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Hoax text ‘from COVIDSafe app’ claims to track users

By September 30, 2020 2 Comments
A hoax text message claiming to come from the government’s newly launched coronavirus app is circulating online.
Yesterday the COVIDSafe app was unveiled to help track cases of the virus in Australia and prevent community transmission.
A hoax message 'from COVIDSafe app' claims to track users, after concerns about privacy were raised.
A hoax message ‘from COVIDSafe app’ claims to track users, after concerns about privacy were raised.(Supplied)
“The COVIDSafe app has detected you are now +20km from your nominated home address. Please register your reason for travel by calling 1300 1MY GOV within 15 minutes of receiving this SMS,” the message reads.
The Australian Federal Police will investigate the hoax.
Since it launched yesterday, almost two million people have downloaded the COVIDSafe app, far exceeding expectations.
The Australian Government’s new voluntary coronavirus tracing app ‘COVIDSafe’ is seen on a mobile phone.(AAP Image/Scott Barbour)
The app is designed to help health officials identify people who have come into contact with somebody infected with the disease.
The voluntary app became available for download on Sunday evening and has the backing of doctors, nurses, businesses, bankers and travel agents.
Health Minister Greg Hunt was thrilled with the uptake.
Having initially expected the figure might hit one million within five days, it got to the mark in five hours, he said.
The figure rose to 1.89 million by Monday afternoon.
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