Online Investigations is warning Australians about a scam email purporting to be from Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)
The email has been sent from the address firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject heading “Renewal”
The email contains the official logo for ASIC then goes on to state:
Please find information in the following link regarding the renewal for your company.
Renewal letter [note: contains compromised link]
Select this link to view, save or print the information. This link will remain active for 14 days. If you no longer need your business name to be registered, please email us at email@example.com.
If you have any questions, contact us at www.asic.gov.au/question
Jaime Price [NB: Several alternatives have also been provided in other emails sighted by our office]
Senior Executive Leader
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
The email contains a “Renewal Letter” button which leads to a compromised link not affiliated with ASIC. The link leads to an automatic download of a zip file containing the JS.downloader malicious software. This type of malware can steal hard disk space and memory that slows down or completely halts your PC. It is typically spread by cybercriminals for the purposes of obtaining personal information, hijacking your computer and further spreading the virus.
ASIC have released the following warning to their customers on their website:
Scams targeting ASIC customers
Scammers pretending to be from ASIC have been contacting Registry customers asking them to pay fees and give personal information to renew their business or company name.
These emails often have a link that provides an invoice with fake payment details or infects your computer with malware if you click the link.
- Warning signs the email is not from ASIC
- How do I protect myself from email scams?
- What should I do if I’m unsure an email is from ASIC?
An email is probably a scam and is not from ASIC if it asks you:
- to make a payment over the phone
- to make a payment to receive a refund
- for your credit card or bank details directly by email or phone
Have you received this scam email? Let us know when you received it and where you are from in the comments below: