Australian residents have been receiving fraudulent text messages claiming that they are owed a Medicare rebate.
The messages prompt you to follow a link to get the supposed rebate.
However, the messages were not sent by Medicare and the claim that you are owed a rebate is a lie designed to trick you into clicking the link. Instead, the messages are phishing scam designed to steal your personal information.
The link opens a fake website that has been built to emulate the Medicare section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services website. Once on the bogus site, you will be taken through a series of online forms that ask you to supply a large amount of your personal and financial information.
The Department of Human Services has posted a warning about the scam on its Facebook Page:
If you receive one of these scam text messages, do not follow any links that it contains and do not reply. Just delete it.
A screenshot of one of the scam messages:
A screenshot of one of the fake forms:
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!