Nurses and midwives: Beware of scam SMS text message

03 Jul 2018

Nurses and midwives are warned of a scam SMS text message which pretends to be from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

AHPRA and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) have been alerted that some nurses and midwives have received a scam SMS sent to their mobile phone with the message ‘You have now passed your AHPRA Renewal and been made inactive.’

AHPRA does not send SMS messages and will not ask for your login credentials or for you to make payments over phone or email.

The SMS message could be a Mobile Premium Services scam as advised by Scamwatch. The sender tries to trick you into paying extremely high call or text rates when replying to an unsolicited text message on your mobile phone.

Example of the SMS text

Example of the SMS text

What should you do?

If you have received this SMS, please do not reply or call the sender’s number.
Please read the Scamwatch article for more information about protecting yourself. 

More information

AHPRA does not share practitioner contact details with any organisation except for law enforcement purposes.
IDCare provides assistance to individuals who may have lost their personal details.

Page reviewed 3/07/2018