Your Monthly Scam Alert – From Surety IT
Surety IT provides a monthly alert of the scams impacting Australian businesses including phishing scams, malware attacks and security breaches/bugs.
You need to be particularly aware of –
1. Apple Pay
- A new phishing scam has been detected that looks like it has been sent by Apple Pay disguised as a legitimate-looking receipt informing recipients of an ‘integrated purchase’.
- Detected from two compromised accounts, this phishing scam is designed to steal confidential personal and billing information.
- The email contains several links which lead to a copy of the Apple login page.
- Once on the login page, the victims are asked to input their Apple ID and password, they are then taken to another page advising them that their account is locked.
- Once the ‘unlock your account’ link is clicked, the user is asked to provide billing details, another page follows requesting additional information.
- As a last step, recipients are then asked for a one-time authorisation to be sent to their mobile and once complete, they are redirected to the legitimate Apple login page.
- A new phishing scam has been detected that has brand-jacked My Gov and the Australian Government.
- The email advises recipients to click on a link to enable identity verification in hope of stealing personal information.
- Once the link is clicked, recipients are taken to a login page for MyGov
- Once logged in, the user is then asked to upload some proof of identity documents including front and back images of a drivers license and a utility bill.
- Once the documents are uploaded, they are then asked to log into their bank accounts to complete the verification.
- Clicking on any of the bank logos directs victims to another log in page and requests bank account information to be entered.
- Once these steps have been completed, the victim is informed that their identity has been verified and are redirected to the actual myGov website.
- A new scam has been detected that claims to be an ‘Arrival Notification’ from DHL.
- Directed to a bogus landing page, recipients are asked for their email address and password, with the intention of using the details for future use.
- Several variants of this scam has been detected and in some cases, the link loads blank pages and others to the phishing page.
- A new scam has been detected that has brandjacked ANZ.
- Particularly malicious, this scam has adopted multiple strategies to appear as a legitimate notification from ANZ bank.
- Sent from an ‘anz.com.au’ address and a display name of ‘ANZ Bnak’. The misspelling of the display name is most likely an attempt to bypass checks looking for the correct spelling.
- There is a link in the email that requests victims to confirm their identity by completing a series of challenge questions.
- Led to an ANZ branded phishing page, victims are tricked into revealing their bank account details.
- A new scam has been detected that claims to be from Westpac advising recipients their account has been locked in attempt to steal confidential data.
- For the victim to unlock their account, they are directed to verify their identity within 24 hours or face ‘full online suspension’
- Contained in an attached PDF, instructions are provided which include the logo and branding of Westpac.
- The PDF adds that if users initiated the unsuccessful login attempt, they don’t need to worry. However, if it was not them they should update their account via the Westpac support site with the link provided.
- If the link is clicked, victims are led to a site that is offline and is suspected to have hosted the Westpac branded phishing page.
- A new scam has been detected claiming to be from MYOB.
- Sent from multiple compromised email accounts, this email informs recipients that their invoice is due in 3 days.
- A link is provided to view the invoice, which leads to either an offline webpage or a blank page.
- These pages are suspected to host either a phishing page or a malicious payload.
If you’d like any further information, assistance with your cyber security or you don’t know where to start please call Surety IT on 1300 478 738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author
Geoff Stewart is a highly experienced and skilled Technology Director at Surety IT. His knowledge is based on years of industry experience having created customised, stable, well performing systems both for multi-national companies in the UK and Australia and Surety IT customers.
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