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Alert: Beware of fake SMS messages pretending to be from Medicare

Watch out for fake SMS text messages pretending to be from Medicare. These are phishing messages that encourage you to click through to a website and provide personal information to claim a rebate.

 

These fake messages are being sent out in large numbers and are trying to steal your sensitive personal details and use them for malicious purposes.

 

Anyone could receive these SMS messages.

 

SMS continues to be a popular method for criminals hoping to trick you into handing over your money or personal information.

 

There are 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 my.gov.au into your browser to check your inbox for any legitimate emails from Medicare. Check that https:// appears at the beginning of the address bar when you land on the site.
  • You can also contact Medicare separately to check if they have sent the message.