Christmas postal scam warning

SCAMMERS are targeting people at Christmas with emails supposedly from Australia Post that can freeze a computer.

The scam has prompted a warning from the consumer watchdog after more than 100 reports this month.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commissioner deputy chair Delia Rickard said scammers were taking advantage at Christmas time by emailing potential victims about a "missed parcel delivery".

She said the emails purported to be from Australia Post or FedEx and looked like they could be legitimate, despite "fraudulent logos".

"The email may mention a fee will be charged while they hold your undelivered item," she said.

"Scammers ask you to open an attachment or download a file to retrieve your parcel.

"If you follow these instructions, an executable file (.exe) will load onto your computer and install ransomware as soon as it is opened."

She said the ransomware might freeze the computer and demand a fee to unlock it, but there were no guarantees the computer would be unlocked if the ransom was paid.


Helping hotels in Maranoa lower their power bills

Premium Content Helping hotels in Maranoa lower their power bills

Maranoa MP David Littleproud is encouraging hotels and motels across the Maranoa to...

PHOTOS: Glitz and glam from Chinchilla Race Day

Premium Content PHOTOS: Glitz and glam from Chinchilla Race Day

Check out all the photos from the Chinchilla Race Day on Saturday, February 27...

Broncos community program propels Charleville student’s career

Premium Content Broncos community program propels Charleville student’s...

A Beyond the Broncos Girls Academy graduate from Charleville has seen her career...