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Every year, thousands of Australians are targeted by scams, whether it be online, via phone, mail or even in person. Australian Community Media has compiled a list of current scams identified on sites such as scamwatch.gov.au, www.cyber.gov.au and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s website dedicated to informing people about fraudulent and dishonest activities. Also in the news: Scammers are impersonating the Australian Tax Office and sending text messages saying “you are due to receive an ATO refund of $3742.11AUD” and includes a link to a website. The ATO never send texts or emails with links to log on directly to online services. If you receive this message, delete it. READ MORE ABOUT SHIPPING CONTAINER SCAMS HERE Puppy scams still rampant Read more about scam losses in 2020 here. Scamwatch has received reports of scams relating to COVID-19 vaccines including those that request payment for vaccines or for early access to vaccines; offers to mail vaccines; offers to pay money as an investment opportunity in the Pfizer vaccine and; fake surveys related to vaccines that offer prizes or early access. To avoid a vaccination scam: If you are asked for any of these by someone claiming to provide COVID-19 vaccines, it is a scam. Be careful when you get unexpected contact or messages – remember, scammers can impersonate the government too. Always source phone numbers independently from official government websites. Australian businesses reported…

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