A Fake Medicare Email Is Doing The Rounds

Jul 5, 2018


The Australian Government is warning people about a fake myGov website designed to trick you into sharing bank account details.

Victims of the scam receive an email that looks like it is from Medicare, asking you to update your Electronic Funds Transfer details, so you can start receiving payments from Medicare.

According to staysmaronline.gov.au:

“If you click on the link in the email you are taken a replica of the real myGov website. You’ll note the URL includes ‘.net’ instead of ‘.gov.au’, which is an indication the website is not a legitimate Australian Government domain!”

“If you input your login details you are directed to also enter your secret security question and answer, before you’re taken to the fake Medicare website to input your bank account details.”

Some simple steps you can take to avoid an email scam:

- 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 into your browser, to check your inbox for any legitimate emails from Medicare.

- You can also contact the organisation separately to check if they have sent the message.