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Since August 2021, many Australians have been getting scam text messages about tracking a delivery, missed calls or voicemails, along with a link to download some software. If you receive one of these messages, do not click or tap on the link. Delete the message immediately.
Australians reported a record-breaking $37 million lost to Scamwatch last year for dating and romance scams. Total losses are expected to be much higher and scammers are now using dating apps to lure victims into investment scams.
Australians are set to lose a record amount to scams in 2019, with projections from losses reported to Scamwatch and other government agencies so far expected to exceed $532 million by the end of the year, surpassing half a billion dollars for the first time.
… text messages … Scamwatch is warning members of the public about a spate of text messages asking for … phone numbers not in your mobile contacts. For example, the text message might read, ‘Please call me back right away. … is an Emergency I need your help!’ People who have called the number back report being verbally abused by a recording …

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