Scamwatch is advising that reports have been made regarding potential scams involving fraudulent COVID-19 vaccine websites. | The Advertiser – Cessnock | #romancescams


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Every year, thousands of Australians are targeted by scams, whether it be online, via phone, mail or even in person. Australian Community Media has compiled a list of current scams identified on sites such as scamwatch.gov.au, www.cyber.gov.au and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s website dedicated to informing people about fraudulent and dishonest activities:

Don’t fall victim to COVID-19 vaccination scams

  • Scamwatch is advising that reports have been made regarding potential scams involving fraudulent COVID-19 vaccine websites.
  • People wanting to get vaccinated should book via a genuine website.
  • Scamwatch suggests using the COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility Checker on the healthdirect website: covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

Australia Post scams circulating within communities again

  • Scammers are once again sending fake ‘Australia Post’ emails claiming the target has a package waiting.
  • The link takes the recipient to an ‘interactive parcel management system’ which claims the package label is damaged and asks for personal and financial details.
  • Scamwatch advises that this is a scam.
  • Delete the emails and do not click on any links.

Romance baiting scams

  • Scamwatch has advised that romance baiting scams are again circulating across Australia.
  • People are advised to be skeptical of anyone who connects with them via social media or online forums under the premise of romance, only to begin talking about investment opportunities.
  • Do not take financial advice from potential ‘suitors’ – if an opportunity seems too good to be true, it likely is.

Puppy scams still rampant

  • People should verify the existence of the puppy before making a payment and only source puppies from reputable breeders or rescue organisations.

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