Surety IT Security Alert – August 2018

Surety IT provides a monthly alert of the scams impacting Australian businesses including phishing scams, malware attacks and security

You need to be particularly aware of  –

1. Telstra bill scam

  • A new phishing scam has been detected that looks like it has been sent by Telstra.
  • It encourages the recipient to ‘pay now’.
  • The link in the message takes the victim to a phishing page made to look like a real Telstra login portal.
  • The phishing page harvests the personal data and password of the victim and forwards them to a second page which collects their credit
    card details.
  • To identify the scam,  If you look at the website address for the portal, you will see that it is not a Telstra website.

2. CBA email scam

  • A new phishing scam has been detected that has brand-jacked CBA.
  • This phishing email hopes that the victim clicks on the link which directs them to a fake but convincing CBA login page.
  • If the victim inputs their details the scammers have all of the details they need to access the account and take any money in it.

3. Office 365 brand-jacking

  • A new scam has been detected that claims to be from Microsoft.
  • If a victim clicks on the “Recover Messages” link they are directed to a fake Microsoft login portal set up to harvest their
    login credentials.
  • If the victim enters their credentials they are then directed to a genuine Microsoft website, so it looks like nothing is amiss.

4. NAB brand-jacking

  • This new scam email uses NAB branding to try and persuade victims that it is genuine.
  • There is a pdf attachment which links to a file hosted on Dropbox.
  • The file contains malicious software which when opened automatically installs on the victim’s computer.

5. Fake OneDrive notification

  • A new scam has been detected that claims to be from Microsoft OneDrive.
  • If a victim clicks on the “View Completed Document” link they are directed to a fake OneDrive login portal set up to harvest their
    login credentials.

5. Fake American Express Notification

  • A new scam has been detected that claims to be from American Express.
  • It tries to convince the recipient to register on-line to access your paperless statements.
  • The link points to a phishing page that has been set up to harvest the victim’s email credentials.
  • The giveaway is that the email address from

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Ash Klemm

Ash has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing. His journey from a casual salesperson at Chandlers to State Manager at a national IT distribution company, while battling health issues, including a double lung transplant in 2015, gave him the experience, know-how, tenacity, and marketing insight, to find solutions and help businesses grow. After spending several years in the ivory tower of state management, Ash missed the genuine connection of face to face meetings and helping make a difference to businesses in need. His authentic, conversational, and easy-going nature helps our customers feel at ease and shows them we are a brand to trust. Ash spends his days advocating for our customers to ensure they receive the best possible service in a timely fashion. Ash is also the in house chair builder. His curiosity and natural problem-solving ability make him the perfect first call for all our new customers to help determine what is wrong, how Surety IT can help and what the best solutions are moving forward.
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