Australians are encouraged to stay alert to scammers attempting to take advantage of Budget night with a false offer of a bonus payment from the Australian Government.

People are receiving a SMS message which pretends to be from myGov advising of a one-off payment to help with living expenses. The message includes a fake internet link to myGov.

Below is an example of this scam message currently circulating.

Please be aware that:

  • there is no $750 payment on offer
  • if they receive a SMS like this, do not click on the link
  • text messages from myGov will never include an internet link
  • all legitimate myGov messages can be accessed from the customer’s myGov inbox.

Call the Scams and Identity Theft Helpdesk on 1800 941 126 to report a scam related to myGov, Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support.

For in language information and support about scams and how to protect against scams, please visit the Services Australia website.