Scammers are using the spread of COVID-19 to take advantage of consumers across Australia.
Scamwatch has received over 4,560 scam reports mentioning the coronavirus with over $5,118,000 in reported losses since the outbreak of COVID-19 (Source: Scamwatch/ACCC – Australian Competition & Consumer Commission).
Common scams include phishing for personal information, online shopping, and superannuation scams.
A reminder to please not provide your personal, banking or superannuation details to people you don’t know. Scammers may pretend to have a connection or existing relationship with you when telephoning you, texting you or emailing you, so it’s important to stop and check/verify who they are, even when you are approached by what you think is a trusted organisation.
Further information, details and examples of a range of COVID-19 scams to be aware of can be found here.
Founder, Owner and Lead Behavioural Investigator – Mind Hush Group.