Western Australian seniors are being targeted by scammers through a fake WA Seniors Card website requesting money and multiple forms of personal identification. The fake website seniorsportal.au claims to be “officially approved” and charges WA Seniors Card applicants a fee of $29.
The WA Seniors Card is free of charge and applicants are never requested to pay a fee, or disclose personal identification such as bank or credit card details in exchange for membership.
WA Seniors Card does not accept Seniors Card applications made by third party organisations.
WA ScamNet is concerned for seniors who have been targeted by these cyber criminals and handed over their personal identification, such as bank details, driver’s licence and passport.
How to protect yourself:
If you have engaged with this scam website:
Provided any form of ID
- Contact IDCARE as soon as possible on 1800 595 160 or visit their website www.idcare.org.
Made a payment
- Contact your financial institution immediately and report the transaction as fraudulent.
Remember, legitimate WA Government website address should always ends with wa.gov.au.
Be aware when searching online (eg. Google search) the first couple of listings may not be the legitimate website and not the service provider you are searching for.
To obtain your seniors card, only visit www.seniorscard.wa.gov.au or visit WA Seniors Card in person at Level 2, 140 William Street, Perth 6000 or contact them on 1800 671 233.
If you are unsure or have any doubts, contact WA ScamNet on 1300 30 40 54 or lodge a report online.
Example of the scam website: