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Scams alert – be very cautious

As if current times are enough cause for concern, the devious con artists behind the increased number of scams currently targeting us via phone, text message and email is despicable.

These scams are not urban myths. They occur at alarming rates and target all ages, young and old. Please don’t be thinking it couldn’t be you on the receiving end of a potential con.

Here’s one just from last week…

A neighbour of ours answered an official-like phone call stating she had been in a COVID-19 hot spot and needed to be tested then isolate for 14 days at home.

The scammer informed her that for $50 she could have a self-testing kit sent to her home. Not only were they after her credit card details, but also her address!

Be very aware. According to Scamwatch, scammers are using the spread of coronavirus to take advantage of people across Australia.

The latest statistics show over 3,550 scams mentioning coronavirus have been reported to Scamwatch since the outbreak, totalling over $2.2 million in reported losses.

Common scams include phishing for personal information, online shopping, and superannuation scams.

Be cautious and remain alert

Scammers may pretend to have a connection with you. They want you to let your guard down so they can make their move.

Do not provide your personal, banking or superannuation details.

It’s important to stop and check, even if you think it is a trusted organisation. Do not click on any hyperlinks and ask questions. Do your own research but never divulge personal information.

If you have been scammed or have seen a scam, you can make a report on the Scamwatch website, and find more information about where to get help.

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