Australia Post warns of new scam plotting to steal your hard-earned cash

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Australia Post is aware of a new scam targeting Australians. Source: Shutterstock

A worrying new scam aiming to steal your hard-earned cash is currently doing the rounds, with Australia Post warning people to be careful of a fake Post Bill Pay website circulating online.

According to the post authority, the fake website looks like the real thing making it harder to detect. The only way to tell is to look at the website’s URL, the link at the top of your web browser.

Australia Post said the scammers are aiming to steal customer’s credit card information. The fake website is ‘https://postbill-pay.com.au’, while the real website is ‘https://postbillpay.com.au’. You can see the fake website has a dash between the words ‘postbill’ and ‘pay’.

Here’s what it looks like:

The fake Australia Post website is deceivingly similar to the real thing. Source: Australia Post

“If you suspect you’ve given details to this fake website please contact your bank immediately to advise them so they can monitor for suspicious activity on your account and help you further,” the company said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Australia Post also reminded customers that they will never email asking you to click on a link, ask you to send an email containing any personal or financial information, including any form of ID, passwords, credit card details and account information.

If you are in doubt, people are encouraged to delete any suspicious emails and to hang up on phone calls that don’t sound authentic.

This isn’t the only Australia Post scam doing the rounds this month. The letter-delivering company is aware that fraudulent emails are circulating pretending to be an undelivered parcel notice.

The email, which includes branding from Australia Post, tricks unsuspecting people into thinking that a delivery was attempted when they weren’t home and encourages them to click a link to rearrange a delivery time. However, the link in the scam email leads to a fake survey where at the end they collect personal and banking details.

An image of the scam is below:

The fake delivery notice as tricked dozens of Aussies. Source: Australia Post

Typically, Australia Post will leave a calling card in your mail box if you aren’t home with instructions on where to collect or when they will reattempt delivery. If you are suspicious about a ‘missed’ parcel delivery email, call the company directly to verify the correspondence is genuine.

Have you ever been the victim of a scam?

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