Cybersecurity Advisory – Scam Emails

Scam Emails Advisory

This notice is to advise all AIBC Members, Friends and Partners of a recent trend in Scam Emails specifically being sent with the names of AIBC Office Bearers with the malicious intent of stealing money. We advise everyone to take the time to read this and forward this to appropriate members of their team to help eliminate the impact of scam emails.

How Gift Card Scam Emails work

1. You may receive an email that looks like it has been sent by someone you know, and is designed to gain your trust
2. This email creates a false need for you to buy a physical gift card which you are coerced into sending the details via email
3. Once the scammer receives the gift card details, they transfer out the value and disappear. 

Who is behind this?

These types of scam emails are typically sent from overseas, using automated scraping software to identify potential targets, for example, who are office bearers and members or managers and employees within a team. The only intention is the extract as much money as possible and then disappear by deleting the fake email account.


What does the ACCC say?

“Scammers like to get gift cards as payment as it’s easy for them to quickly sell them on secondary markets and pocket the cash,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

“If anyone asks for payment using a gift card, it is a scam, simple as that,” Ms Rickard said.  (Source)

Read about other known scam types by clicking here

What do I do if I have received a suspicious email or SMS?

If you have received an email requesting payments via gift cards, and from anyone claiming to be from AIBC or using the name of someone within AIBC, immediately forward the email to:

  • secretariat@aibc.org.au – National Secretariat, AIBC
  • aibc@quantana.com.au – IT Consultant and Cybersecurity Advisor to AIBC

We will use the email to identify any patterns of attack and take appropriate action. Do not forward the email to anyone else to avoid any accidental spread of the scam


Cyber Safety Tips

1. Keep your software up to date, and enable Anti Virus scanning on your computer
2. Do not open any unexpected attachments or links even if it appears to be from someone you trust. Call to confirm that the files or links were intended.
3. If you receive a request to send money or a gift card, call the person who you are sending to confirm the details first
4. Do Not Share Passwords, and only use your official email accounts if available.
5. Never leave your laptop or mobile phone unlocked and unattended. 

We thank you for taking the time to read this. Have a safe online experience!

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