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Australians are being warned to watch out for COVID-19 scams as the country starts its vaccination rollout.
Fake vaccine scam have already cost victims millions of dollars overseas – and now cybersecurity experts fear fraudsters will pounce on vulnerable Aussies.
Watch the video above for tips on avoiding scams
A scam email sent in the United Kingdom include a link to “register” for the vaccine, when no registration for the real vaccination is required.
The fake site also asks for bank details to either verify identification or to make a payment.
This is despite the vaccine being free.
Other online criminals have sent fraudulent text messages claiming to be from a government authority, offering people priority access to a vaccine for a fee.
With Australia’s vaccination rollout starting on Monday, cyber security expert Michael Connory told The Morning Show that Australians should be “suspicious” of any texts or emails about the vaccine, particular if they’re asking for payment.
The federal government has stated that the coronavirus vaccine will be free for everyone in Australia.
Gavin Levinsohn from Eftsure says that you should never give out personal details to organisations or people before verifying their credentials first, even if the message appears to be genuine.
“Always independently try and verify details of the sender,” he said.
“Use Google, find a phone number for that organisation and call them up – it’s that simple.”
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