Phishing emails target MBIE customers

You may have read an article on Stuff today advising that Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) customers have been hit by a wave of phishing emails containing malicious software.

MBIE is advising people who receive the email not to click on or open the PDF contained in the email. When the document is opened, the malicious software is downloaded onto the recipient’s computer. The email looks convincing as it uses MBIE branding and currently includes ‘Complaint Case’ in the subject line.

MBIE states ‘If you’ve opened a suspicious email, do not click on or try to open the PDF attachment. These emails were not sent by MBIE and should be deleted. If you’ve opened a suspicious email or have any concerns about an email you’ve received, please report to Cert NZ."

Phishing is an increasing issue in New Zealand and worldwide. It wasn’t long ago that BNZ was targeted and we provided you with the following information on what to do if you receive a phishing email:

• Simply don’t open the e-mail, delete it immediately.
• Check the email address against one you know to be legitimate.
• Hover your mouse over the hyperlink, this will show you the address imbedded in the link.

And remember, if you’re suspicious of an e-mail you’ve received, or if you suspect you’ve been taken in by a scam, contact BNZ on 0800 ASK BNZ (275 269) or +64 4 924 0499 as soon as possible.