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”.
Yahoo Finance has also received an identical text.
Beware of unexpected job offers that seem too good to be true. Messages like this have been doing the rounds. It's a #scam trying to get your financial or personal details - just block and delete! You can also try reporting these messages as junk to avoid receiving them again. pic.twitter.com/EdAs6salSe
— Scamwatch_gov_au (@Scamwatch_gov) August 25, 2021
“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.
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.
Scam warnings have made headlines recently, as cyber criminal activity escalates amid the pandemic.
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