Another day another dodgy scam. This time the spammers are sending out a payment reminder for an outstanding invoice but signing the email off at the bottom with a genuine Australian Business name and sometimes even ABN.

They have obviously hacked a list somewhere of many, many Australian Businesses and their ABN’s, and sometimes their phone number. and address… but it appears that’s all they have for this particular scam…they are just trying to look legit and then maybe 1 in 100000 will actually pay or something. The data they are using is also publicly available on many directory websites so it’s not much of stretch to see how they get your details to put at the bottom of the email.

The company I work for just received an email from someone who received an email like this with our company name at the bottom, asking if it was a real invoice.

Here is a usual script –

Dear [Email recipient name], I’m just checking in to find out if you have got a time to remit $1,687.82 for the invoice #GST/019225 . We understand that invoices are missed from time to time, so there is no problem if you could just send it today or by the end of the week. See the billing statement with [Insert company name] attached. With Kind Regards! Bill. [Insert company name] . [Insert company name and address]

or this

Dear Client, I’m just checking in to find out if you have got a chance to remit AU$1,279.00 for the Billing Invoice no.GST/040111 . We understand that payments are occasionally overlooked, so it would be great if you just process it today or by the end of the week. See the billing statement for [your name] attached. A paper copy will be posted to [Insert your surname, then business name] . Regards, [Insert company name] . [Insert company address]

The broken English should be a bit of a giveaway but also things like the sending email address not matching the company name should be a red flag.

OUR ADVICE: Don’t open the attachment!!!! Don’t click any links in the email…you can report to Scamwatch…you can let the real company know this is happening (find them with Google) so that they can be ready when people contact them to query the invoice.