Australians are the target of a new email scam claiming they’re due a myGov refund – here are the telltale signs to watch out for
- Australians warned to beware of new email scam pretending to be from myGov
- Scammers sent fake messages saying recipients can access a $738.98 refund
- The email appears legitimate at first glance, but several red flags are raised on a closer look
Australians have been warned to beware of a new scam email pretending to be from myGov and offering bogus refunds.
Scammers have already sent the fraudulent message to thousands of accounts claiming that recipients are entitled to a $736.98 refund from the government.
Recipients are instructed to click on a dubious link in the message to access the funds.
Australians have been warned to beware of a new scam email purporting to be sent from myGov
The email has raised concerns about its great attention to detail and use of the myGov logo with fears that unsuspecting recipients could be misled.
The email contains several telltale signs that it is, in fact, a scam.
The first giveaway is in the subject line with all words written in lowercase, a common mistake scammers make.
“You have a pending refund from mygov,” the subject line says.
The second detail is the fact that myGov emails will not ask recipients for any new information.
MyGov emails typically notify people that they have a new message in their inbox.
The scam email also contains various testimonials not normally seen in a genuine myGov message.
‘My account does me a lot of good!’ a false testimony is read. ‘I can do my paperwork online easily.’
Mitch Wilson and Penny Davies were ready to move into their new family home on the Gold Coast before the birth of their second child when they lost their dream home and all of their life savings in a sophisticated email scam.
They received an email from their real estate agent asking them to make the final payment of $39,000 with bank account details for the cash to be transferred, but the email was bogus.
The warning comes after a Gold Coast couple lost their dream home and savings in an elaborate email scam.
Mitch Wilson and Penny Davies were ready to move into their new family home before the birth of their second child.
They received an email from their real estate agent asking them to settle the deal with a final payment of $39,000 with bank details to transfer the cash.
But the email was fake, and the bank account was set up by scammers who immediately took the cash into an untraceable cryptocurrency.
Now the devastated couple are left with nothing and a heartbroken Mr. Wilson warns the others, “It can happen to anyone.”