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Super scam alert

GENERAL

07/10/2020

The Australian Government has urged people to be extra vigilant against scammers who are attempting to exploit the government’s COVID-19 early release super measures. A number of people have reported scammers either calling, emailing or texting people claiming they are from organisations that can help arrange early access to super. Once they collect personal details, they pretend to be the victim and fraudulently access the super fund.

How to protect yourself

  • Avoid sharing personal details. If unsure, hang up and contact the organisation directly.  
  • Be wary of unsolicited contact. Don’t click on links in texts, social messages or emails, even if the source appears trustworthy.
  • Strengthen your security. Create a strong password to protect your Member Online account and consider setting up multi-factor authentication.
  • Check your MyGov account. If you suspect you have been contacted by a scammer, check your MyGov account as this is the only way to apply to for early access to your super.

If you believe you have been targeted by a scammer trying to access your super, contact VISSF on 1300 660 027. If you have provided personal or banking details, contact your financial institution. You can also report the attack to ASIC or contact the ATO on 13 10 20.

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