COVID-19 Scams on the rise in Australia

With many people returning from holidays and trying to relax after the rollercoaster year that was 2021 – scammers are hoping that you let your guard down and don’t think too much about giving them your personal information.
 
We are becoming more aware of scammers and so, they are always trying new ways to get your information and your money. One area many people are still unaware of, is that there has been a huge rise in reports of scams revolving around COVID-19 (coronavirus). Be wary of anyone asking for upfront payment for services that you know are either free or should not require upfront payments.
 
If you receive unsolicited messages (online, on the phone or in person) –from someone claiming to represent a Government body, Bank, Business or even a ‘friend’ on social media – ensure you verify their identity.  Do not give them any personal information and contact the relevant organization directly.
 
It’s important to think about who might be really contacting you.
 
Here are a few COVID-19 Scams that have been reported.
 
Vaccination Scams

Phishing Scams

Superannuation Scams

 Online Shopping Scams

 Scams that Target Business

Tips to protect yourself from Scammers

Visit https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/ for more detailed information on many types of scams in Australia.

And don’t forget, if you’re worried about anything at all – give us a call on 1300 368 555.  

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