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Scammers are using the fear of Covid-19 to try to scam people across the world, including Australia.

Summary

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) lists the different types of Covid-19 related scams. The ACCC Scamwatch webpage provides regular updates on the various kinds of Covid-19 scams. The ACCC notes one of the most common scams/frauds is ‘Phishing’—pretending to be from a trusted organisation to try to steal financial information from you. The ACCC provides the following tips on how to protect yourself from these types of scams:
 
  • Do not click on hyperlinks even if they appear to come from a source or person you trust.
  • Do not respond to unsolicited messages, texts, emails and phone calls.
  • Never let a stranger have access to your computer even if they claim to come from Telstra or another trusted source.
  • Verify any contact by searching for them through an independent source.
Read the article in full and then consider any other ways to protect yourself and your family from scams.

References

  • The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) lists the different types of Covid-19 related scams. The ACCC Scamwatch webpage provides regular updates on the various kinds of Covid-19 scams. The ACCC notes one of the most common scams/frauds is ‘Phishing’—pretending to be from a trusted organisation to try to steal financial information from you. The ACCC provides the following tips on how to protect yourself from these types of scams:
  • Do not click on hyperlinks even if they appear to come from a source or person you trust.
  • Do not respond to unsolicited messages, texts, emails and phone calls.
  • Never let a stranger have access to your computer even if they claim to come from Telstra or another trusted source.
  • Verify any contact by searching for them through an independent source.
  • Read the article in full and then consider any other ways to protect yourself and your family from scams.