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Online scams for 2019


The following are some of the latest email scams we've become aware of.  The list is by no means conclusive and there appears to be new ones every day.  Many seem to be coming from reputable brands such as banks, telcos and even government agencies but closer looks can reveal that the senders are not who they say they are.
Fake and scam emails can result in damage to your computer, hacking into your financial accounts, password and identity theft (among other risks).

Simple checklist when dealing with emails:

  • Do not open any attachment or click on any link unless you are absolutely sure that the email is genuine.
  • Check the sender's email address - the majority are from overseas email addresses (no au on the end)
  • If you don't know the sender or where the email is from DELETE it
  • If you know the sender but aren't sure about the content contact the person who sent it to verify it's genuine ... but not by simply replying to the email

Beware the "failed message" email

8 March 2019

Beware of emails saying you have failed incoming messages.  The messages appear to be coming from your company, but are Phishing emails.  DELETE immediately.

Cleanaway a target for fake email

28 February 2019

If you’re a Cleanaway customer and receive an ‘Overdue Account’ email make sure you check the Sender’s email address before clicking on any links.   It is most likely a Phishing email looking to steal credit card details.   Please DELETE!

Xero subscription fake email

26 February 2019

Our inboxes are being filled with fake Xero subscription invoices this week.
The first thing to do with any email is check the ‘From’ address before clicking on any link.
Note that the Sender’s email address is not from Xero. For your reference, the Xero ‘From’ address is <messaging-service@post.xero.com>.

Many businesses now use Xero Accounting, so it is important to be able to identify a genuine Xero email.

New version of fake ASIC renewal

21 February 2019
Our inboxes have been bombarded today with yet another version of the fake ASIC renewal notice.

Note: the ‘From’ address is not ASIC.
 

DO NOT CLICK ON THE ‘RENEWAL’ BUTTON - DELETE IMMEDIATELY.

Emails from colleagues may be a problem

18 February 2019

Beware of emails supposedly coming from a work colleague or someone you know asking, “Let me know if you’re free.”, or similar.

If you reply, they will continue dialog and may ask you to purchase $? amount of gift cards, send them the codes and also tell you to make sure the cards are activated, or something similar! 

Example:   “Yes, it's my private email... what I need is $1500 worth of Google play gift card ($100 or $500 denomination). You can get them from the store and send me the codes.

  1. Make sure they are all activated.”

If you receive one of these emails, DO NOT REPLY.  If you think the email might be genuine, ring the person and check with them.

Fake court documents

18 February 2019:

A warning has been issued about a false email entering inboxes today claiming to be related to a court matter.
If you receive the email you're advised to DELETE IMMEDIATELY!

The link goes to a malicious .zip file download.