Australians are warned of scammers that are distributing misinformation about cures for coronavirus.
ACCC’s Scamwatch says the message is clear – do not buy products that claim to cure or prevent COVID-19 because “they simply don’t exist”.
“We’ve had a wide variety of scams reported to us, including fake online stores selling products claiming to be a vaccine or cure for coronavirus, and stores selling products such as face masks and not providing the goods.”
Since the beginning of the year, the ACCC’s Scamwatch has received almost 100 reports of scams about coronavirus, but says figures are starting to climb.
An ACCC spokesperson said scams reported to Scamwatch include a [now removed] website that advertised a coronavirus vaccine which claimed to be from an Australian medical university.
“Scammers are impersonating official organisations such as the World Health Organisation and the Department of Health or legitimate businesses such as travel agents and telecommunications companies,” Ms Rickard said.
“Understandably, people want information on the pandemic, but they should be wary of emails or text messages claiming to be from experts.
“For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus, visit the Department of Health and the World Health Organisation websites directly.”
Other scam reports include websites and social media ads that claim to sell at home test kits for the Coronavirus, expensive medical face masks, long life survival food and expensive hand sanitiser.
Scamwatch says that if you think you are being scammed contact your bank or financial institution immediately.
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