs here is your chance.

Unfortunately there are only limited vacancies so it’s the first 24 members who pay the deposit of $200.00 will be able to make the trip withWestern Roadliners Coach with accommodation atthe Aspire Motel in Ultimo.

As part of the package those attendingget to enjoy games of golf at the three reciprocal clubs.

CENTRAL WEST PENNANTSThe club has been notified that the Central West Golf Associations Pennant series will commence in January. Parkes has nominated in all four Divisions.

Division 1 is an Open Division while Division 2 is for players on Handicaps from 6 to 11 whilst Division 3 is for players on handicaps between 12 and 17 and the final Division is for players on Handicaps in excess of 18.

The Club has posted a Nomination Sheet on the Club Noticeboard for all those players who are interested in contesting the series that goes for approximately sixweeks.

THIS WEEKENDThis Saturday members will contest the Atlas Copco Australia Members Party Day. Theevent isa three person Ambrose and Hit Off times will be 8am and 12.30pm with a Shotgun start for both timeslots. Then on Sunday it’s a club sponsored 9 Hole Medley Stableford.

Pathetic golfer

A pretty pathetic golferwas getting frustrated with his lousy game and began blaming his mistakes on his experienced caddie.As the round came to an end, the golfer said, “You have to be the worst caddie in the whole wide world.”To which the caddie replied, “I don’t think so, sir. That would be too much of a coincidence.”

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Kyneton expects big weaner sale results

A POSITIVE season will lead to heavier weights, and increased buying confidence, ahead of Kyneton’s upcoming weaner sales.

CROWD AT KYNETON: A big crowd was drawn to Kyneton’s annual weaner sale last year.

Landmark, Elders and Rodwells will conduct Kyneton’s weaner sale, held on Wednesday, January 18.

Elders Kyneton livestock manager Brendan Coxon said they’llbe offering 1600 2016-drop weaner cattle.

“They’ll be principally Angus cattle, and 60 per cent will be steers, and 40 per cent heifers,” Mr Coxon said.

“They’re all locally bred cattle, from the Macedon Ranges area.”

He said early weaner sale resultssuggest it willbe a positive selling season.

“Given where the cattle market is at the moment, and the weights that they’ve been achieving, I’m expecting a good result,” he said.

“They’ve been reaching 330 to 370 kilograms, with no calves under 280kg.”

He said the increase in weights was a reflection ofthe good season had throughout the state, and that there’d be numerous benefits buying at Kyneton.

“They’ll do well wherever they go, and a large percentage will be weaned.”

He said there would be local buyers, and hopefully widespread interest.

“We usually have cattle go to Gippsland, to the western district, and even to New South Wales,” he said.

Landmark auctioneer John Robson said calvespresented very well this year, and this hasled to strong prices.

Kyneton held an early weaner sale in early December, and topped $1500 for a yard of 503kg Hereford grown steers.

The sale’s next highest price was paid for a yard of 337kg Angus steer weaners, which realised 450 cents per kilogram.

“So far, all weaners have sold exceptionally well,” Mr Robson said.

“Our best weaner calves made $4.47 per kilogram, which is a very good result.”

He said these good figures were a result of the “phenomenal” season.

“We’re still receiving rain, we received more of it last week,” he said.

“People always buy when there’s feed about.”

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New tackle shop open

The Outback Angler recently opened at the northern end of Macquarie Street, bringing a much needed specialist fishing tackle shop to the city in the process. Proprietors Luke and Cassie Carney are both long time Dubbo locals with a love and passion for recreational and sport fishing.

Their dream of owning a specialist tackle store became a reality when doors opened at their independent Dubbo store just weeks ago.

New store: Dubbo has recently welcomed a new specialist tackle shop with Dubbo locals Luke and Cassie Carney opening The Outback Angler.

Outback Angler aims to cater for every fisher’s needs, from young children just taking up the sport, right through to seasoned professionals. Stocking a large range of rods, lures, reels, accessories and terminal tackle, local fishers have flocked to the store in the first few weeks of trading, keen to see the latest releases from well-known brands and companies such as Shimano, Jackal, Daiwa, Oar Gee, Bassman, AusSpin and Native Lures.

The outback Angler have keenly supported fundraising initiatives that are aimed at improving the health of the local river, throwing up $500 worth of open orders for the recent charity casino night held at the Castlereagh Hotel, that raised funds for the launch of the work for the dole River Repair Bus.

Fisherman bitten

A Victorian man has been bitten by a shark that he caught and landed in his boat in Port Phillip Bay according to a report from the ABC. The five foot long seven-gill shark bit the 73-year old man on the hand and arm injuring him quite severely as he tried to land the shark.

A police spokesperson told the ABC that the incident occurred while the man was trying to gaff the shark.

“[The shark] bit down and unfortunately as he pulled his arm free he received some very serious injuries to his hand and lower arm.

The man then wrapped his arm in a towel and drove his boat back to the Queenscliff marina where paramedics were waiting. The man lost a lot of blood but has since been listed as stable in The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.

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There is never an acceptable excuse

Have you ever sat in a car, without air-conditioning, on a hot day?

If you have you will know that it can be unbearable. It isn’t where you want to be.

So why is it that people still leave animals and children unattended in cars?Even if it is not particularly hot outside the temperature can rise quickly inside the car.

In fact, on a typical Australian summer day, the temperature inside a parked car can be30- 40 degreeshotterthan outside the car.That means the average summer temperatureof 26 degrees could become as much as 66 inside a car.

Would you want to sit in that car? Why would anyone consider leaving a child or an animal in those conditions? An adult can make the choice to remove themselves from the situation but that is not the case for animals and young children.

One of the most common excuses given by those who have done this is that they were only gone for a short time. This should never be an option as according to the NRMA75 per centof the temperature increase occurs within five minutes of closing the car.

The reasoning that the window isleft down slightly is an equally poor excuse as NRMA research has identified that having the windows down 5cm causes only a slight decrease in temperature with an outside temperature of around 30. If these facts aren’t enough to deter people from leaving a child or animal in an unattended vehicle then perhaps the penalty will.

The penalty for leaving an unattended child locked in a car under any circumstances is up to $22,000 under the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998. Anyone who leaves a pet in a car could be hit with a fine of $5500 or $22,500 and jail time if that pet dies.

For those who are still not deterred perhaps the knowledge that leaving animals or children in hot cars can lead to death will prompt arethink.According to an RSPCA report a dog left in a hot car can die within as little as six minutesas they are not able to sweat to cool themselves.A dog panting inside a car will raise the temperature even more quickly.

The circumstances can be equally dire for children left in hot cars as they can quickly become sickand in more extreme cases, unconsciousness, shock, organ failure and ultimately death can occur.

Quite simply leaving pets or children in cars is neverokay and the ultimate penalty is a loss of life. Could you live with that?

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Kidd nails birdie to win single stableford

FIND THE FLAG: Becket VanNida aims for the hole at the Griffith Golf Club at the weekend. Picture: Anthony StipoA SINGLE stableford at the Griffith Golf Club last Saturday attracted a field of 67 players.

David Kidd 41 points won A Grade, nailing a birdie on the 8th.Tony McBride, 39 points, was runner-up, canning a birdie on the 3rd.

Jonathan Streaat, 37 points, won B Grade, carding nine pars, ahead of Stephen Crowe 36 points, seven pars, on a countback over Grant Keily and Chris Mansell.

Matthew Ruming, 44 points, easily won C Grade, draining a birdie on the first, Mark Webb, 40 points, was runner-up, nailing a birdie on the 15th., on a countback over Bill Brown.

Luke Ellis jammed his second shot into the cup for an eagle two on the 15th., to also win that pin, Jorge Wood won the 8th, Dean Gaffey 4th, Graeme Bamford 7th, Travis Payne11th, Slim Cavanaugh 16th.

Vouchers to 34 points.

A field of 62 players contested the Dollar Day final on Sunday, another single stableford.

The winners in each grade won a year’s club membership, the next three places won club vouchers..

Brett Angel, 40 points, won A Grade, going out in one under par 35, carding birdies on the first and second. Terry Bennett, 39 points, was second, nailing a birdie on the 11th. Third, Wayne Tyndall 38 points, Adrian Smith 37 points, fourth.

Duncan Adams 41 points won B Grade, canning birdies on the 11th. and 14th. on a countback over John Café 41 points, carding 10pars, Third Garry Hartnett 37 points,

Fourth was Andy Arnold 37 points on a countback over Jon F. Gale 37 points. Allan Le Broque, 39 points, won C Grade with seven three pointers, Daniel Richens 38

Points second, draining a birdie on the 15th., third Roy Hosking 37 points, fourth Bill Brown 35 points, countback over James Browne.Pins, Garry Hartnett 7th., Brett Angel 16th.

Vouchers to 32 points.

The veterans played a single stableford last Thursday in three grades.

Jon Bortolazzo, 37 points, won 0-18 Grade ahead of Tony McBride 35 points.

Dick Thompson, 40 points, won 19-27 Grade from Roy Hosking 37 points.

Lindsay Martin, 34 points, won 28-36 Grade on a countback over Gordon Druitt 34 points.Nearest the pins, 4th. & 15th., Byron James. 16th. Doug McWilliam.

Voouchers to 32 points.

The veterans comp on Thursday is a Two Person Ambrose. It is the Xmas Day event. 9amregistration 9.30am shot gun start, followed by lunch and presentation.

A single stablefordin two grades was played last Wednesday.

Terry Bennett 44 points won 0-18 Grade, carding 12pars. David Woodside 39 points second, countback over Roy Calabria and Albert Donadel.

Len Sexton 35 points won 19-36 Gradee, a birdie on the 4th., countback over Keith Woodbridge 35 points.

Vouchers went to 33 points.

Today’s event is a single stableford andSaturday is a three club and putter stableford.

Astableford will be played on Sunday.

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Restored carriage ready for park opening

One of the Collie rail precinct’s treasures will be the centre of attention for the opening of Central Park on Friday.

Now situated in Central Park, Wagon 537was one of four carriages bought by the Collie Heritage Group in September 1999.

The group transported the carriage from Bridgetown to the Railway Roundhouse.

Collie Heritage and Menshed Group vice president Keith Robinson said the carriage was still in good condition, having been sheltered from the weather over the past 17 years.

“We were approached by the Shire if we knew anyone who had a coach and I said: ‘Yeah we have two of them down there’, they were interested for this pop-up cafe and I said: ‘They’re just standing there, they aren’t doing anything’,” he said.

Mr Robinson said the carriage was last repaired in Midland Junction in 1962.

“We were only too glad to help out the Shire and even the store-owner as well, it’s something for the community and it’s only about 100 yards from our Good Shed so it’s a rail precinct all the way through,” he said.

“It’s the continuation of our rail, and it’s okay for the Shire I reckon they did a good thing of having a railway wagon or carriage for a cafe because it’s an extension of our railway theme.”

Mr Robinson said it the carriage and cafe suited the town.

“When they have it here on a hot day, there will be children around and they will come up and get their drinks,” he said.

Peter Harms and Alex Spencer worked on the restorations to get it ready in time for the Central Park opening event.

Rachael Harms and Emma Spencer are set to own and operate theCollie Central Coffee Shop.

Mr Harms said the idea respected Collie’s railway heritage.

“We came down and spoke to Geoff Klem with the idea and he was over the moon about it but we couldn’t find a wagon and in the end there were a couple of wagons out at the roundhouse that belonged to the Collie Heritage and Menshed Group so I went and approached Keith and from there we ended up with it,” he said.

“Overall, the whole idea of it is that we want to bring people to town –we want people to come to this park to see that and see everything that we have got in this town.”

The cafe will sell fresh-pressed juice, barista coffee and hot food.

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