If you get an email message like the one in the screenshot above, claiming to be from 'Telstra Media,' don't open it or click on the links it contains.
This new scam purports to be a Telstra Media billing notice and asks the recipient to view their 'BPAY payment invoice' but the link is actually pointing to a zipped malware file.
This deceptively simple email scam is trying to use the well-known brands ‘Telstra’ and ‘BPAY’ to create a false sense of trust in its potential victims.
‘Brandjacking’ scams like this are successful for cybercriminals because they are exploiting the marketing of the large companies they are imitating. The more recognisable and popular the brand, the better it is as a brandjacking tool.
Brandjacking is a kind of forgery in which scammers exploit the trademarks of well-known companies to deceive their victims and gain their trust.
In a typical brandjacking scam, criminals create email templates that look like messages from big companies and send them out wholesale to millions of recipients. When the scam messages show up in victim’s inboxes they feel safe opening them, because they look like legitimate emails from familiar companies.
> Read more about brandjacking, here.
Protect your inbox
If your company’s email accounts aren’t protected, brandjacking emails are almost certainly being received by your staff. Cybercriminals know we can be tricked; that’s why they send out millions of scam messages and put so much effort into making them look convincing.
People are not machines; we are all capable of making bad judgement calls. Without email filtering protecting your business, it’s just a matter of time before someone in your organisation has a momentary lapse of judgement and clicks on the wrong thing.
For a few dollars per staff member per month, you can protect your business with MailGuard's predictive email security.
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