“Tracking update” emails purporting to be from Australia Post claim that your delivery is on its way. The emails claim that the supposed deliveries are from various well-known stores such as The Good Guys and Officeworks. The messages invite you to click a button to track your delivery.
The emails are not from Australia Post and they have no connection to the stores they name.They are a criminal ruse design to trick you into downloading and installing malware.
According to these ‘tracking update” emails, which purport to be from Australia Post, your delivery is on its way and you can click a button to track its progress. The emails claim that the goods being delivered are from various well-known Australian businesses, including Officeworks and The Good Guys. The emails include Australia Post logos along with generic delivery information.
However, the emails are not from Australia Post and they are not in any way associated with the businesses they list as the sources of the supposed deliveries. In fact, the fraudulent emails are designed to trick you into installing malware on your computer.
If you click the “Track your delivery” button, you will be taken to a website that claims you must now download a file to see the delivery details. But, alas, if you do download and open the file, malware can be installed on your computer.
The exact nature of this malware may vary. It may be ransomware that locks up your computer’s files and then demands that you pay a fee to online criminals to retrieve a decryption key for your locked files. Or it may be malware that is designed to steal sensitive information such as banking passwords.
The criminals hope that at least a few people, knowing that they are not expecting any deliveries from the named companies, may click the link in the hope of getting more information. And, of course, a few people who actually are expecting a delivery may click without due caution.
If you receive one of these emails do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.
A page on the Australia Post website contains information about various AustraliaPost related scams and malware attacks.
Last updated: October 27, 2016
First published: October 27, 2016
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!