Every year, thousands of Australians are targeted by scams, whether it be online, via phone, mail or even in person.
Australian Community Media has compiled a list of current scams identified on sites such as scamwatch.gov.au, www.cyber.gov.au and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's website dedicated to informing people about fraudulent and dishonest activities:
COVID-19 Vaccination scams
- Scamwatch is warning Australians of scams relating to COVID-19 vaccinations.
- The organisation is warning people not to give personal information to someone who calls about the vaccine.
- Don't pay to get on a vaccination list - COVID-19 vaccines will be free for everyone living in Australia.
- Don't pay for early access to a vaccine - you can't pay for early access.
- You will not need a prescription from a GP to get vaccinated.
- Scammers may try to obtain your personal information by claiming it is required for you to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Scamwatch warns that If you are asked for any of these by someone claiming to provide COVID-19 vaccines, it is a scam.
- Other vaccine scams that Scamwatch is aware of include offers to pay money as an investment opportunity in the Pfizer vaccine and fake surveys related to the vaccine.
- These surveys offer a prize or even early access to the vaccine for their completion. In reality, the surveys are after your personal or financial information.
- Scams will target sellers with an offer to purchase the vehicle, often without inspecting it. Scammer will offer to pay via PayPal and claims to live interstate. They will claim they need to organise freight transport for the vehicle. The will then claim an issue with paying the freight company so instead offer to pay you more and ask you to pay the freight cost into a western union account.
- The buyer then sends fake PayPal receipts showing the extra funds. The seller is scammed after they have paid the funds into the account and then finds out that the original payment into PayPal was fake.