Federal Macquarie MP Susan Templeman has warned Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains residents to beware of scammers playing on fears around coronavirus.
A statement from Scamwatch said dozens of reports of scams about coronavirus had been received since January and figures were starting to climb.
Ms Templeman said that some of these scams are sent via email or text claiming to be providing official information on COVID-19, but they are really just attempts to obtain personal data.
"Others contain misinformation about supposed 'cures' for coronavirus, or investments claims that the virus presents an opportunity to make money," said Ms Templeman
"I can't emphasize enough how important it is to stick to trusted sources. Health.gov.au is the official Australia Government source for coronavirus information, and NSW Health can also provide more localised information.
"There is no known cure for coronavirus, and a vaccine isn't expected to be available for 12 to 18 months.
"If you suspect you have been scammed, please contact your bank immediately.
"For up-to-date and accurate information on scams, visit the Scamwatch website. This includes information on how to report scams, as well as where to get help."
Visit Scamwatch at www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/covid-19-coronavirus-scams
For trusted, up-to-date information on COVID-19 visit:
- Australian Government Department of Health https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
- NSW Health https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx