Spot the Scam – March 2021 Edition

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Scams and phishing emails are about inevitable as death and taxes, you’re going to get a scam email once in your life.

This doesn’t mean you should delete your email account straight away, instead be vigilant and look out for anything that seems a bit too good to be true.

Here are two scams you should look out for this month, one from NAB and the other a fake Microsoft login page from a fake solicitor.

NAB Email Scam

The National Australia Bank (NAB) has been impersonated by cybercriminals in a phishing email scam designed to steal confidential data.

According to MailGuard, the email is titled ‘Notification !’ and uses a display name of ‘NAB’. The domain used in the sender email address provided in the email’s ‘From:’ field doesn’t belong to the bank – a red flag pointing to the email’s illegitimacy. The email looks like the below:

example of a fake nab scam email

It actually originates from a mass mailer. The email body contains NAB’s logo. It informs users to complete the bank’s ‘account verification process’ in order to help safeguard their information. A link is provided for users to ‘Log on to Internet Banking’.

Clicking on the link in the email leads users to a login page that looks similar to the authentic NAB login page. The scam is aimed to steal users login details.

Read more here.

Fake Solicitor Email Scam

Nobody enjoys receiving an email from a solicitor at the best of times. MailGuard has intercepted a new phishing email scam that originates from a compromised email account belonging to a ‘Principal Solicitor’ of a company.

According to MailGuard, the email is titled ‘Property Settlements Advice’ and contains a link that appears to host a .PDF file titled ‘Sales Advice_01’. It informs recipients that a ‘Settlement Statement’ has been attached for their approval and directs them to confirm that ‘settlement figures are agreed as soon as possible’.

example of a fake solicitor email

Those who click on the link are led to a reCAPTCHA feature proving they are “not a robot”. One users click submit they are sent to a page resembling a Microsoft Login. Do not login with your Microsoft details as it will harvest your details for future scams.

Read more here.

Take Home Message

Email scams or phishing come in various forms either telling someone they’ve won money; their account has been hacked or prompting a change in password.

If you’ve received an email from a sender that doesn’t seem familiar or a contact has sent you an email with information that doesn’t seem quite right, please flag it with us and we will review it for you.

Every month we will be sharing the latest in email scams courtesy of MailGuard.

To get a more comprehensive understanding of how to spot scam, please refer to one of our previous blogs:

Phishing – Think Before You Click!

Using mail protection software is a great way to control email, and reduce the chance of receiving such scam.

Contact Us

If you are interested in using MailGuard to add an extra layer of security to your email and reduce your risk of being the next victim of a phishing scam, reach out to us today at or call us on 1300 770 035.

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