Tech Alert - Ransomeware

Posted by: Reliance Technology

ATT: EMAIL SCAM: copies AGL Energy Bills.

A destructive scam email that infects computers and holds them hostage has successfully targeted at least 10,000 Australians since it was detected this week, a article reports.

The email, purporting to be from energy company AGL, sends a fake bill and prompts the recipient to click on a link to download a copy.

It then saves a .zip file on the computer which, when extracted, locks the machine down using malware known as "ransomware". The recipient is prompted to pay $US640 ($A880) to unlock it.

We have seen a sharp increase in this type of scam affecting our clients, not only purporting to be from AGL but other large companies such as AustPost, Toll and others. If ever you receive an email from a supplier, or potential supplier in a way that you have not seen before, do not open any links or attachments. We would welcome you to forward us a copy for inspection before you take any further actions. Simply forward the email to and we’ll happily review and confirm if the email is legitimate.

If you, or a member of staff has received a suspicious email, please contact Reliance Technology. Likewise if a computer within your organisation has been affected please contact us immediately.

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As always, if you have any questions feel free to send an email to or give us a call. We'd be happy to hear from you.
Until next time,
Lucas Bradley
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