Scamwatch has received more than 6,415 scam reports with more than $9.8million in reported losses associated with COVID-19 scams since the outbreak began.
Scammers often pretend to have a connection with you, so it’s important to stop and check, even when you are approached by what you think is a trusted organisation. Common COVID-19 scams include:
Vaccination scams – such as requesting payment for vaccines or fake surveys offering prizes.
Phishing or Government impersonation scams – scammers pretend to be government agencies and send emails or text messages with links or attachments designed to steal your personal or financial information.
Online shopping scams – scammers create fake stores claiming to sell products that don’t exist such as face masks.
It pays to be suspicious when it comes to identifying scams, and if you are in doubt, always ask for help.
Visit the Scamwatch website: www.scamwatch.gov.au for information about getting help or reporting scams.
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