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Warning over scammers posing as Defence Force

Jessica Yun
·2-min read
Man holding smartphone. Scam Alert
Don't fall for this scam. (Source: Getty)

Australians have been warned to watch out for online impersonations of Australian Defence Force personnel.

In a post on Twitter, Scamwatch issued the warning that included a list of fake websites that online scammers were using to pose as the Defence Force.

“Scamwatch has received numerous reports of scammers pretending to be part of the Australian Defence Force when selling items online,” Scamwatch stated.

“If you receive contact from these email addresses, just delete the message – it’s a scam.”

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Yahoo Finance has reached out to Scamwatch, the Australian Cyber Security Centre and the Department of Defence for comment.

The latest warning comes amid mounting concerns over increasing COVID-related scams, hack attacks, and other impersonations of government agencies, such as the Australian Taxation Office.

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Parliament House was this morning put on high alert after an IT system issue forced a shut-down of the department of parliamentary services’ email network over the weekend.

The issue has been linked to an external provider, said Assistant Defence Minister Andrew Hastie, and the connection to government systems was severed as an act of precaution.

The vaccine roll-out in Australia has also been exploited by malicious actors online who are preying on vulnerable people by pretending they need to pay for vaccines.

Governments and health departments have been forced to issue information warning people against these scams and reminding Australians that the vaccines are free.

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