City Warns Community to Stay Vigilant as COVID-19 Scams Abound

27 March 2020 8:00 PM

The City of Kalamunda is urging residents to be mindful of increased cyber-scam activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City has received reports of scams operating in the community as people take advantage of the spread of coronavirus to exploit the community’s anxiety.

Mayor Margaret Thomas said things to watch out for include scammers falsely selling coronavirus-related products online, and using fake emails or text messages to try and obtain personal data.

“It’s heartbreaking that people are taking advantage of some of our community’s most-vulnerable at this time but anyone can become a victim as scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated,” Cr Thomas said.

“People are reporting receiving phishing emails and phone calls impersonating charities and other not-for-profits, government authorities, and legitimate businesses – including travel agents and telecommunications companies to mine personal and financial data.

“Be cautious, ensure your computer is secure and your data is protected at all times particularly as a large number of workers are now stationed at home and will be for some time.”

For more information and to stay up to date with latest scams visit the Scamwatch website, www.scamwatch.gov.au

If you think you have been scammed, you can report it to Scamwatch and request help.

Also, residents can still contact the Administration Centre on 9257 9999 or via email to enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au.

© City of Kalamunda 2022