Utilities company Origin Energy has had its brand hijacked in a large-scale malware scam for the fourth time in two months.
A domain was registered in Cyprus yesterday to perpetrate the fake-invoice hoax, which is designed to trick people into clicking a link that downloads malicious software to their system.
The malicious email began distribution en masse at 8.40am today. It is continuing to flood inboxes in huge numbers.
Like the other scams leveraging Origin Energy in the past two months, today’s email is well-formatted and contains the energy company’s distinctive orange branding.
In a common method to avoid spam filters, the senders have varied the dollar figure and due date.
But in some instances they slip up by including a due date that has already passed, which conflicts with this warning in the email text: “PS: Don’t forget to pay by the due date, or you may have to pay a $12 late payment fee.”
What to watch for
Here’s how to tell if you’ve received a fake invoice:
- Subject line: Your Origin electricity bill
- Display name: OriginEnergy
- Display (and sending address): noreply@energy2u .info
Other recent Origin Energy email scams
Tips from Origin Energy on detecting scams
Origin Energy says scammers often mimic legitimate companies to trick people into opening an email, clicking on a link or even making a payment.
“Some scam emails try to get you to click on links that launch nasty viruses, ready to invade your computer, and the computer of everyone you email, to delete or lock your files.”
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