NSW Health has raised the alarm over COVID-19 scam messages confirming positive test results.
In a warning on Facebook, NSW Health said the text messages are also asking for donations.
“If you test positive for COVID-19 you will get a phone call from NSW Health as a priority and told what to do next. You might be contacted from a private number so please pick up private calls when waiting to hear back about test results,” NSW Health said.
NSW Health will not text people to confirm positive test results.
Another scam text currently doing the rounds is supposedly from BreastScreen NSW and asks for “donations”.
However, NSW Health said BreastScreen NSW will not ask for donations over text.
“If you think you have received a scam text, please report it online at www.crimestoppers.com.au or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (24/7),” NSW Health said.
“Always use reliable and trusted sources of information on COVID-19 including the NSW Government and NSW Health websites or by following us on social media.”
Shocked Australians described the scam as the “lowest of the low”.
“Times like these always bring out the best and WORST of people,” one person said.
“People will do anything for money. They did the same thing last year when the bush fires were on. People have no respect.” added another.
The Australian Government’s Scamwatch monitor has received more than 5,170 reports of scams mentioning coronavirus this year, with Australians losing a huge $6.28 million to the scams.
“Scamwatch urges everyone to be cautious and remain alert to coronavirus-related scams. Scammers are hoping that you have let your guard down. Do not provide your personal, banking or superannuation details to strangers who have approached you,” Scamwatch said.
It said phishing scams, where scammers pose as trusted organisations like the ATO or Government, were among the most common scams.
One scam saw victims sent an email which impersonated the Department of Health and told victims to follow a link to find out if they needed testing.
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