As technology advances, cyber-criminals have become more and more sophisticated in being able to disguise themselves as innocent-looking, plain emails. Their goal? to ensure that as many unsuspecting staff members are clicking into their malicious e-mail links.
The current email scam currently circulating in Australia and is effecting people nation-wide is the Optus email scam. How does the scam work? cyber-criminals will send their victims an email impersonating Optus, this email will ask them if they want to download a PDF copy of their invoice. Once clicked, the victims computer will be infected by a malicious file that be used to preform varies functions such as stealing, encrypting or deleting sensitive data, hijacking core computing functions and monitoring a user’s computer activity without their permission. These emails are being sent using domain “optusnet.com.au”.
HOW DO WE AVOID SCAMS?
1. CONFIRM LEGITIMACY – Don’t reply or open links found in a suspicious email until you are sure they are legitimate. This can be done by calling the organisation to check if it is official.
2. BE CAUTIOUS - If you do click the link and are taken to the login page, please take an extra moment to stop and consider what you’re handing over.
3. REPORT SCAM - Report the scam to the organisation and ScamWatch.
4. THREAT PROTECTION ADD-ON - For as little as a cup of coffee a month/per user. Our add-on service will be able to provide an extra layer of protection by protecting staff from unsafe attachments and malicious links. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. STAFF TRAINING – Train your staff to ensure they are aware of the existence of these type of scams and how to deal with it. For staff training assistance sessions, please email email@example.com
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