auDA the administrator of Australia’s .au top level domain issued a scam alert today. We are seeing emails being sent out by someone posing as an auDA employee and asking for either copies of identification documents or verification of contact information. auDA does not send these types of emails so please do not respond to any unsolicited emails with any personal information.
The scammer is seeking identification documents such as a drivers licence and passport or a copy of a Medicare card
Any email from domains such as @auda-domains.com, auda-domain.com and similar should be ignored and forwarded to your Account Manager. auDA does not generally liaise direct with Registrants and certainly does not request this type of information.
It is also important not to click on any links as this may cause malware to be downloaded. Auda posted that If you have provided your personal details in response to this email, you will need to make a report to your State or Territory police force, and to the Australian Cyber Security Centre via cyber.gov.au/report.
There was a similar phishing attempt in January and we are seeing an increase in phishing scams that ask for personal information. If you receive emails of this nature, please notify ACCC’s Scamwatch. Scamwatch also has information about identifying and protecting yourself against phishing attempts. If you have any concerns you can also contact your brandsec account manager.
Brandsec customers should send any suspicious emails requesting domain name related information to their Account Manager for review.
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