A fake email is circulating claiming to be from the ‘Australian Government Department of Human Services’ and states that the recipient has qualified for a ‘2015 subsidy benefit’.The email asks the recipient to reply to the message with their last name, first name, date of birth, tax file number and full address. It also requests the recipient to submit ‘two of six items of information’, including:
- One dividend statement from the past two years
- One notice of assessment from the past five years
- One PAYG summary from the past two years
- Details of one superannuation account from the past five years
- One Centrelink payment summary from the past two years
- Bank account details that the recipient’s income tax was paid into for the last financial year, or an interest bearing account from the past two years
You should not provide any of this information. Scammers use it to steal your identity or take money from your bank accounts.
The Department of Human Services advises that it will never ask people to transfer money or provide passwords or PIN numbers to bank accounts.
If you have any queries please call Seniors Information Victoria on 1300 13 50 90.