Warning over myGov 'income return' message

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Aussies are being warned over a new myGov text message scam. Here’s what to watch out for. (Source: myGov/Facebook)

Aussies are being warned over a new scam text message pretending to be sent from myGov.

One Aussie man has taken to Facebook to share the text message and is warning other myGov users to not fall for the “income return” scam.

The text message reads: “myGov: Your income return of $1800.34 could not be processed due to insufficient information supplied please update immediately at [LINK]”.

“This is another SCAM doing the rounds, please don’t fall for it,” the man wrote.

“The obvious giveaway is it came from a mobile phone number. MyGov will never send you something from a mobile number. Please remember this.”

The new scam is a type of “phishing” scam, where scammers try to trick people into giving out their personal information, including bank or credit card details.

myGov said it would never send emails or SMS messages with a hyperlink asking you to sign in to your myGov account.

“Always access myGov by typing in the web address yourself,” myGov said on its website.

If you receive a suspicious message, myGov has said to not reply and to not open any links, or download any attachments.

You can report the scam on the Scamwatch website.

Scams are rife

This is the latest myGov scam doing the rounds. Recently, Aussies also reported scam emails purporting to offer them a payment or rebate and asking them to update their payment details.

Scammers have also been carrying out ‘spoofing’ attacks. This is where scammers copy a legitimate company’s information. Messages may appear to be from a legitimate contact or appear in the same thread as previous legitimate messages.

According to Scamwatch, Aussies have lost $5.6 million to phishing scams this year alone, with the majority of attacks coming via text messages.

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