A new scam targeting innocent Aussies is currently doing the rounds. The Queensland Police service has issued a warning telling people to be careful of emails claiming to be from Australia Post that require the receiver to share their private banking details.
The new scam tricks people into thinking they’ve missed a delivery from Australia Post and gives them the option to click a link to rearrange a delivery time. The email contains malicious software that loads onto the computer when an unsuspecting customer clicks a link.
The email looks convincing with branding from Australia Post and fake tabs for buying pre-paid packaging and shipping labels.
“Dear _____,” it reads.
“Our mail carrier tried to deliver a package to you. Unfortunately, no one was present to receive the package. Choose when and where you want to receive your package. You will see the options for changing the delivery on the next page. There is 1 item awaiting collection. Please find here on how and where to collect your item.”
As Tracey’s discovered, there’s nothing worse than a surprise package with dodgy rapping.
— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) February 22, 2018
Aussies are expected to send thousands of packages over the Easter period and police are worried many will fall victim to the scam.
The Queensland Police Service has encouraged Australia Post customers to be vigilant when opening links from emails they’ve been sent.
A blog from the Queensland Police Service says that Australia Post will never:
The blog recommends that those who receive the email shouldn’t click any of the contained links and should delete it immediately. If you click on one of the links the virus could infect your computer, tablet or smartphone and steal personal information including bank details and passwords.
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