ACCC warns Aussies on COVID-19 scams

ACCC has raised awareness amongst the Australian citizen related to the scammers who are adapting existing technology to take advantage of people’s fear surrounding COVID-19.

Since 1 January 2020, the ACCC’s Scamwatch has noted ninety-four cases of scams related to COVID-19 & cautions this figure to go up.

The report received by Scamwatch are of phishing scams which is being received via email or text message that promises to provide official data on coronavirus, but the objective behind such emails and texts is to get personal data.

Other scams include the misrepresentation about treatments for COVID-19 & investment scams that says COVID-19 has created chances to make money. There are also cases of false online stores offering products claiming to be a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19.

However, ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard has confirmed that there is no known vaccine of this disease.

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