A client of iTandCoffee received one of these only this week.
In both types of scam, the email says that you have missed delivery of a parcel or letter, and that you need to pick it up from the Post Office.
It may look like an official Australia Post (or other major courier) email, but its is almost definitely not! It may even have your name and address in it. Do not be fooled. If you think there might be a parcel waiting for you call or visit the Post Office nearest you to check.
DO NOT click on any attachment in this email.
DO NOT click on any link in the email.
What would happen if you do either of the above?
In one of the scams, clicking on the link or the attachment may install something called 'ransomware', which will lock up your computer until you pay some money - sometimes a significant amount of money! I have included an article below that describes this type of malicious software in more detail.
In the other scam, you will be asked to pay some money to print off a docket to take to the Post Office. The price they will ask for is not much - but their aim is to steal your the credit card details that you enter.
Contact iTandCoffee (1300 884 420 and firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any queries on the above, or if you get any emails that you are unsure about. I am only too happy to look at the email and advise whether it is safe.
If you are interested in reading more, here are links with further information about these scams.
- ACCC warns of Christmas parcel pickup ransomware - News - CRN Mobile Edition
- 'Australia Post' delivery scam holds PCs to ransom
- Email scam warning from Australia Post (Jul-Sep 14)
- Virus Alert! Crytpolocker: What You Should Know.