Queensland Law Society

Warning on new email scam

Practitioners are advised to take extreme care before opening or clicking on links in unexpected emails from government departments and other organisations. A practitioner recently received an email purporting to be from a Queensland local government’s ‘Applications Planning and Environment’ division seeking further details to confirm an online payment for a planning application.

The professional-looking email purported to be in relation to recent contact from the firm and advised that a few more details were required to process an online payment. The email then set out a link to a form to be completed and asked for online credit card pre-payment of $46 for a search.

The practitioner does not presently have any applications with the relevant local government and was able to identify this as a false request.

Practitioners are reminded to take care with all emails requesting any personal or firm information or payment. Do not click on any links or open attachments from emails claiming to be from government agencies, your bank or another trusted organisation and asking you to update or verify your details.

The ACCC Scamwatch page has more information and tips about avoiding scams of this nature.