Australian government website Scamwatch has reported that since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 3,000 scam reports have been submitted resulting in $1,371,000 in losses.
Common scams include phishing for personal information, online shopping and superannuation.
With the pandemic changing the way we shop, access finances and access super, it is important we are a little more vigilant online. If something doesn’t look right, Seek clarification for another source.
We ran a story a few days ago about people buying puppies for companionship during COVID-19 and losing their money and not receiving a puppy. This scam alone is estimated to have cost Australians over $300,000. (see that article here)
There are other scams where scammers are looking to take advantage of the relaxed superannuation rules. Scammers are cold-calling people claiming to be from an organisation that can help you release your super early.
The ATO is coordinating the early release of super through their MyGov website, there is no need to involve anyone else.
Then you have online shopping scams including fake PayPal emails and bogus shopping websites. Make sure you always double check credibility when make a purchase with a new source.
If you think you have been a target of a scammer, you can make a report here.
If you would like a once over on your computer or laptop, please contact Ballan Computers here