Home Security DHS 'Qualification for Subsidy Benefit' scam

No matter how many kids you may or may not admit to having, don’t fall for this Department of Human Services “subsidy” email scam.

The Australian Department of Human Services (DHS) has been subject to several email phishing scams relating to all manner of benefits. Let’s face it with this latest one there are a lot of legitimate, illegitimate and estranged children out there.

Parents, particularly divorced males — although I don’t know how they target that group receive an email asking the recipient to reply to the message with their last name, first name, date of birth, tax file number and full address. It also requests the recipient to submit “two of six items of information", including:

  • One dividend statement from the past two years;
  • One notice of assessment from the past five years;
  • One PAYG summary from the past two years;
  • Details of one superannuation account from the past five years;
  • One Centrelink payment summary from the past two years; and
  • Bank account details that the recipient’s income tax was paid into for the last financial year, or an interest bearing account from the past two years.

It looks legitimate but it is purely a way to initiate a lot of pain via identity theft and bank fraud.

The email is below. Note that the email address is a fake.

From: Australian Government Department of Human Services <messg203@humanservices.gov.au>
Date: Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 4:41 AM
Subject: Your 2016 Subsidy benefit - Code: RDP04


The Department of Human Services will like to inform you of your qualification for 2016 subsidy benefit.
In other 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:

©2016 Commonwealth of Australia | Department of Human Services ABN 90 794 605 008

This message is intended for the addressee named and may contain privileged
information or confidential information or both. If you are not the intended
recipient please delete it and notify the sender.


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!


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