Disgusting new scam hides behind Australia Post email 134



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I don’t know about you, but I would most likely have fallen for this one… The latest scam uses a trusted brand to gain your confidence, then steals all your data and blackmails you to unlock it.

A Channel 7 report, which you can watch below, explains how victims receive an email from what looks like Australia Post, telling them they have a parcel that needs delivering. A red button in the email invites you to “click here” to track the parcel’s delivery.

The virus then infects your computer, steals all your files – including photos, software, emails, documents and everything else.

The scammers then demand you pay them in money of “bitcoin” to unlock your files so you can use them again.

As the report says, victims have paid up to $600 but not necessarily got their data back.

The frightening thing is this could happen to anyone – it doesn’t matter if your computer is old or new, fast or slow.

In fact, the faster your computer, the faster the scammers get your information.

If you do fall prey to the scam, however, technicians advise that you should immediately cut off power to your computer to interrupt the download of the virus and the theft of your files.

To do this, hold down the on/off button on your laptop, or pull the power plug out of your desktop.

Watch the report here for other tips on how to protect yourself.

Have you come across this scam or any other we should know about? 

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  1. Before opening emails which you are not sure of, check their email address first as that is one of the first signs that something may be wrong with the email.

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    • Thanks for the assistance Rosemary. I don’t usually open emails unless I know the person. So many scammers out there. I recently got phone call from someone who was Indian but knew english very well. He knew I had a bank account with the credit union and he tried to tell me that he could help me get money that the bank had taken and shouldn’t have. Fortunately I knew that credit unions when you join you have to buy shares and there are no charges on my account being a senior. I then called the credit union and asked how anyone could get this information and they said they regularly throw out paperwork that they don’t need and scammers can get hold of it. So if you get anything like that please take a warning.

  2. Forgot to say, just hover the mouse over the email and it should show you the email address without opening the email itself.

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    • And ANYTHING with a .zip suffix, steer well clear of.

  3. OMG really dumb if you fall for this.

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    • Not everyone is tech savvy. People are being told/expected to use their computers more and more. Your put down puts you in the class of supercilious smart arses. Can I hope that you do get caught by some scam yourself 🙂

    • I agree with Robert. I do not however wish that you get caught by a scam but rather that you become a little more compassionate and empathetic.

  4. Yes I received email telling me that Aust post had a parcel and they were charging me a daily rate to hold it. The only thing that I became suspicious with was some of it was not correct English. After ringing post office near home …. DELETE, trash bin

  5. The main thing is to not respond to unsolicited emails. Do not open attachments, do not click on links. If you are more tech savvy you should at least first check the url of the link to see where it is going to take you. Always be suspicious.

  6. Thanks for the warning, I won’t be caught myself but I know we have many clever older 80 and 90 year olds, who have learned to use a computer, and perhaps some younger naive ones and they should be warned


  8. What do you expect with Australia Post – A Muslim runs it!

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