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Dodgiest Phishing Scam Email Ever

The Mackay Police District has seen residents and business people targeted by some sophisticated email phishing attacks.

What you are about to read however is the very opposite of a sophisticated email phishing attack. The scammers have tried had, but they have missed their mark.

There are many warning red flags that exist with email phishing, for example, they are normally addressed anonymously to the recipient – dear customer or client – names are rarely used, efforts are also commonly made to coerce you into clicking a link or attachment which is infected with malicious software.

When scammers masquerade as a trusted organisation spelling errors, blatant punctuation mistakes and even a struggle to use English or put a ‘normal’ sentence together can be visible.

This does not happen in authentic business emails.

Here is our challenge to you. Do you find anything odd in the email which I received at my work email address below? Try reading it out allowed on the first occasion, good luck (you won’t need it)

Subject: Crime.research, sorry, but Your application 5651 not took into account

Greetings, crime.research

You can earn $876 per day (this sentence was in the form of a link – one which was infected with malicious software)

Don’t be upset, but Your application not agreed ….

From this project you NEVER such a Letters WILL NOT COME

FROM this web project you will see strictly pleasant notice. For example, let’s say :

accrued funds ready for the conclusion.
Your message will fall already in a few minutes. So – every couple of hours.

Is yours private colleague?

(Senders alleged name then placed here)

How did you go? Anything strike you as odd?

Find a work colleague and make them read this email out aloud on their first attempt.

If they can do this with a straight face (no visible signs of confusion) and also not laughing, they are a worthy adversary and deserving of your respect!

Tempted though I may have been, I did not click the link on offer in the very first sentence of the email.

Scamwatch has provided some helpful information about how phishing works and what to look out for – view the information by clicking here.

Heed the warnings and protect yourself and your business – not all email phishing attempts are so poorly constructed. It would be great if they were though…

Any loss of information or money as a result of a phishing attack should be reported through the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network – (known as ACORN) as soon as possible.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.