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Beware of "Your 2017 Subsidy Benefit" Australian Government Department of Human Services Phishing Scams

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Beware of "Your 2017 Subsidy Benefit" Australian Government Department of Human Services Phishing Scams

Recipients of email messages like the sample below, which appear as if they came from The Australian Government Department of Human Services requesting personal information in order to receive their 2017 subsidy benefits, should delete the email messages and not follow the instructions in them. This is because the email messages are phishing scams send by cybercriminals or scammers to trick potential victims into sending them their personal information. And, once the cyber crooks have received their potential victims’ information, they will attempt to scam them, or sell the same information to other scammers.

Please continue reading below.

Remember, The Australian Government Department of Human Services will never send email messages to Australians asking them to respond with their personal or financial information.

Sample of the “Your 2017 Subsidy Benefit” Australian Government Department of Human Services Scam

From: Australian Government Department of Human Services
Sent: Monday, 9 January 2017 9:21 AM
Subject: [SPAM] Your 2017 Subsidy benefit - Message ID: Sucs063x3

The Department of Human Services is pleased to inform you of your qualification for 2017 subsidy benefit.

In order to affirm your eligibility, simply reply to this secure message with the following details as listed below & you will be notified shortly.

Given name (first only):
Family name/Surname:
Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy):
Tax File Number:

Complete Address (Street number & name/Suburb/State/Postcode):

Enter at least 2 of the information listed below correctly

1. Dividends statement (one from the last 2 years) Enter the investment reference number from your dividend statement (no spaces or '/' symbols, e.g. X0011223344) :

2. Notice of assessment (one from the last 5 years) Enter the date of issue from your notice of assessment (DD/MM/YYYY):

& Enter the sequence or our reference number from your notice of assessment (no spaces) :

3. PAYG summary (one from the last 2 years) Enter the gross amount (no spaces or "$" "." symbols, e.g. 2400):

4. Superannuation account details (one from the last 5 years) Enter the super fund ABN (numbers only):

& Enter the member account number (no spaces):

5. Centrelink payment summary (one from the last 2 years) Enter the taxable income amount from your Centrelink payment summary (no spaces or "$" "." symbols, e.g. 2400):

6. Enter either a bank account your income tax refund was paid into for the last financial year, or an interest bearing investment account from the last 2 years.

Enter BSB:

Enter Account Number:

©2017 Commonwealth of Australia | Department of Human Services ABN 90 794 605 008

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  • Posted: Jan 9, 2018 7:45 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "On 5 Jan 2018, at 3:13 am, Australian Government Department of Human Services <839042@humanservices.com> wrote:


    *** THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES SUBSIDY BENEFIT ALLOCATION ***

    The Department of Human Services is pleased to notify your attention of your qualification for subsidy benefit.

    In order to affirm your eligibility, simply reply to this securemage result for security lock imagesmessage with the following details as listed below & you will be notified shortly.

    Given name (first only):
    Family name/Surname:
    Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy):
    Tax File Number:
    Complete Address (Street number & name/Suburb/State/Postcode):
    ```````````````````````````````````````
    Enter at least 2 of the information listed below correctly

    1. Dividends statement (one from the last 2 years) Enter the investment reference number from
    your dividend statement (no spaces or '/' symbols, e.g. X0011223344) :

    2. Notice of assessment (one from the last 5 years) Enter the date of issue from your notice of assessment (DD/MM/YYYY):
    & Enter the sequence or our reference number from your notice of assessment (no spaces) :

    3. PAYG summary (one from the last 2 years) Enter the gross amount (no spaces or "$" "." symbols, e.g. $48,000.00 enter 48000):

    4. Centrelink payment summary (one from the last 2 years) Enter the taxable income amount from your Centrelink payment summary (no spaces or "$" "." symbols, e.g. $48,000.00 enter 48000):

    5. Enter either a bank account your income tax refund was paid into for the last financial year, or an interest bearing investment account from the last 2 years.
    Enter BSB:
    & Enter Account Number:

    ©2018 Commonwealth of Australia | Department of Human Services ABN 90 794 605 008"

    delete


  • Posted: Dec 13, 2017 4:36 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Harrington, New South Wales, Australia

    I received this email today and have deleted it.

    delete


  • Posted: Dec 13, 2017 1:09 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, Chile

    People should be contacting https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam

    delete


  • Posted: Nov 15, 2017 12:37 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Australian Government Department of Human Services
    Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:51 PM
    To: appletech
    Subject: appletech@westnet.com.au - Your 2017 Subsidy benefit - M4LNU3T

    The Department of Human Services is pleased to inform you of your qualification for 2017 subsidy benefit.

    In order to affirm your eligibility, simply reply to this secure image result for security lock images message with the following details as listed below & you will be notified shortly.

    ...

    Enter at least 2 of the information listed below correctly
    1. Dividends statement (one from the last 2 years) Enter the investment reference number from
    your dividend statement (no spaces or '/' symbols, e.g. X0011223344) :
    2. Notice of assessment (one from the last 5 years) Enter the date of issue from your notice of assessment (DD/MM/YYYY):
    & Enter the sequence or our reference number from your notice of assessment (no spaces) :
    3. PAYG summary (one from the last 2 years) Enter the gross amount (no spaces or "$" "." symbols, e.g. $48,000.00 enter 48000):
    4. Centrelink payment summary (one from the last 2 years) Enter the taxable income amount from your Centrelink payment summary (no spaces or "$" "." symbols, e.g. $48,000.00 enter 48000):
    5. Enter either a bank account your income tax refund was paid into for the last financial year, or an interest bearing investment account from the last 2 years.
    Enter BSB:
    & Enter Account Number:

    ©2017 Commonwealth of Australia | Department of Human Services ABN 90 794 605 008"

    delete


  • Posted: Jul 1, 2017 12:40 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Australian Government Department of Human Services [mailto:gs2us@humanservices.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, 21 June 2017 8:16 AM
    Subject: Your 2017 Subsidy benefit - Message ID: ST01Z

    The Department of Human Services is pleased to inform you of your qualification for 2017 subsidy benefit.

    In order to affirm your eligibility, simply reply to this securemage result for security lock imagesmessage with the following details as listed below & you will be notified shortly.

    Given name (first only):
    Family name/Surname:
    Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy):
    Tax File Number:
    Complete Address (Street number & name/Suburb/State/Postcode):

    Enter at least 2 of the information listed below correctly

    1. Dividends statement (one from the last 2 years) Enter the investment reference number from
    your dividend statement (no spaces or '/' symbols, e.g. X0011223344) :

    2. Notice of assessment (one from the last 5 years) Enter the date of issue from your notice of assessment (DD/MM/YYYY):
    & Enter the sequence or our reference number from your notice of assessment (no spaces) :

    3. PAYG summary (one from the last 2 years) Enter the gross amount (no spaces or "$" "." symbols, e.g. $48,000.00 enter 48000):

    4. Centrelink payment summary (one from the last 2 years) Enter the taxable income amount from your Centrelink payment summary (no spaces or "$" "." symbols, e.g. $48,000.00 enter 48000):

    5. Enter either a bank account your income tax refund was paid into for the last financial year, or an interest bearing investment account from the last 2 years.
    Enter BSB:
    & Enter Account Number:
    ©2017 Commonwealth of Australia | Department of Human Services ABN 90 794 605 008"

    delete


  • Posted: Apr 25, 2017 6:43 AM by info

    Received via email:

    "Hello

    I received the following email.

    Thank you for informing us of this scam on your website. I just hope other elderly pensioners also realise this is a scam. It is unfortunate that it has a @humanservices.gov.au. address.

    I wonder if the Australian Government should advertise these type of scams more widely on television as an advertisement, and in the newspapers...state and community. The scammers are becoming more and slicker in their deception.
    Yes, some scams are exposed via the media and in the news but there needs to be a full-on advertising campaign to educate people who may be vulnerable. Perhaps there is and I have missed it.

    Regards
    Maureen Mulligan

    ----- Original Message -----
    From:
    "Australian Government Department of Human Services"

    To:
    mulligan@iinet.net.au
    Sent:
    Sat, 22 Apr 2017 02:53:41 0900
    Subject:
    Your 2017 Subsidy benefit - Message ID: 4UMG4
    https://www.humanservices.gov.au/sites/all/themes/dhs/images/ui-desktop-crest.png

    The Department of Human Services is pleased to notify your attention of your qualification for 2017 subsidy benefit.

    In order to affirm your eligibility, simply reply to this secureImage result for security lock images message with the following details as listed below & you will be notified shortly..."

    delete


  • Posted: Mar 23, 2017 10:25 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Australian Government Department of Human Services [mailto:admin@niski-golubovi.info]
    Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2017 1:49 PM
    To: recipient@humanservices.gov.au
    Subject: Your 2017 Subsidy benefit - Code: 4LN / YMCVQTGJYJ
    Importance: High

    The Department of Human Services is pleased to notify your attention of your qualification for 2017 subsidy benefit.

    In order to affirm your eligibility, simply reply to this securemessage with the following details as listed below & you will be notified shortly."

    delete


  • Posted: Mar 6, 2017 9:46 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Australian Government Department of Human Services
    Date: 6 March 2017 at 10:29:54 pm AWST
    To:
    Subject: Your 2017 Subsidy benefit - Code: 4LN / ZBTVPMPDYS

    Reply-To:

    The Department of Human Services is pleased to notify your attention of your qualification for 2017 subsidy benefit.

    In order to affirm your eligibility, simply reply to this secureImage result for security lock imagesmessage
    with the following details as listed below & you will be notified shortly.
    /Suburb/State/Postcode):"

    delete


  • Posted: Feb 16, 2017 6:38 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Bibra Lake, Western Australia, Australia

    After downloading Medicare Mobile app a couple of days ago, I suspected someone was 'watching' when I tried to use the app.. Deleted the app but had already given my MyGov username and password. Next thing, I received this scam email. Beware!

    delete


  • Posted: Feb 15, 2017 5:30 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Received this today, Outlook flagged as spam, but the senders address was Australian Government Department of Human Services which made me want to investigate.
    Cheers for the heads up.

    delete


  • Posted: Feb 14, 2017 7:34 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Lockridge, Western Australia, Australia

    Have received this today.... If you didn't know otherwise it looks very official other than the email address looks dodgy.

    delete


  • Posted: Jan 13, 2017 6:34 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Mount Barker, South Australia, Australia

    Received the said email this morning, looked very convincing initially, realised it was a scam because it asked for too much info etc.

    delete


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