The email scam that’s almost impossible to detect and it’s fleecing Aussies out of THOUSANDS
- Residents warned to not fall victim to new elaborate email scam from hackers
- Invoices have been intercepted and details changed before going on to clients
- Businesses have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars from sophisticated scam
Residents have been warned not to fall victim to a new elaborate email scam that has already stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from victims.
Hackers have been targeting every day Australians by intercepting invoices from real companies and changing the details on them before sending them to customers.
Wool producer Rebecca Hamilton almost lost $24,000 after receiving a convincing looking invoice that claimed to come from her livestock feed supplier.
Residents have been warned not to fall victim to a new elaborate email scam that has already stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from victims (stock image)
Wool producer Rebecca Hamilton almost lost $24,000 after receiving a convincing looking invoice that claimed to come from her livestock feed supplier (stock image)
‘Two invoices came across my desk with red writing stretched across the middle of them informing me that there’s been a change of bank account details,’ she said.
Ms Hamilton double-checked by calling her supplier where she learned they had not changed their details.
The farmer said ‘alarm bells’ immediately went off in her head and she realised it was a sophisticated scam.
Livestock feed supplier Christina Fay said the invoice had been via her email and that hackers had managed to intercept it and change the details contained in it.
Curium Legal owner Sarah Gee said hundreds of thousands of dollars have already been lost by businesses that had been duped by scammers.
She recalled one instance where a scammer had sent a fake email from a finance worker to one of their own peers.
‘Many times businesses aren’t covered by insurance because they don’t have cyber insurance,’ she told ABC.
‘And often there are gaps in cyber insurance even if they do have it.’
Ms Gee shared some helpful tips for people in case they received a suspicious looking email.
It is the latest elaborate scam to dupe Australians including one that has used the face of Sunrise host David Koch
She advised they first call the business to double check they had sent it and dial the phone number shown on its website – and not the one included in the email.
It is the latest elaborate scam to dupe Australians including one that has used the face of Sunrise host David Koch.
Scammers are using photos, and ‘dodgy’ quotes from the Sunrise host to trick people into investing their money into a fake cryptocurrency trading app.
Kochie said on Monday a scam victim had abused him on Facebook who was angry he had lost thousands of dollars to the dodgy investment platform.
The host claimed fraudsters had used his photo to push scams for years on platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook and Taboola.