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Smart Traveller and Scamwatch are warning Australians abroad about scammers who are impersonating officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and offering flights back to the country.

Smart Traveller issued an alert about the flight scam and said scammers were requesting credit card information.

“DFAT will never request payment over the phone,” Smart Traveller said on its website.

“If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from DFAT seeking payment for one of these flights, please hang up.”

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Scamwatch has reiterated the warning on its Twitter page.

“Watch out for scammers claiming to be from DFAT offering flights to Aussies stranded overseas due to #COVID19,” Scamwatch said.

The real DFAT is arranging commercial Qantas flights to get overseas Australians back to the country.

Vulnerable Australians will be contacted to have priority access on the flights, Smart Traveller stated.

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