Received a text message from LINKT Toll? Stop and think, don't click the link!
Australians are being warned to be alert for text messages that appear like this:
- LINKT - Reminder: You have an unpaid toll notice overdue for over 30 days. Please arrange payment immediately to avoid E-tag cancellation.
Then it goes on to show a website.
Scammers often try to gain trust by claiming to be from a well-known business or impersonating someone you may know. The SMS would normally contain a link to the thief's website which may appear to be legitimate but is really not. This is called a phishing website.
These types of website attempts to trick you into giving out personal information such as your bank account details, passwords, codes and credit card numbers.
Even if you think the text is real, it's safe not to click on any links and log into your account using the company's website URL instead.
STOP – Never click on links in texts or emails. Don’t give money or personal information if you are unsure. Scammers will create a sense of urgency, such as telling you your parcel could not be delivered. Don’t rush to act.
THINK – Ask yourself if the message could be fake? Scammers pretend to be from organisations you know and trust. Download the official app and turn on notifications to be confident the message is real.
PROTECT – Act quickly if something feels wrong. Contact your bank immediately if you lose money. Report scams to Scamwatch.
What to do if you have been scammed
- If you have lost money, contact your bank or financial institution immediately. You can also report to police via ReportCyber.
- Be aware of other scams which may occur after a loss of personal information.
- Contact IDCARE on 1800 595 160 if you have provided scammers with your personal identifying information such as drivers licence or passport.
- Report scams to Scamwatch