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.
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.
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.
"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."
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