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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