Life Tech That ‘Origin Energy’ bill is a scam. Whatever you do, don’t open the attachment
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That ‘Origin Energy’ bill is a scam. Whatever you do, don’t open the attachment

A scam email purporting to be an Origin energy bill
A scam email purporting to be an Origin energy bill
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A sophisticated scam is being emailed out to Australians under the guise of an Origin Energy bill.

The scam email looks remarkably similar to a genuine Origin bill, with the same logo, colours, design and layout.

The New Daily has seen a mock bill for $946.81 emailed to a customer on Tuesday.

The mock bill included a link to view the bill online, but would instead download malware on the computer or device. The email also included a link to the genuine Origin My Account page and its privacy page.

The 1300 phone number provided was for a New South Wales-based osteopathy clinic.

The email was sent from the domain ovioenergy.com.

A scam email purporting to be an Origin energy bill
The scam email purporting to be an Origin energy bill.

A similar scam targeting Origin customers was sent out in May.

Origin sent a warning out on Tuesday, advising customers and non-customers not to click through.

A spokesperson told The New Daily the energy company was working with relevant authorities to contain and remove the threat.

“As with recent, similar phishing scams that used the Origin brand, we’re alerting our customers about how to spot fake bills, with a specific focus on the email address from which emails are being sent,” the spokesperson said.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission confirmed Scam Watch was aware of the phishing attempt.

In its warning, Origin said scammers often mimic legitimate companies.

The company gave tips on how to tell the difference between the scam and legitimate bill.

“Firstly, when we contact you about an outstanding payment, we let you choose the payment option that suits you. We’ll never ask you to make a money transfer or put money straight into a bank account,” the online warning said.

“If you get an email that seems to be from Origin, but you’re unsure about it, close it and call us. Please don’t forward the email or click on any links, as it may contain a virus or some other nasty that could do your computer harm.”

The scam looked remarkably similar to a genuine Origin energy bill (pictured)
The scam looked remarkably similar to a genuine Origin energy bill (pictured)

If you think you have been the target of a phishing attempt, report it to Scam Watch.

Read the full warning from Origin here.

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