T’other day I received an email telling me that my Westpac account was locked because of an attempt at unauthorised access. It could be unlocked by clicking the link and following the appropriate steps.
Since I am a real whiz at spotting a phishing trip, aided perhaps by the fact that I don’t have a Westpac account, the link went unclicked.
To be a good citizen I visited the Westpac web site westpac.com.au. Near the top right on the page under the Customer Service heading is a link labelled Hoax or scam emails. Follow the link and you will be asked to report the scam and be given the address to do so firstname.lastname@example.org. You are then advised to delete the email. So far so good. I forwarded the scam message then deleted it. And since another incarnation of it would then be in my Sent mailbox I went there and deleted that.
Shortly afterwards I received an automatic reply … with the offending email within it.