Scamwatch warns Australians amid reports of myGov scams spike
Australians have been warned to look out for scammers pretending to be from myGov following a sharp increase in reported cases.
Scamwatch tweeted that reports of myGov scams were up 160 per cent in January compared with December 2022.
It posted examples of the scam, in both email and text format, in which the consumer was told they were owed a sum of money.
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One consumer was sent an email saying they were “eligible to receive a sum of 198.92 AUD” from myGov.
“To submit the application electronically please fill out the form. Once completed you will be asked to confirm that the information in the document is correct,” the email read.
A link to the form was included at the bottom of the email. The consumer was informed their refund would not be processed unless they confirmed their identity.
In a text version of the scam a consumer was told: “We attempted to deposit your refund but we had issue(sic) with your banking information.”
The consumer was then asked to confirm their banking information via a link provided.
The Australian ComPetition and Consumer Commission told 7NEWS.com.au the intent behind these scams was to “harvest login credentials to facilitate identity takeover and commit fraud”.
“They may also use the fake login page to gain more personal identifying information such as financial details or get the victim to complete a form,” an ACCC spokesperson said.
“They may suggest a problem with your account, a tax refund or grant is available.”
The spokesperson said legitimate messages from myGov will only ever appear in the consumer’s official myGov inbox.
They urged Australians to never access myGov via a hyperlink and to only access the site via an independent internet search.
“Never share your myGov login details with anyone,” they said.
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