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Hackers pretend to be Harvey Norman in email phishing scam

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<p>Australians are being warned to watch out for an email scam that impersonates retailer Harvey Norman, telling recipients they have won a competition.</p>

Australians are being warned to watch out for an email scam that impersonates retailer Harvey Norman, telling recipients they have won a competition.

The email, which appears to be sent from a head of customer service at Harvey Norman, tells the potential victim that they have won a prize and Harvey Norman is attempting to make contact.

It even alludes to the COVID-19 pandemic, claiming the prize entry may have "been lost in the corona stress of recent months".

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The email then asks recipients to confirm their ID to claim the prize, including their preferred delivery address.

Online watchdog Swamwatch circulated a copy of the scam email, warning recipients to delete it if they receive it.

"The latest scam impersonating Harvey Norman Australia claims you've won a competition from last year," Scamwatch warns.

"The reason you don't remember entering is that it never happened. Just delete the email."

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Data from Scamwatch reveals that online scams are becoming increasingly successful as millions of Australians perform more daily tasks online.

In just the two-and-a-half months of 2021, Australians have lost almost $43 million to scams from a reported 40,025 incidents.

Only 9.7 per cent of those reports came with financial losses, but those that did lose money suffered heavily.

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Phishing was the most popular type of scam, which involves a cybercriminal pretending to be a legitimate business such as Harvey Norman.

"Phishing messages are designed to look genuine, and often copy the format used by the organisation the scammer is pretending to represent, including their branding and logo," Scamwatch advises.

"They will take you to a fake website that looks like the real deal, but has a slightly different address."

Australians who believed they have been scammed are advised to contact their bank or financial institution immediately.

Those who receive scams are advised to report a scam to the ACCC to help monitor trends and disrupt cybercriminals where possible.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/harvey-norman-hackers-pretend-to-be-legitimate-business-phishing-scam/c12984e2-7b34-4408-993c-ab072058209a

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