Scammers are again targeting customers of Australian telecommunications giant Telstra.
People have reported receiving a Telstra branded email claiming that a recent direct debit payment was unsuccessful. The email urges recipients to pay the missed bill and update their details by clicking a link.
Despite its appearance, the email is not from Telstra, and the link does not open the Telstra website.
Instead, the email is a phishing scam designed to steal Telstra account login credentials, credit card details, and other personal information.
Clicking the link opens a fraudulent website that looks almost identical to the legitimate Telstra website. Once on the fake site, users are asked to log in with their Telstra email address and password. After logging in, they will be instructed to fill in a “Payment Update” form that asks for their name and address, date of birth, credit card numbers, credit limit, Telstra account number, and other identifying information.
After submitting the form, an “update successful” message appears. Clicking the “Finish button on the message opens the official Telstra website.
People who complete the form may thus be unaware that they have just handed their personal and financial information to online criminals who will use it to hijack Telstra accounts, commit credit card fraud, and steal the identities of victims.
Be cautious of any email purporting to be from Telstra that claims that you must click a link or open an attached file to update account information, correct a billing error or avoid a suspension of service. If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.
The Telstra help files include information about recognising and reporting such scam attempts.