Coronavirus scams: Fake email claims Aussies have been fined for leaving the house

The email masquerades as being sent from an official My Gov account and tells the recipient that a fine of $10 has been added to their account.

Coronavirus scams: Fake email claims Aussies have been fined for leaving the house

Australia's consumer watchdog is warning residents to be on alert for a hoax email that claims to record fines for leaving the house on their myGov account.

The email, titled "COVIDSafe ALERT", masquerades as being sent from an official My Gov account and tells the recipient that a fine of $10 has been added to their account.

It also claims that via the COVIDSafe app, the government has tracked users leaving their home on three separate occasions.

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Scamwatch, a website run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), today warned Australians to ignore any email of that kind.

"Don't be fooled by this COVIDSafe ALERT email impersonating myGov," Scamwatch warned on Twitter.

"Don't click on the links, just delete the email."

The scam comes just days after a hoax text message was circulating, claiming to have "detected" that a user has travelled more than 20 kilometres from a "nominated home address".

"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, 3.31 million people have downloaded the COVIDSafe app, far exceeding expectations.

Scamwatch has reported receiving over a thousand coronavirus-related scam reports since the outbreak began.

"Scamwatch urges everyone to be cautious and remain alert to coronavirus-related scams. Scammers are hoping that you have let your guard down," the government agency warns.

A hoax message 'from COVIDSafe app' claims to track users, after concerns about privacy were raised.

"Do not provide your personal, banking or superannuation details to strangers who have approached you.

"Scammers may pretend to have a connection with you. So it's important to stop and check, even when you are approached by what you think is a trusted organisation."

For breaking news alerts and livestreams straight to your smartphone sign up to the and set notifications to on at the or

You can also get up-to-date information from the Federal Government's Coronavirus Australia app, available on the , and the .

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Fundraising hero Captain Tom Moore's 100th birthday flypast, after special promotion

A British World War Two veteran who has raised $56 million for the UK's National Health Service has been promoted to honorary colonel on his 100th birthday.

Fundraising hero Captain Tom Moore's 100th birthday flypast, after special promotion

A British World War Two veteran who has raised $56 million for the UK's National Health Service has been promoted to honorary colonel on his 100th birthday.

Captain Thomas Moore made headlines around the world when he started a campaign to support British healthcare workers by walking 100 laps of his garden.

He was also given an special flypast by the RAF today, which he watched with his daughter.

His feat prompted a flood of donations in what has now become the largest individual fundraiser in the United Kingdom's history.

The centenarian was presented with a letter containing the offer, made by The Queen, by the commanding officer of his WWII battalion, who visited him at his home in Bedfordshire on Wednesday. The Queen also sent him a personal card.

'Captain Tom', as he has affectionately come to be known, described the new role as "one of the greatest honours anyone could get".

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Miller also presented the veteran with a replacement Second World War Defence Medal ahead of next week's VE Day celebrations and a Yorkshire Regiment medal.

Mr Moore starting walking laps as part of a humble fundraiser for the NHS, hoping to raise 1000 pounds by his 100th birthday, but surprised himself by generating millions of pounds.

As his fundraising efforts hit the headlines, the Ministry of Defence Medal Office realised that the veteran was missing a medal that he should have received at end of WW2 - the Defence Medal 1939-1945.

The veteran, who was born in Keighley, served with the 8th Battalion The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment, which is now part of The Yorkshire Regiment.

In the lead up to his 100th birthday, Mr Moore described it as "extraordinary" that he was turning 100, and "even more extraordinary that I am doing so with this many well-wishers".

His thousands of birthday cards pack the local school hall.

"I am in awe at the response my walking has had. To everyone who has donated, sent birthday cards and messages, sincerely thank you," he posted on Twitter.

With Associated Press.

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