According to this widely distributed spam email, Australia Post customers have a surprise waiting for them if they click a link.
The email, which features Australia Post branding, claims that you have been selected to get an exclusive reward. It instructs you to click “OK” to complete a marketing survey in order to qualify for your reward.
However, despite the branding and the implied association, the email has no connection to Australia Post. Instead, it is a typical survey spam email designed to trick people into signing up for a “free reward” that is, in fact, neither free nor rewarding.
If you go ahead and click, you will be taken to a website that urges you to complete a short survey about your shopping experiences with Australia Post. As with the spam email, the website features Australia Post branding and implies that it is connected to the service. But, again, the site has no association with Australia Post whatsoever.
After you complete the survey, the site will pretend to check your answers and then declare you eligible for the “exclusive” reward. It claims that the offer is for today only and implies that you should hurry because “there is a very limited supply of risk free trials” available. In fact, ALL visitors are declared eligible regardless of what survey answers they provide, the offer is “for today only” EVERY day, and the “very limited supply” never runs out.
The site then gives you a selection of “free” offers to choose from. The offers cover a range of suspect health-related products, including “miracle” weight-loss medication, hair re-growth formula, and “male enhancement” pills.
To redeem your chosen offer, you must click another link, which opens yet another spammy website. Once on the offer site, you will be promised a free product in exchange for registering and providing your credit card details, ostensibly to cover shipping costs.
However, the fine print on the order page states that by redeeming your free offer you will also be enrolling in an ongoing program that will charge you more than $100 per month for a continuing supply of the product. To cancel, you are required to call a number rather than just click a link.
Companies that use deliberately deceptive tactics such as posing as postal services certainly should not be trusted with your credit card details or any other personal information.
Spammers regularly use such ruses to get people to visit dodgy websites and sign up for supposedly free offers. They use the names and logos of many companies and service providers around the world.
A Screenshot of the spam email:
Screenshot of the spam website: