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Scam E-mails Pretend to be from Australia Post

Scammers are sending fake e-mails impersonating Australia Post to innocent netizens in attempts to make them pay against so-called parcel preservation, published Herald Sun dated July 23, 2015.

A sample e-mail coming to Daniel Brunning a man based in Victoria had a broken English message. It stated that Australia Post had a claim for reimbursement of AUD 1.06 per day from the user for daily preserving a parcel in his name.

Describing the situation, Mr. Brunning stated that he received the scam electronic mail at a perfect time when there was a packet he required collecting from Australia Post. Herald Sun reported this dated July 23, 2015.

With logos of Australia Post, the fake e-mail carried one web-link taking users onto a download site for certain fresh information label alternatively for entering their addresses again.

But according to Australia Post through its authorized online site, it doesn't ask consumers for sending any payment against packet pick up, for compensation towards parcel holding (like within the above stated instance of Brunning), nor make a second confirmation of address through a web-link (like within the aforementioned instance).

The Post Office, at its own end for lessening the above kind of scams, mentions online that it is wary of several e-mail scams being circulated over the recent days; therefore, it is doing what is required towards stopping them at the earliest.

Thus for those getting the above kind of scam e-mails, Australia Post suggests a few simple security measures. These are: first to delete the e-mail should anyone receive it.

Second to inform about any scam e-mail (alternatively in case user has clicked on the web-link) on Scam Watch, an online site that ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) runs. The site gives information for small businesses and consumers regarding the ways to recognize do away with as well as report scams.

Meanwhile, cyber-criminals exploiting the name and popularity of Australia Post aren't unprecedented. Back during 2013 in the month of March, a phishing scam had targeted the same Australia Post which resulted in numerous of its followers turning into victims of those very cyber-criminals.

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