The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has recently become aware of a fraudulent email campaign using the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Indonesia to hook in victims.
These criminal scams often use news and current events to dupe people out of their personal information, a process known as “phishing”. They send fraudulent emails or text messages pretending to be from large organisations you know or trust.
Emails claiming to be from the department, and relating to FMD, have been reported by farmers, industry and members of the community.
We will never send emails asking for your online banking logins, credit card details or passwords.
Responding to these emails could result in the loss of information, money or identity theft.
You can protect yourself from phishing attempts by following some simple tips.
Read more about phishing and what to do if you have been targeted at the Australian Cyber Security Centre.
Find the latest information on FMD on our website.