16 Jan Testing Times: RAT Scam threat.
Where there is an opportunity for scammers to take advantage of, you can bet there will be a scammer there doing so.
The latest threat facing users in Australia is the RAT scam.
With Rapid antigen test kits in short supply around Victoria, scammers are promising to fulfil stock orders.
Over the last 2 years, the ACCC has received over 6,400 COVID-Related complaints with a figure of $9.8million in losses.
Now that paid testing is the preferred and simple way for people to test for COVID-19, shortages have hit the state hard.
Many of the local buy swap & sell groups have been inundated with users asking for anyone with spare RAT tests to speak up as stock in almost impossible to get.
Scammers are taking advantage of the shortage by offering users a spot in a bulk buy purchase, so long as they pay in advance.
You can see where this is going… You pay for your RAT, the scammer takes your money and you never receive the test.
Our advice if you need to buy a RAT test is to buy it from a reputable supplier. While stock is currently limited, the supply should soon be boosted soon.
Be careful when you buy anything online.