Double shot Australians are urged to beware of ‘persuasive’ scam messages claiming to contain their vaccine passports – here’s what to do if you receive one
- Thousands of Australians receive scam SMS offering vaccination passports
- Scamwatch has urged anyone who receives the text to delete it immediately
- Anyone who clicks the ‘convincing’ link can steal personal information
Double-dosed Australians are being warned to beware of a ‘persuasive’ text messaging scam that claims to provide access to vaccine passports, but in reality steals your personal information.
Thousands have received the text that appears to come from an official government source claiming that “your digital Covid-19 passport is available.”
The message from sender BeCovidSafe then offers a link to sign up for a vaccine passport, but authorities say it’s a scam and urge anyone who receives the text to delete it immediately.
Double-dosed Australians are warned to beware of a ‘persuasive’ SMS scam offering access to vaccine passports (stock image)
Authorities say the text is a scam and urge anyone who receives the text to delete it immediately
“As Covid-19 restrictions on vaccinated people begin to ease in some parts of Australia, beware of vaccine passport scams,” Scamwatch of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said on Twitter.
These may look convincing, but are a scam designed to steal your personal information. If you receive such a message, just delete it!’
Vaccine passports are widely used in many other parts of the world, giving fully vaccinated residents more freedom to attend venues and public events than those who refuse to get the shot.
A similar concept is expected to eventually be rolled out across Australia once the national vaccination targets of 70 and 80 percent are met.
The New South Wales government is already working on an app that will allow double-dose residents to automatically prove their vaccination status when entering sites using a QR code.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) has thrown his support behind a vaccine passport system
Vaccine passports are widely used in many other parts of the world, giving fully vaccinated residents more freedom to attend venues and public events than those who refuse to get the shot. Pictured: A patient receives the Pfizer vaccination at the Belmore Medical GP in Sydney
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also backed a vaccine passport system in recent days advocating the idea that venues should have the right to refuse unvaccinated Australians.
‘A company under property law has the option to say ‘no, you are not allowed in’, and they can ask for that [proof of vaccination]”That’s a legitimate thing for them to do, and they’re doing it to protect their own employees, to protect their other customers,” Morrison told 2GB.
“It has nothing to do with ideology, and these issues of freedom and so on. We all believe in freedom, but we also believe in people being healthy.
“The fact is, if you’re not vaccinated, you pose a greater public health risk to yourself, your family, your community and others about you, so it’s only wise for people to do sensible things for their public health.”
Australians lost a record $851 million to scammers in 2020, with many online scammers taking advantage of the pandemic and the influx of government posts
But with uncertainty still surrounding how life will turn out in the wake of the pandemic, scammers are cashing in on the confusion.
Australians lost a record $851 million to scammers in 2020, with many online scammers taking advantage of the pandemic and the influx of government posts.
“Unfortunately, scammers are becoming more sophisticated and used the COVID-19 pandemic last year to scam and take advantage of people from all walks of life during this crisis,” Scamwatch said.
Anyone who may have been a victim of a camera can report the incident to: scam watch.