The holiday season is upon us, and cybercriminals are making the most of the anticipation of consumers who are eagerly awaiting orders, with parcel delivery scams that are designed to steal your credentials. MailGuard is currently intercepting multiple fraudulent phishing emails, claiming to be from Australia Post.
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales fast approaching, it’s prime time for scammers to trick unsuspecting victims, individuals and businesses, into clicking on malicious links with the flurry of online activity coupled with the urgency of receiving and delivering parcels acting as a distraction. Recipients are advised to be vigilant before opening any emails pertaining to deliveries, particularly one’s that you may not be expecting or that require a fee, or urgent action.
Here are examples of some of the AusPost emails that are currently circulating:
The email below is particularly confusing for time-poor business owners who rely on Australia Post to deliver customer packages.
Scammers have gone into great detail to include order numbers and mimicking Australia Posts branding to try and lure victims into clicking on the links within the emails. Upon closer inspection, however, there are a few obvious red flags that reveal the inauthenticity of the emails, such as mismatched email addresses attached to the ‘Aust Post Centre’ and ‘Australia Post’ sender names, as well as grammatical errors present in the subject line and body.
Clicking on the links within the email will take victims to the following page, requesting credit card details.
Once these details have been submitted, and scammers have harvested the credit card details to use in later criminal activity such as financial fraud, users are taken to the next page asking for an SMS verification code.
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