Beware of myGov scammers

Scam alert: Watch out for fake Medicare emails asking you to update your bank details so you can start receiving payments for Medicare benefits.

Scam alert: Watch out for fake Medicare emails asking you to update your bank details so you can start receiving payments for Medicare benefits.

Authorities have issued a warning about scammers who have set up a clone of the myGov website to trick people into sharing your login and bank account details.

The scam starts with a phishing email that looks like it is from Medicare, asking you to update your Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) details, so you can start receiving payments for Medicare benefits and claims.

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!

Authorities issued a warning last week via the Stay Smart Online website.

"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," the warning reads online.

To avoid an email scam authorities advise: 

  • 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.