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Beware of fake Qantas emails going around

Customers of Australia's QANTAS airlines are being urged to stay alert for an email phishing scam promising rewards of cash and frequent flyer points in exchange for participating in a survey suposedly to do with their insurance products.

On Monday, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) released a statement on its Facebook page warning Qantas customers of the “sophisticated” scam.

“This is a sophisticated phishing scam that aims to steal your personal information, including your email and password, contact info and bank account details,” said the warning.

According to ACMA, the email is “cunningly crafted” and looks almost identical to a real Qantas email. It is a “reminder to be vigilant about keeping your personal information safe and secure—if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!”

The email will have the subject line ‘Customer Satisfaction Survey, Earn up to 95 AUD Plus 1,000 bonus Qantas Points*’. If you receive this email, ACMA advises that you delete it immediately.

The email would confuse the most savvy of internet users - so be very careful.

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NYC to Couples: Stop Putting Padlocks on Our Bridge

CITYROOM-FLOATER-LOCKS-blog480New York City wants couples to stop putting padlocks on the Brooklyn Bridge and claims the custom intended to symbolize eternal affection is causing damage to the span, according to a published report.

Maintenance crews have removed about 5,600 padlocks from the bridge since July, transportation officials tell the Daily News, which is nearly one padlock for every 5,989 feet of the span.

Transportation Department spokeswoman Nicole Garcia told the News the locks present a danger for people driving under the pedestrian walkway because they could potentially fall. She also said the locks cost a lot to remove, and costly repairs and modifications must be made to the 131-year-old bridge once they are.

"When a minor component such as a hand railing is impacted by the number or weight of the locks, these custom elements of this national landmark must be removed and a replacement must be newly fabricated, further increasing costs," Garcia told the paper.

The padlock ritual originated in Italy many years ago and was first spotted on the Brooklyn Bridge around 2010. Since then, couples have made it a point to clip their inscribed padlocks onto the span.

"It's a sign of our love," 31-year-old German tourist Krissie Walder told the News as she put a heart-shaped padlock on the bridge. "As long as this bridge is standing, our love will be too."
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