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Beware of Household Stimulus Package email scam.

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MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon Joe Ludwig Minister for Human Services Senator for Queensland

Thursday 19 February 2008

Beware of Household Stimulus Package email scam

Minister for Human Services, Senator Joe Ludwig, today warned the Australian community to be on the lookout for a hoax email seeking personal information.

The email suggests people need to complete an attached application form to receive payments under the Federal Government's Household Stimulus Package.

The form requests a person's name, date of birth, address and bank account details.

"This email is a fake. Anything that suggests you need to submit an application form to get the Household Stimulus Package one-off bonus payments should set off alarm bells,” Senator Ludwig said.

"Centrelink already has the information it needs to process these payments to eligible families, students and farmers, so people do not need to do anything.”

"It's also important to note Centrelink never asks people to lodge claim forms via email."

Centrelink and the Australian Federal Police are investigating the hoax email and making every effort to ensure the community is adequately protected.

"While we are only aware of a very small number of cases at this stage, you can never do too much where people's personal information is concerned," Senator Ludwig said.

"If people receive this hoax email, do not open any attachments, click on any links or reply. Delete the email immediately from your mailbox, including your deleted or trash folder.

"I would urge anyone who has received this email and already disclosed their personal information to call Centrelink urgently so it can act quickly to safeguard people's privacy and stop fraudulent activity."

People can call Centrelink on 1800 050 004 if they have received the hoax email.