Scammers have pocketed thousands of dollars by preying on vulnerable Australians already financially damaged by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and a slew of major banks have identified scamming activity relating to COVID-19 payments provided by both state and federal governments.
Some cases have involved scammers pretending to be the government and asking for financial details under the guise of providing someone a COVID-19 disaster relief payment.
In some instances, these shams have been targeting people on welfare payments seeking increased support and workers out of a job due to lockdowns.
According to the ACCC, 69 cases of COVID-19 payments have already been recorded and in four cases, more than $37,000 was stolen.
Commonwealth Bank has also recorded an uptick in scamming activity during the nation’s third COVID-19 wave, with scams occurring via phone calls and online.
The major bank confirmed it had…