Bad actors are currently targeting Australians in a new COVID-19 scam. This is what you need to know.
Scamwatch has revealed a new COVID-19 scam is localised to Victoria, which is currently suffering a second wave of infection.
Some Victorians have begun receiving phone calls alleging they have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. They then ask for their credit card details in order to mail out a home-test.
“Scammers are cold calling Victorians claiming they’ve been in close contact to a positive case of #COVID-19 and requesting credit card details over the phone for a $50 mail-out test. It’s a scam” Scamwatch said in a tweet.
Scammers are cold calling Victorians claiming they've been in close contact to a positive case of #COVID-19 and requesting credit card details over the phone for a $50 mail-out test. It's a scam. For information on testing in your state or territory see https://t.co/7pff3tHSed
— Scamwatch_gov_au (@Scamwatch_gov) July 28, 2020
If you need information on how testing works in your state or territory you can find it here.
There are lots of COVID-19 scams in Australia
This is only one of many COVID-19 related scams doing the rounds. Many involve the bad actors impersonating goverment or banks. Some even involve superannuation withdrawals and fake monetary support payments.
You can find a full list of these scams, with example of what they can look like, over in the Scamwatch website.
If you have been the victim of a scam, head over to Scamwatch for advice and resources. Always remember to never click on link in suspicious text messages or in emails from people you don’t know.