The Federal Government has recently released an alert about a sophisticated and well-designed scam aimed at obtaining banking details from unsuspecting taxpayers.
The alert serves as a timely reminder for you to remain vigilant when sharing sensitive information online or via email.
The scam in question follows the below pattern:
- A phishing email claiming to be from Medicare asks you to update your EFT details to allow you to receive Medicare claims
- Clicking the link within the email directs you to a replica Medicare website, including myGov and Medicare branding. Note the URL includes ‘.net’ instead of ‘.gov.au’. Australian Government domains always include the latter
- Targets are then required to enter their login details and security questions and answers
- You are then taken to a new page where you are asked to input your bank account details.
The Government has issued the following reminders regarding cyber safety:
- myGov and Medicare will never send you a text, email or attachment with hyperlinks or web addresses
- exercise caution in opening unexpected messages, especially from unknown senders
- be wary of suspicious messages that aren’t addressed to you directly
- any legitimate messages from Medicare will appear on your official myGov account, which can be accessed by typing the web address into your browser
- if in doubt contact the organisation separately to confirm the message is legitimate.
You are welcome to check-in with our office if you believe you’re in receipt of suspicious correspondence claiming to be from the ATO or any related department.
Refer to Stay Smart Online for Government alerts.