Look out for COVID-19 Scams
17 MARCH 2020
In times of heightened fear and anxiety, there are some people who take advantage of the situation through scams. Sadly, this is true today, with an increasing amount of fake activity around COVID-19, including phishing emails, text messages, phone calls and social media activity (news, malicious links etc.) requesting personal and financial information. While these messages do not currently impersonate ANZ, it is possible that these could change over the coming days and weeks.
As just one example, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)’s Scamwatch has received multiple reports of COVID-19 themed scam texts being sent to members of the public.
The text messages appear to come from ‘GOV’ as the sender and they include a link to find out when to ‘get tested in your geographical area’ for COVID-19.
In the below example, an illegitimate link has been included in the text message, and if clicked may install malicious software on your device, that has been designed to steal your banking details.
If you receive one of these messages, do not click the link and delete the message immediately.
If you’ve received and responded to a message that you now believe is a scam, have shared your banking details, or you’re concerned your personal details have been compromised, contact ANZ immediately.
You can also report scams at Scamwatch.
For more information on how to protect yourself online, please visit the ANZ Security Centre.
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