myGov scams

How to spot myGov scams and what to do if one affects you.

How to know it’s a scam

Active scams

Find out about active myGov scams on the Services Australia website. myGov is delivered by Services Australia.

Signs of a scam and tips to protect yourself

Watch this video about how to spot a myGov scam.

myGov will never ask you through email, text message, or direct message on social media, to:

  • click on a link to sign in to myGov
  • enter your bank details 
  • provide your identity documents
  • tell us your personal details.

We don’t offer live chat through social media.

Examples of your personal details are:

  • username
  • password
  • myGov PIN
  • secret questions and answers
  • Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN) or Tax File Number (TFN).

Scammers can make fake websites or apps that look just like myGov. Always access myGov by typing in into your internet browser yourself. Or you can use the official Australian Government myGov app.

When you are signed in to myGov, the messages in your myGov Inbox are secure. It’s safe to open links in myGov Inbox messages.

Learn more on the Services Australia website about:

What to do if you get a scam message

If you get a suspicious message claiming to be from myGov:

  • don’t reply
  • don’t open any links
  • don’t download any attachments.

You can report the scam to us if:

  • you did not click on the link
  • you did not give any personal information to the scam.

To report a myGov or Services Australia scam, email us at

If it is not a myGov or Services Australia scam, you can report it on the Scamwatch website.

What to do if you’ve been scammed

If you have sent money to a scammer, contact your bank immediately.

myGov scams

Call the Services Australia Scams and Identity Theft Helpdesk if you:

  • opened a link in an email, text message or QR code
  • gave your myGov details or other personal information to a scammer
  • downloaded a fake myGov app.

myGov linked service scams

If the scam relates to a linked service you are using through myGov, contact that service using the list below.

These links will take you away from myGov:

Other scams

For other scams, find out what to do if you've been scammed on the Scamwatch website.

  • myGov privacy notice

    Our privacy notice explains how we collect, hold, use and disclose personal information.
  • Security

    It’s important to us that your personal details are secure when you use your myGov account.

Page last updated: 9 February 2024