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Email scams sting Australians as hackers break into invoices and alter bank details

The email scam that is almost impossible to detect that is driving Aussies out of THOUSANDS

  • Residents warned not to fall victim to new elaborate email scams from hackers
  • Invoices have been intercepted and details changed before they go to customers
  • Companies have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars on sophisticated scams

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Residents have been warned not to fall victim to a new elaborate email scam that has already stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from victims.

Hackers target Australians every day by intercepting invoices from real companies and altering the details before sending them to customers.

Wool producer Rebecca Hamilton lost nearly $24,000 after receiving a convincing-looking invoice claiming to be from her feed supplier.

Residents have been warned not to fall victim to a new elaborate email scam that has already stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from victims (stock image)

Wool producer Rebecca Hamilton lost nearly $24,000 after receiving a convincing-looking invoice claiming to be from her feed supplier (stock image)

Wool producer Rebecca Hamilton lost nearly $24,000 after receiving a convincing-looking invoice claiming to be from her feed supplier (stock image)

Wool producer Rebecca Hamilton lost nearly $24,000 after receiving a convincing-looking invoice claiming to be from her feed supplier (stock image)

“Two invoices arrived on my desk with red lettering in the middle informing me there was a change in bank account information,” she said.

Ms Hamilton double checked by calling her supplier where she learned they had not changed their details.

The farmer said that “alarm bells” immediately went off in her head and she realized it was a sophisticated scam.

Feed supplier Christina Fay said the invoice was received through her email and hackers managed to intercept the invoice and change the data on it.

Curium Legal owner Sarah Gee said hundreds of thousands of dollars have already been lost to companies scammed.

She recalled a case where a scammer sent a fake email from a finance officer to one of their own colleagues.

“Often companies are not covered by insurance because they don’t have cyber insurance,” she told ABC.

“And often there are gaps in cyber insurance, even though they do have them.”

Ms. Gee shared some helpful tips for people in case they received a suspicious-looking email.

It's the latest elaborate scam to mislead Australians, including one that used the face of Sunrise presenter David Koch

It's the latest elaborate scam to mislead Australians, including one that used the face of Sunrise presenter David Koch

It’s the latest elaborate scam to mislead Australians, including one that used the face of Sunrise presenter David Koch

She recommended calling the company first to make sure they shipped it and calling the phone number listed on the website — not the one listed in the email.

It’s the latest elaborate scam to mislead Australians, including one that has used the face of Sunrise presenter David Koch.

Scammers are using photos and ‘dodgy’ quotes from the Sunrise host to trick people into investing their money in a fake cryptocurrency trading app.

Kochie said on Monday that a scam victim had abused him on Facebook, who was angry that he had lost thousands of dollars to the dodgy investment platform.

The host claimed that fraudsters had been using his photo for years to spread scams on platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook and Taboola.

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