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‘$500 a day’: Beware this job offer promising $30k a month

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If you got a text about this too-good-to-be-true job offer, block and delete it. (Source: Getty, Yahoo Finance screenshot)

The national scam reporting agency has warned Australians not to fall for random text messages that promise “part-time” and “easy” jobs that pay “at least” $500 a day.

In a tweet, Scamwatch warned that the job offer, which comes in the form of a text from an unrecognised number or email, is a scam.

“Beware of unexpected job offers that seem too good to be true,” Scamwatch stated, adding that messages like this were “doing the rounds”.

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“It's a scam trying to get your financial or personal details,” Scamwatch said.

If you’ve received a message like this, you should block then delete it, the agency said.

Aussies also have the option to block the sender from their phone and banish it as junk to avoid receiving more messages.

Several Australians have already replied to ScamWatch to say they received the exact same text.

“I got this yesterday and Whatsapped the number and they tried to enroll me into a financial program. I blocked/deleted,” said one Twitter user.

Another said they tried to text back but “got nothing”.

Scamwatch is now issuing alerts through Tweets nearly daily to warn Australians about the latest scams that have come to the agency’s attention.

Noting that it was National Dog Day yesterday, the agency warned against scammers who were preying on people looking to adopt pets.

“We all love the company of a furry friend, and unfortunately scammers continue to capitalise on the demand for cute companions,” Scamwatch said.

“Never buy a pet online without meeting them in person first, and check the breeders association register to avoid a #scam.”

Scam warnings have made headlines recently, as cyber criminal activity escalates amid the pandemic.

Australians are also copping more and more losses from scams with $70 million lost to investment scams alone, already eclipsing all of the losses from 2020.

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