Scammers and fraudsters are currently attempting to exploit people’s concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19) through phishing campaigns.
According to cyber.gov.au there is a significant increase in scam text messages (SMS) and emails pretending to be real (phishing) targeting Australians. These phishing SMS and emails are used by cyber-criminals and imitate trusted and well-known organisations or government agencies looking to steal your personal and financial information. If you think it’s suspicious, please ignore and delete the message when you get it.
The cyber.gov.au website has a number of examples you can view to be aware of these scams. Including:
- SMS phishing scam messages offering where to get tested for COVID-19 or how to protect yourself
- COVID-19 phishing email impersonating Australia Post to steal personal information
- Phishing emails pretending to be an international health sector organisation
For full details see the cyber.gov.au website.