I recently received two emails from “Australia Post”. Sent from different addresses, they informed me of an alleged package delay. But the joke was on them, I hadn’t ordered anything online that week (yet).
My instincts told me this was probably fraudulent, mostly because the scammers did a real sloppy job.
There are some clear red flags to a paranoid person such as myself, but if you’re not as experienced with scams – here’s what you should look out for.
In the above screen grabs we have a lack of individual name, terrible punctuation, an unofficial sender email address and a hyperlinked hashtag containing a random capitalised letter.
This link leads to a fake survey, which asks for credit card information.
Some digging revealed that I definitely wasn’t the only target. The Australia Post website reveals that the company is aware of the scam.
It also has screenshots of an email that is slightly different to what I received, so be aware that they may not all look the same.
As it turns out, this isn’t the only Australia Post scam in the wild right now. There is also a fake Post Bill Pay website circulating, which Australia post has described in detail.
“The fake website looks and feels like the real thing making it hard to detect. The only way to tell is to look at the websites URL, the link in your web browser. The scammers are aiming to steal your credit card information.
The fake website is: “https://postbill-pay.com.au”
The real website is: “https://postbillpay.com.au”
Here’s what it might look like:
As a reminder – don’t ever click on dodgy looking links or respond to mails with personal or financial information.
If you think you’ve been the victim of a scam, you can report it over on the ScamWatch website.
ID Care also offers free support to victims of identity fraud, and can be contacted on 1300 432 273.