September, 2018

Scam email could be a fine mess

Grant Myers received an email from what appeared to be the Office of State Revenue, only to find out it was a virus. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL
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A BORDER resident is warning others about an email scam aimed at encouraging people to pay fake fines to the NSW Office of State Revenue.

Grant Myers said the email looked “semi-legitimate”, even displaying the NSW government logo.

“I thought it was odd because if it was an infringement notice, it would have come in the mail,” he said.

“I clicked on it and that’s when my anti-virus kicked in and told me it was a dangerous site.

“It would have gone straight through if I didn’t have a good anti-virus.”

An incident with an email containing a virus a year ago had left Mr Myers cautious about any suspicious emails after it took an IT worker three weeks to retrieve all his computer files.

Mr Myers is urging anyone who gets a similar email to delete it straight away.

The NSW Office of State Revenue has been aware of the scam since last month and has a notice on its website warning people.

Staff have received many emails and calls from people who have received the email.

Tony Newbury, commissioner of fines administration at the Office of State Revenue, said the notices were part of a sophisticated enterprise.

“While the scam emails and prompts may look genuine, they are 100per cent fake and I urge people not to pay these fraudulent fines,” he said.

Mr Newbury said the Office of State Revenue or the State Debt Recovery Office never issued fines or penalty notices by email.

“If you receive one of these emails, do not click on any links or pay anything,” he said.

“For those who have already paid the fine, I’d encourage you to contact your financial institute in the first instance, then report the incident to Scamwatch.”

The office is not aware of anyone paying the fake fine.

Minister for Fair Trading Matthew Mason-Cox said scams often succeeded because they looked like the real thing.

“Scams target everyone regardless of background, age and income,” he said.

“Many scams originate from outside Australia and once money is sent overseas, it is virtually impossible to recover that money.”

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Lucky escape from rain pain

CROPPERS have dodged a bullet after heavy rain fell throughout the North East on Monday.
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But no one is getting too cocky just yet.

AGnVET Culcairn agronomist Sheree Hamson said on Tuesday at that stage it was hard to tell exactly what damage had been done.

“We got five millimetres during the day on Monday and about 20 to 25 millimetres that night,” she said. “In this district, most of the canola and barley has been harvested and we have just started to get into the wheat.

“The test weight of the wheat samples we had taken were surprisingly good, but I expect those might be a little bit down now, and so the yield will be less.”

Ms Hamson said she had not come across any “shredded” crop.

“I think a fair bit of the crop has been flattened, especially the taller breeds,” she said.

“But we have had a good drying wind and it is still harvestable.

“I’ve just got my fingers crossed we don’t get any more.”

E.G. Baker & Co director Andrew Russell said on Tuesday 25 millimetres of rain fell in the Rutherglen/Browns Plains district.

“It looked like it had the potential to do a lot of damage,” he said.

“But we were lucky, because it was not hot and humid and there was a good drying wind.

“A lot of the crop is still green, so we didn’t see any shredding but a fair bit of it was pushed down.

“We haven’t started the wheat harvest yet and I am still inspecting crops to see the extent of the damage.”

Dennis Tomlinson had 63 millimetres fall on his property over a four-hour period, but the torrential rain mostly fell on paddocks that had already been harvested.

“There’s been no real damage from what I can see,” he said.

“We’ve already harvested the canola and barley and have about 1200 hectares of wheat, with about 25 millimetres falling on that.

“It has slowed the harvest up, but it has also been windy and hopefully there has not been too much damage done.”

Mr Tomlinson said it was the luck of the draw when it came to crops being damaged by rain.

“It’s all a bit random,” he said.

“Sometimes you do (get lucky), sometimes you don’t.”

Another Border farmer has not got too far into his harvest.

“I am told they got 15 millimetres west of Rand, 35 at Howlong and 25 south of Urana,” he said.

“There has been no damage that I’ve heard of, although there might be a drop in quality.

“We’ve still got a quite a bit of canola and wheat to do and we’ve lost a bit of harvest time.

“But we have dodged a bullet.”

cheer squad a boost for zach

ZACH Murray’s debut at the Australian Open may have been made easier by the fact he had his own cheer squad.
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As well as family and friends there was a group of Wodonga golfers who made the trek to Sydney for Thursday’s early-morning tee time.

Murray’s first day was plagued by a stone cold putter but the fact he was able to hit it close to tough pin positions was possibly testament to where his game is at.

As only a handful of amateurs in the elite field, his ball striking was among the best on course and you sense it won’t be his last Open.

It was also refreshing for us hackers to see veteran pro Leigh McKechnie, playing with Murray, duff his tee shot on the par-4 third.

It didn’t make it to the cut grass; he then dumped his third into the water before taking triple bogey.

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Sykes takes a swing at deal-breaking Libs

Bill Sykes will be spending more time with his Belgian Blues after this weekend. Picture: TARA GOONANFeature:Bill Sykes swore he would not end up ‘like every other politician’ … and he didn’t
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OUTGOING Nationals MP Bill Sykes yesterday said he was disappointed the Liberals had run a candidate in Euroa in today’s election.

The retiring member for the former seat of Benalla — carved into four to form most of the new seat of Euroa — said there was “no ambiguity” in the Coalition deal.

Dr Sykes has campaigned heavily for Steph Ryan, the Nationals’ candidate.

She has a margin of 13per cent but she today faces the Liberals’ Tony Schneider, a Benalla physiotherapist.

The Liberals’ decision to run a candidate in Euroa has caused much tension within the Coalition.

“It’s very disappointing. We have an agreement, there’s no debate about that,” Dr Sykes said. “The Libs have done the wrong thing but we’ll deal with that.”

There have been claims this week Liberal members have undermined the Nationals by altering upper house how-to-vote cards.

Former Liberal premier Ted Baillieu also rocked the boat last week by visiting Benalla to campaign with both candidates.

It is tipped the result will not be clear tonight.

Despite polls pointing to a Coalition loss, Benambra MP Bill Tilley said the Coalition should not be written off.

“When you look at the media and the assessment of policies, well, they openly say the Coalition has the better policies,” he said.

Mr Tilley did some last-minute campaigning at the Wodonga Gold Cup yesterday.

With a margin of about 15per cent he appears to be in no danger.

Challenger Jennifer Podesta said whatever the result, she would continue to promote Labor policies.

“I feel very proud of what me and the team have done,” she said.

Electoral commission workers at Wodonga’s Benambra early-voting centre were busy yesterday with a “constant” stream of voters.

Election manager Alan Cuman said more than 11,000 votes had been polled at 2.30pm — about 25per cent of Benambra’s 41,000 voters. The commission will count votes tomorrow in 56 offices.

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Phillip Hughes’ death ‘hit athletes hard’

BASKETBALL superstar Lauren Jackson says the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes has hit the Capitals hard and the team plans on honouring him before tonight’s match against Adelaide.
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Hughes died on Thursday afternoon after being struck during Sheffield Shield match against NSW on Tuesday.

Jackson added the tragedy had affected everyone, not just professional athletes.

“Absolutely, I think everyone was hit pretty hard,” Jackson said.

“I didn’t know him but I definitely shed a few tears for him and his family and everyone in the cricket community.

“As athletes, we respect what everyone does in the sporting world, so it’s something we’ll talk about as a team and decide what we’ll do.”

“It’s tragic for everyone in sport whenever something like that happens to a high-profile athlete,” coach Carrie Graf said.

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