“Paperless Statement” email purporting to be from Australian energy provider AGL supposedly includes a summary of your monthly bill and urges you to click a link to view your current statement in detail.
The email is not from AGL and the link does not open a power bill statement. It is a criminal ploy that tries to trick you into visiting a compromised website and downloading malware. This is just one in a series of fake AGL bill emails that have been used to distribute various types of malware. Typically, the malware payload is ransomware.
This”Paperless Billing” email, which purports to be from large Australian energy provider AGL, supposedly, contains a summary of your latest energy bill. It claims that you can click a “Current Statement” link to view bill details and manage your account.
However, the email is not from AGL and clicking the link does not open an energy bill statement. In fact, the link loads a compromised website that contains malware.
This example is just one in a series of fake AGL bill emails that link to malware. Typically, the malware payload is ransomware. Once installed, ransomware can encrypt all of the files on your computer and then demand that you pay a fee to online criminals to receive a decryption key.
AGL has published a warning about the scam emails on its website.
If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.
Last updated: February 8, 2017
First published: February 8, 2017
By Brett M. Christensen
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!