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A spate of phishing scams hijacking brands such as Telstra, Spotify, Energy Australia and GoVia and government agencies including the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have swamped Australian inboxes during the past week. During the past few days a number of small to large phishing scams have been picked up and blocked by email filtering firm, MailGuard.

Fake financial notices impersonating Telstra, the ATO and Queensland toll road payments provider, GoVia, were doing the rounds since Wednesday 13 September.The fake emails had a link to access a bill, and were written in plain text without any logos or anything that actually resembles correspondence from the well noted government agencies and telco giants.

Dos and don'ts

  • Do not respond to any message claiming to be from AFP, Telstra, ATO, Spotify and GoVia.
  • Do keep anti-virus software up to date.
  • Do not click any links on a suspicious email.
  • Do not give any sensitive information through email