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Moree business a target of “Australia Post” email ransomware scam: Barwon LAC

BARWON LAC Police have recently taken a report from a local business after they became the target of a ransomware scam.

Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks or limits access to your computer or files, and demands a ransom be paid to the scammer for them to be unlocked.

Infected computers often display messages to convince you into paying the ransom. Scammers may pretend to be from the police and claim you have committed an illegal activity and must pay a fine, or they may simply demand payment for a ‘key’ to unlock your computer.

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A screenshot of the ransomware scam, purporting to be from Australia Post.

This latest scam email came in the form of an email stating a parcel needed to be collected from Australia Post.

In order to protect yourself and your business from this attack, be cautious when clicking any link containing free or unsolicited offers.

If your computer is compromised, seek immediate technical advice to remove the ransomware from all infected computers and recover the files from backup.

If your computer has been compromised, you can report the incident to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).

ACORN provides information on how to recognise and avoid common forms of cybercrime, such as hacking, online scams, online fraud, identity theft, attacks on computer systems and illegal or prohibited content, as well as offering advice to those who have fallen victim.

ACORN makes it easier and more convenient to report cybercrime to a law enforcement agency.

It is not recommend that you pay the ransom but instead seek immediate technical advice. You can keep up to date with the latest scams viawww.scamwatch.gov.au.

You can also report scams to the ACCC via this website or by calling 1300 795 995.