The COVID-19 scam you MUST avoid: Fraudsters pretend to be contact tracers

The COVID-19 scam you MUST avoid: Fraudsters pretend to be contact tracers in worrying new racket as $3.3million is swindled from Australians since the outbreak Fake SMS messages warn victims that a possible coronavirus case is in their area The alert asks people to click on a link to find dangerous spots to avoid Fraudsters have collected more than $3.3million from Aussies since COVID-19

By Charlotte Karp For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 02:59 BST, 24 September 2020 | Updated: 02:59 BST, 24 September 2020

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Con artists are pretending to be government COVID-19 tracers in an elaborate new text message scam.

Fake SMS messages warn innocent Australians that a possible coronavirus case has been detected in their neighbourhood.

The alert then asks victims to click on a link on a map to find out 'the most dangerous places to avoid tomorrow'.

Scamwatch, which is run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, posted the message on Twitter with warning to all recipients. 

Fake SMS messages warn innocent Australians that a possible coronavirus case has been detected in their neighbourhood (pictured)

Fake SMS messages warn innocent Australians that a possible coronavirus case has been detected in their neighbourhood (pictured)

'Beware of the latest COVID-19 themed government impersonation scam,' Scamwatch wrote.

How to protect yourself against scams: 

Don’t click on hyperlinks in text/social media messages or emails, even if it appears to come from a trusted source.

Go directly to the website through your browser. For example, to reach the MyGov website type ‘my.gov.au’ into your browser yourself.

Never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for personal or financial details, even if they claim to be a from a reputable organisation or government authority - just press delete or hang up.

 Source: Scamwatch

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