Scam E-mail Targets Australia Post Consumers
Australia Post the postal service of national stature in Australia has issued an alert to its users regarding an e-mail that is targeting Internauts while attempting at defrauding them off their money, published bendigoadvertiser.com.au during the end-week of December 2013.
Seeming as dispatched from certain firstname.lastname@example.org id, the e-mail tells its receiver that some courier firm could not hand over certain package to his address as the postage fees showed a difference.
Thereafter, the e-mail directs that the user requires taking a printout of a given label and showing it to his area post office for collecting the undelivered package. It's necessary that the user first submit a fee only after which he will be eligible for taking the printout.
The scam appears in different forms. One, for instance, contains an attachment having a malware installer so that when anyone opens that attachment, more malware gets downloaded and run on his PC, security analysts examining the current fraud electronic mail emphasize.
But, the mentioned scam e-mail is not any Australia Post communication, Australia Post states. The postage service also announces through its authorized online site that it doesn't ask residents for submitting any fee for collecting packages similar as within the aforementioned instance.
Therefore, anybody getting the e-mail must immediately erase the message. But, in case the person has already been victimized with the scam then he is advised for dialing 1300 795 995 of ACCC i.e. the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission alternatively informing SCAMwatch the organization that gives the necessary information to Internet users for helping them avoid scams, the analysts go on to state.
In the meantime, in a similar Internet scam relating to non-delivery of package, scammers were spotted, during December 2013, when they dispatched bogus e-mails supposedly from United Kingdom's Royal Mail that informed recipients about parcels they required collecting. The e-mails captioned, "Mail - lost/missing package" directed recipients that they must see a given attachment as well as complete a form inside it for retrieving their packets. However, cops advised people to ignore those attachments since a zipped file inside them delivered one sinister virus.
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