Warning after cruel scammers target Australians hit the hardest by the coronavirus pandemic
- Australians have been warned to be cautious when receiving a myGov email
- Scammers are posing as government organisations to con people out of money
- Watchdog has warned residents to look for bad grammar when receiving mail
Hard-up Australians are being targeted by scammers posing as government organisations, it has been revealed.
Residents have been warned to be cautious when receiving a myGov email, where Australians can access services such as Centrelink and the tax office, as it could be a scam.
The email asks people to ‘please signing in’ to the website. Authorities say the bad grammar is a sign that it isn’t from Services Australia.
Hundreds line up outside Centrelink on March 23 in Melbourne after losing employment due to the pandemic. Scammers are targeting those who have been worst hit by the pandemic
Australians have been warned to be cautious when receiving an email claiming to be from myGov as it could be a scam
Scamwatch has received over 3,600 scam reports mentioning COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic
‘Beware of the latest COVID-19 relief scam,’ Scamwatch tweeted.
‘Be careful with links in messages, and always check whether a government website is the real deal – incorrect spelling and grammar or the wrong logo are clues that the website is a fake.’
Scamwatch has received over 3,600 scam reports mentioning COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SCAMS
- Don’t click on hyperlinks
- Go to the website through your web browser. For example, to reach the MyGov website type ‘my.gov.au’ into your browser yourself
- Never responded to unsolicited messages or calls that ask for personal details
‘Scammers are pretending to be government agencies providing information on COVID-19 through text messages and emails ‘phishing’ for your information,’ the organisation revealed on Tuesday.
‘These contain malicious links and attachments designed to steal your personal and financial information.
‘Scammers are also pretending to be Government agencies and other entities offering to help you with applications for financial assistance or payments for staying home.’
Services Australia General Manager Hank Jongen said in a podcast on July 16 that it is easy to click on the wrong link.
‘It’s important to know there are services out there to help you if you fall victim to a scam,’ Mr Jongen said.
‘I know it can be embarrassing to admit you’ve been scammed, but it’s so important to let Scamwatch know to help protect others from being taken advantage of.
‘The Scamwatch page, at scamwatch.gov.au, is an interesting read and I encourage everyone to spend a few minutes becoming familiar with what common scams are happening in Australia right now.’
Services Australia General Manager Hank Jongen said in a podcast on July 16 that it is easy to click on the wrong link. Pictured: People getting tested for COVID-19 on July 30 in Sydney