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Northern Territory warns Govt suppliers of email scam

Northern Territory warns Govt suppliers of email scam

Attachment could contain malicious software

The Northern Territory Government (NTG) has warned suppliers of an email scam impersonating NTG email accounts.

According to an alert posted on the NTG's website, the email contains a link to download a document designed to look like a contract approval.

The NTG told recipients to not click or save the attachment as it could download malware into one's computer and to delete the email.

Documents are not sent in this format by the Northern Territory Government, it advised. The NTG also recommended that recipients that may have clicked on the link should contact their IT provider.

Information on types of scams and how to report it can be found on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's dedicated page, Scamwatch.

Last week, Apple, Xero and Go Via were among the locally-operating companies whose brands were hijacked by scammers, with phishing email campaigns using the businesses’ brands to dupe local recipients.

On 19 March, email filtering and security company, MailGuard, said in a blog post that it had spotted a phishing scam using Apple branding and employing a “well made” fake Apple login screen.

According to MailGuard, the fake Apple website is hosted at www.appleid.apple(dot)com(dot)appsupportmail(dot)com, with the design of the page quite convincing.

If the recipient of the dodgy fake Apple email picked up by MailGuard clicks on the link in the message, they are taken to the fake login page where their credential data would be harvested.

MailGuard said its analysis of the phishing campaign suggests that the messages were sent from the email domain ‘@applemail(dot)email’ which is hosted with Google mail, meaning it can pass certain authentication tests and, as such, is likely to penetrate multiple inboxes.


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