Earlier today, MailGuard stopped a new criminal-intent email from arriving in its customers inboxes. This scam exploits Australia Post's name to gain trust.
As you can see in the screenshot below, this email is meant to make the recipient think that the post office is holding an undelivered parcel for them.
With Xmas right around the corner the timing of this scam is particularly opportunistic. This is the busiest part of the year for parcel delivery, and scammers know that during the holiday season people are distracted and potentially more vulnerable to trickery.
We’re all eager to get our Xmas shopping on time, so we might not think twice before clicking a link in an email like this.
Clicking this link would be a really bad idea. The link would take you to a zipped file that contains malware. MailGuard isolated and halted the malicious file before it could do any harm, but this kind of malware file can do a lot of damage, installing spyware or viruses (see screenshot below).
Brandjacking is the scam technique where well known brands are used to deceive victims. Scammers focus on companies and organisations that are so recognisable that people won’t hesitate to click on messages that appear to come from them. The other characteristic that makes an organisation attractive to brandjacking scammers is popularity; if it’s a service we all use, then it’s perfect scam-bait.
It’s hard to think of a better known and trusted institution than the post office, so of course Australia Post branding get’s ripped-off by scammers fairly often.
This is a large scale fraud attempt, so there are going to be a lot of these messages landing in unprotected inboxes.
It’s particularly important to be alert for cybercrime at this time of year. Criminals take advantage of the holiday rush to prey on busy email users, so be careful opening emails.
- check the ‘sender’ info on email headers carefully
- rather than clicking on links in messages, open your browser and type the URL in yourself
- if you’re not sure whether a message is legitimate, phone the organisation it appears to be from and check
- if you have received a message like this, get in touch with us at MailGuard for free advice: 1300 30 44 30
Take Action to Defend Your Business
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