Should you receive a plain and unimaginative email purporting to be from Australia Post with a .zip file attached, delete it. Under no circumstances should you open the .zip attachment as it contains malware…
Australia Post Notification,
We couldn’t deliver your parcel at your address.
Reason:Postal code contains an error.
STATUS OF YOUR ITEM: not delivered
SERVICE: Local Pickup
NUMBER OF YOUR ITEM:U362738037NU
INSURANCE: No Label is enclosed to the letter.
You should print the label and show it in the nearest post office to get a parcel.
If the parcel isn’t received within 30 working days our company will have the right to claim compensation from you for it’s keeping in the amount of $8.37 for each day of keeping. You can find the information about the procedure and conditions of parcels keeping in the nearest office.
Thank you for your attention.
Australia Post Global.
The scam messages claim that the delivery of a package to the recipient has failed due to an error in the packaging address. The recipient is instructed to open an attached file to find out more information about the supposed delivery failure.
The emails do not originate with Australia Post and the attachments do not contain package delivery information. Instead, the .zip attachments contain an executable (.exe) file that, if opened, will install malware on the recipient’s computer. This malware may allow criminals to access the infected computer by initiating connections to malicious websites. The malware may also download and install further malicious software.
Australia Post does not send generic, unsolicited emails about package deliveries that expect users to open an attached file to access information. If you receive one of these messages, do not open any attachments that they may contain. Do not follow any links in the messages. Note that subject lines and various other details in the fraudulent emails may vary.
There, you have been warned!