Wednesday, 4 May 2016

On 05:36 by admin   No comments
he email is not from Australia Post and the package it refers to does not exist. The email is designed to trick you into installing malware by clicking a link or opening an attached file.

According to this email, which purports to be from Australia Post, your package has experienced an exception and has been returned to the AusPost office. Supposedly, the ‘exception’ occurred because the package was ‘not deliverable as addressed’. To get your package, claims the message, you need to click a button to print out a shipping label that you can take to an AusPost facility. The email features the Australia Post logo.

However, the email is not from Australia Post, and the claim that a package could not be delivered to your address is a lie. Clicking the link opens a compromised website that harbours malware. Alternative versions of the email ask you to access the supposed shipping label by opening an attached file rather than by clicking a link. Again, the attachments contain malware.

Details, such as the supposed tracking number, the package weight, and the reason for the ‘exception’ may vary in different versions of the email. And, the content of the emails may be presented differently in alternative versions.

In fact, this is just the latest incarnation in a long line of similar malware emails that have falsely claimed to be from Australia Post. All of the malware messages falsely claim that an Australia Post package has been returned or delayed and try to trick you into clicking a link or opening an attached file. Australia Post has set up a scam alerts page that provides warnings about these attacks and other types of Australia Post related fraud.

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