SCAMMERS are using the COVID-19 outbreak to impersonate government agencies and financial services, stealing over $14 million last month.
The highest amount of financial losses recorded in March, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Scamwatch recorded over 11,000 scams as people are forced to remain home.
While there has been a surge in scammers posing as government agencies, supermarkets, and banks, the more serious scams were financial scams which attempt to persuade people to access their superannuation.
ACCC’s Deputy Chair Delia Richards said the influx was due to the recent announcement of the government’s plan to allow people to access their superannuation.
“Scammers are cold-calling people claiming to be from organisations that can help you get early access to your super,” she said.
“For most people, outside of their home, superannuation is their greatest asset and you can’t be too careful about protecting it.”
Go to www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/current-covid-19-coronavirus-scams#how-scammers-contact-you or contact the relevant authorities if affected.