The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has advised through the Scam Watch website that there are dozens of reports of scam activity relating to COVID-19. “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.”
There is no known vaccine or cure for coronavirus and a vaccine isn’t expected to be available for 18 months. Do not buy any products that claim to prevent or cure you of COVID-19.
Scammers are impersonating official organisations such as the World Health Organization and the Department of Health or legitimate businesses such as travel agents and telecommunications companies.
If you think you have been scammed, contact your bank or financial institution immediately. You should also contact Scamwatch through their website www.scamwatch.gov.au.
More information on coronavirus scams is available on the Scamwatch website including information on where to get help.