We are posting this to inform everyone to be constantly vigilant of fake emails which are trying to obtain your personal information. We cannot emphasise enough the importance of being both aware and sceptical of emails you receive.
A recent example we have seen is an email from myGov prompting you to access your Medicare account through a fake website.
The email will prompt you to update your ‘Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) details’ so that you can receive the Medicare payments and claims.
If you click on the link in the email it will take you to a lookalike website representing myGov.
Indication of the fake website: The URL will be ‘.net’ not ‘.gov.au’
If you put your details in you will be asked to enter your security answer and bank details which will give the scammers access to all your private details.
These emails and web pages are made to look legitimate with Medicare and myGov branding – it is important to be vigilant of the signs.
Ways to reduce the risks of being infected:
- Not to click on any links or attachments in these emails or text messages – myGov will never text you as well as send an email with attachments, hyperlinks or web addresses.
- Delete all odd or suspicious emails right away.
If you suspect you may have clicked on the links accidentally, please turn off your PC immediately and call Chill IT on 1300 726 679.
For more information please subscribe to www.staysmartonline.gov.au to receive regular scam updates.