Have you received a text message that looks like this?
Scammers are sending SMS messages pretending to be from Medicare, telling people they are owed a rebate of over $200. The text is encouraging people to click a link to a website and share their personal details.
The Department of Human Services is working closely with the Australian Cyber Security Centre to have the malicious website removed as quickly as possible.
If you’ve received an SMS like this, please do not click on the link or respond to the sender. You should report it to scamwatch.gov.au and delete the message.
If you’ve received this text and you’ve provided personal details, you should contact our Scams and Identity Theft Helpdesk on 1800 941 126.
If you receive an email or a text message claiming to come from us, make sure it’s not a scam.
The Department of Human Services does not include links in our text messages.
We do not ask people to:
- send personal information by email, SMS or social media,
- transfer money or purchase gift cards or vouchers, such as iTunes cards, to receive a payment or service,
- provide passwords or Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) to bank accounts,
- click on links or download files from the internet or email attachments, or
- pay a fee to receive a payment or service.
For more information about scams and how to avoid them, please visit humanservices.gov.au/scams