Watch out for Scammers!

The federal government is pleading with Australian consumers to exercise caution after receiving more than a thousand coronavirus-related scam reports.

Consumer scam monitoring website Scamwatch, which is operated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, has flagged a range of fraudulent schemes that have sprung up in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Scamwatch warns that scammers are targeting vulnerable Aussies facing financial hardship.If you find yourself suspicious of any scam don't respond to these and if you get an email delete it immediately any scams relating to superannuation please do not offer any private details and call us so we can assist you should you feel you are in need.

Consumer scam monitoring website Scamwatch, which is operated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, has flagged a range of fraudulent schemes that have sprung up in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Scamwatch warns that scammers are targeting vulnerable Aussies facing financial hardship.


Government impersonation scams (phishing)

Some Aussies in recent weeks have received text messages and emails that appear to have been issued by the federal government.

Such communication may appear to come from "GOV", "myGov", or from other government agencies and organisations.


Since April 15 the rate of scamming activities is on the rise.

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They may offer assistance with applying for financial assistance, or a reward for remaining at home.

The communication typically contains a malicious hyperlink, which, if accessed, will grant scammers access to your personal information.

Scamwatch advises users to never access hyperlinks provided in emails or social media messages, but rather to contact services directly.

Any messages or callers that request personal details should be ignored, no matter whom they claim to represent.


Superannuation scams

Scammers posing as representatives of superannuation or financial services may contact you seeking information.

They will operate under the guise of helping you access your super funds, may claim you are facing being locked out of your account due to new rules, or pretend to assess your eligibility for benefits or deals.

Again, consumers should ignore such callers and make independent contact with these businesses.


Online shopping scams

A number of websites are claiming to offer COVID-19-related products like face masks, cures and vaccinations.

Shoppers are warned that no cures or vaccines currently exist. They are also advised to do their due diligence by seeking out reviews for these websites.

Consumers should be particularly suspect of sellers seeking upfront payment via unusual methods, including money order, wire transfers or preloaded cards.

Scams targeting businesses

Some businesses have received emails from compromised accounts run by suppliers or other businesses with which they have had previous dealings.

Scammers typically cite changed conditions before requesting usual payments be made to a different account under the scammers' control.


If you find a suspicious scam do not respond to these and if you get an email delete it immediately any scamms relating to superannuation please doi offer any details and call us so we can assit you should you feel you are in need .


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