The federal government’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has reported a significant increase in Australians being targeted with COVID-19 themed scams, fraud attempts and deceptive email schemes. In order to keep you informed, we wanted to bring your attention to some of the scams that are causing harm to Australians.
COVID-19 themed scams
The following points were raised in ACSC recent communications:
A recent update from the ACSC highlighted an increase in sophisticated phishing campaigns (email scams designed to steal your personal information) with COVID-19 related messages. Cybercriminals are timing malicious activities within days – sometimes even within hours – of government announcements such as relief payments or public health guidance.
By visiting fake websites or clicking on a malicious link, you can inadvertently install computer viruses or malware onto your device or computer. This may allow cybercriminals to access your financial and personal information.
There has also been an increase in malicious activities targeting people working from home. Read more including tips to protect yourself at home on ASCS’ website
Resources and advice
As always, the advice from ACSC is to be aware, be cautious clicking on links in emails and text messages. Look for errors, typing or grammar mistakes, unusual sender addresses and odd urls. Read the full advice and access up to date information on COVID-19 related scams and online security issues, including case studies and tips on how to protect yourself on ACSC’s website.
You may also find it useful to be updated with the government’s Stay Smart Online alerts.