SCAM WARNING – Do not reply, delete immediately
During a time such as COVID-19 many scammers see an opportunity to target people who may already be afraid or unsure. Here are a few examples that will give you a better understanding of the types of scams and how scammers are targeting people through both email and SMS.
Several emails are circulating with malicious attachments claiming that the recipient is eligible for a ‘working from home payment’, these are scam emails trying to get you to download malicious software. Other emails are asking for your personal information such as drivers licence and Medicare card. Many of these either try and impersonate the Government or a third party. Note you should never give personal information unless you are sure who you are dealing with.
There has been reports of different SMS scams circulating in Australia that are pretending to be from the Government and trying to get you to click malicious links and give out your personal and financial details.
Scammers have also started to target Australians financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, cold calling people claiming to be from organisations that can help you get early access to your superannuation. These scams are following from the Government’s announcement about early access superannuation. The ATO is coordinating the early release of super through myGov, there is no need to involve a third party or pay a fee to access this scheme.
If you receive a message from the ATO asking for your personal information, you can call them on 1800 008 540 to make sure it’s legitimate. If you think it’s fraudulent, report it by email to email@example.com.