People are being urged to be on the lookout for a convincing Medicare scam currently doing the rounds.
Police issued the warning on Friday, revealing scammers have “produced fake SMS text messages pretending to be from Medicare.”
It’s understood the phishing messages encourage victims to click through to a website and provide personal information to claim a rebate.
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“These fake messages are being sent out in large numbers and are trying to steal your sensitive personal details and use them for malicious purposes,” police said.
They’ve provided some simple steps to avoid getting scammed:
- Do not click on links in emails or text messages claiming to be from myGov or Medicare. myGov will never send you a text, email or attachment with hyperlinks or web addresses.
- Don’t open messages if you don’t know the sender, or if you’re not expecting them.
- Be suspicious of messages that aren’t addressed directly to you, or don’t use your correct name.
- Login to your official myGov account by typing the web address my.gov.au into your browser to check your inbox for any legitimate emails from Medicare. Check that https:// appears at the beginning of the address bar when you land on the site.
- You can also contact Medicare separately to check if they have sent the message.
If you are concerned that your personal information has been compromised and misused, you can contact Australia’s National Identity and Cyber Support Service, IDCare or use their free Cyber First Aid Kit.
If you have been a victim of a cybercrime such as fraud, report it to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).