IDCARE has been inundated with calls from people who have received a text message scam referring to a $200 Medicare rebate. The text message appears to come from Medicare and has a link that takes you to a webpage. Once on the page you are requested to fill in basic personal information, your Medicare number and details about your GP and previous visits and prescriptions. IDCARE measures risks of future identity misuse based on the nature of the credentials compromised. Information requested in this scam text message would be considered of a high risk nature to potential misuse around your myGov/Medicare account.
Once you have acted upon these recommended steps, the risk will be greatly reduced. However, please read over the additional information in this email for tips on how to mitigate against potential ongoing risks.
Be vigilant about flow-on telephone calls.
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