Saturday, August 22, 2020

Beware of COVID style scam

 Beware of COVID style scam. This is phone scam but COVID email, app, and web scam also present which I have shared previously


It goes like this
Scammer: Good morning, According to our system, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 14 days and take a COVID-19 test.

'OK. Can you tell me who that person was?'

Scam : 'I'm not able to tell you that. That is confidential information.

Right. Um... so ....

Scam : But you do need to be tested within the next 72 hours. So can I just get the best mailing address so that we can send a kit to you?'

Ok (gives address)

Scam : Thank you - and I just need to take a payment card so that we can finalize this and send the kit to you.'

Sorry - a payment card? I thought this was all free?' - RED ALART here people

Scam : No - I'm afraid not. There is a one-off fee of $50 for the kit and test results. Could you read off the long card number for me, please, when you're ready.'

No - that's not right

Scam: I'm afraid it is. Can you give me the card number please - this is very important, and there are penalties for not complying.'

You should Put the phone down.

This is how #scammers work. And vulnerable people will fall for it.

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