UPDATE, Wednesday, 7.30am:
Police are warning south-west residents not to open a link offering a free COVID-19 test kit from what is claiming to be a government agency.
A spokesman said the scam text message says you can order a free COVID-19 test kit because you've been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case.
"It also includes a link where you can order your free kit," he said.
"These scam text messages are impersonating the Australian Government, Medicare and myGov.
"If you click on the link, it will take you to a fake 'Australian Government' website. The website will ask you to 'book now' for a free COVID-19 testing kit.
"You may then see a fake myGov or Medicare website that asks you to provide your personal information. This may include asking for your banking details.
"The scammers use this to steal information and money."
The spokesman said the government only sent text messages to people to remind them to go to appointments, let you know we've paid you, confirming changes to your details or to let you know you've got a new myGov Inbox message.
"We won't include links in text messages," he said.
To learn more go to: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/text-message-scam...
Earlier this month: Southwest Healthcare has issued a scam alert after a number of people received a text message informing them they are a COVID-19 close contact.
The message recipients are instructed to pay $1.40 for a PCR test.
A hospital spokeswoman said it was not an official government message or the official Medicare page.
"This is a scam," she said.
"Please do not give your bank account details to anyone via text message.
"PCR tests are free to all eligible people who are a close contact, and RAT tests are also free to eligible concession card holders.
"If ever in doubt, please pop into the Australian Clinical Labs testing site at 133 Fairy Street and speak with their friendly staff.
"Thanks also to the ACL team for flagging this with us and helping to get the word out," she said.
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