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See Scamwatch for more information about online shopping scams https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/buying-or-selling/online-shopping-scams

WARNING: The scammers impersonating Woolworths from earlier this week are now impersonating Coles; again claiming a $250 shopping voucher for #COVID19au. Don’t share and don’t click the link.

Warning: Scammers are using #COVID19 to claim that Microsoft has closed and is outsourcing tech support, and that your computer has a virus. Never give a stranger remote access to your computer or any of your information. https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/attempts-to-gain-your-personal-information/remote-access-scams

SCAM ALERT🚨Scammers are impersonating @woolworths and claiming to give away $250 shopping vouchers for #COVID19au. Don’t click the link or share with others – just press delete. #scam #Australia

Ignore messages claiming to be from your bank asking you to update or verify your details. If you are unsure, call your bank on their number from their official website or web banking mobile app.

The @eSafetyOffice is hosting free #BeConnectedAU webinars to help older Australians stay safe online. Learn how to protect yourself from modern scammers and keep your information safe. Book your spot now https://beconnected.esafety.gov.au/bookings

Self-isolation can be lonely. If you’re looking for a furry companion remember to research the seller. Scamwatch received a report of a puppy scam yesterday with a loss of $1600.

Scammers are exploiting the #COVID19 pandemic to scam people in all sorts of ways. If shopping online remember to check the sellers’ details and protect your personal information, see:
https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-how-criminals-are-exploiting-the-covid-19-pandemic-to-scam-the-public-11962897

Scammers are targeting the Chinese community with automated messages about the corona virus threatening arrest if money is not sent urgently. Just hang up. https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/threat-and-kidnap-scams-continue-to-target-chinese-community

Beware of scammers trying to get their hands on your valuable superannuation! Scammers are asking for Australians’ super account details in a range of scams mentioning the Coronavirus. Never give personal and financial information to unsolicited callers. https://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/mornings/superannuation-funds-say-only-access-super-as-a-last-resort/12084256

New warning from @auspost about fake text messages taking advantage of #COVID19. Remember - @auspost will never email or text you asking for a payment, or for your personal and financial information. https://auspost.com.au/about-us/about-our-site/online-security-scams-fraud/scam-alerts

Scammers are using the COVID-19 to claim that Microsoft closed and outsourcing tech support and that your computer has a virus. Do not give these people access to your computer or any of your information https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/attempts-to-gain-your-personal-information/remote-access-scams

Warning: Watch out for #COVID19Aus themed texts directing you to a website that asks you to update your 'Adobe Flash Player'. We're seeing a variety but they all try and trick you into installing a program that steals your banking details.

A scam email stating you’ll receive a payment for staying at home during the #COVID19 crisis is doing the rounds. The attachment titled ‘COVID 19 Relief’ is malicious – don’t open it, delete the email immediately!

Scammers are playing on people’s fears around #COVIDー19 with 94 reports of coronavirus scams reported to Scamwatch so far this year, and the figures are increasing daily. Read more here: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/warning-on-covid-19-scams

It’s important to know you’ve ended up on the right website. Google Chrome users can enable a new setting to see the full website address, and check that you haven’t accidentally landed on a scam or phishing site.
https://www.techradar.com/au/news/this-new-chrome-setting-will-help-you-protect-yourself-from-online-scams

Scammers are using fears around the #COVID19 virus to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. From fake online shopping websites to phishing scams – beware of the signs. Find out more: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/covid-19-coronavirus-scams

Warning: This Government impersonation scam text tries to trick you into installing software that will steal your banking credentials. Do not click on links in suspicious texts.

Scammers can target children who play online video games, by offering unlocked achievements or special items in exchange for money or gift card codes without ever transferring the item. Learn more:
https://www.kotaku.com.au/2020/03/accc-warns-scams-through-video-games/ via @KotakuAU

The @WHO says that at this point, there is no specific medicine to prevent or treat #coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Beware of scammers trying to sell you false hope. Read more:
https://7news.com.au/travel/coronavirus/coronavirus-scam-warning-issued-as-websites-are-set-up-claiming-to-sell-cures-c-694123 #scam #australia

Scammers continue to impersonate the NBN Co over the phone. Remember - @NBN_Australia will never call and ask to access your computer or advise that you’re going to be disconnected https://www.itwire.com/security/nbn-co-warns-against-scams.html

Australians under 25 lost over $5 million last year- many scams involve online gaming platforms such as Fortnite. Learn more: https://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/gen-z-the-fastest-growing-victims-of-scams

Be wary of scammers selling fake concert tickets online and asking for payment via PayPal’s ‘friends and family’ function. When buying tickets online, try to verify the seller's identity and the legitimacy of the tickets, and pay by secure methods. https://www.wsfm.com.au/newsroom/how-a-paypal-loophole-is-being-used-to-scam-concert-goers/

Australians reported $155 935 in losses to scams on Instagram last week. Half of these reports were dating and romance scams. Do you know how to spot a fake account? Learn more: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/dating-romance

Last week Scamwatch received 16 reports of cryptocurrency investment scams with $121 350 in losses. Beware of investment scams offering great returns for small initial investments. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/mar/02/swindled-with-bitcoin-australian-victims-count-cost-of-online-finance-scam