How Qlders can stop COVID-19 scammers

Queenslanders have been warned scammers are out in force trying to profit off the COVID-19 health crisis which has swept the country, and the world.

RACQ Bank spokesperson Lucinda Ross said residents had been targeted by phishing emails and texts with malicious links.

“It’s really saddening to see scammers attacking Queenslanders while they’re already under so much pressure,” Ms Ross said. 

“We’ve heard reports of emails claiming to be from the World Health Organisation (WHO) or charities asking for money or advising people they need to follow a link to find out if they’ve had potential contact with a confirmed case.

“This results in malicious software being placed on your phone or computer, or you handing over money to an undeserving source.”

Ms Ross said scammers were also preying on those concerned about the ongoing economic challenges.

“It’s more important now than ever that Queenslanders refuse to take up offers that simply seem too good to be true,” she said. 

“Anyone offering to double your money or offer a ‘safer’ place for your money than your bank is simply a scammer. They’re also attempting to sell toilet paper, masks or hand sanitiser.

“Don’t click on links, send money to or engage with offers or companies that don’t feel right. Trust your gut and keep yourself and your finances safe.”