URGENT WARNING issued over new scam impersonating COVID contact tracers

A warning has been given to citizens by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) about a new scam impersonating government COVID-19 contact tracking officials.

“We’ve detected a possible COVID-19 case near your neighborhood,” the text reads.

“Check the maps to find out the most dangerous places to avoid tomorrow,” it adds, before prompting the user to click on a URL.

Scamwatch, the consumer watchdog, released the warning on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.

“Beware of the latest COVID-19 themed government impersonation scam,” it wrote.

“If you receive this text, don’t click the link, just delete it.”

Using information collected from official websites, anyone who is uncertain whether a text is legitimate is advised to contact the appropriate agency.

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