$450,000 invoice fraud a lesson for any official authorising payments

Brisbane’s Lord Mayor says the scammers used a “sophisticated system” but officials fell for the same social engineering techniques that federal agencies warn consumers about.

There are already reports of widespread attempts to scam government agencies across Queensland, although it is not confirmed if the attempts are connected.

The scams revolve around convincing public officials to change the banking details in the paying organisation’s financial systems and issuing convincing invoice. This is according to advice from the Queensland Cyber Security Unit setup earlier this year and led by the government’s chief information officer Andrew Mills.

The advice warns that the scammers could be obtaining their target information though open source intelligence gathering:

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