Hoax Pension email

AboutSeniors have been swamped in recent weeks with members asking if the email they received about Refugee’s receiving significantly more in financial assistance than Pensioners, which is a hoax!

This email that calls for the recipient to send it onto their friends, in an effort to lobby for increases in the age pension. While this email is not new, as it was used around election time in 07 and previously in America of all places, it has started making the rounds again to put pressure on the government by creating greater angst in throughout Australia regarding the benefits received by aged pensioners.

Former Howard government minister Mal Brough refuted the claims in an August 2007 media release:

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today warned age pensioners to be alert to an internet scam, which appears designed to anger pensioners over the level of financial support provided to refugees in Australia.

“Emails are being sent to older Australians, claiming refugees are receiving welfare payments of $2,500 per month and comparing that to the age pension,” Mr Brough said.

“The claims in the email are blatant lies, which are also being repeated on websites and chat rooms.

“What concerns me most is that the scam targets older people and uses the plight of refugees to whip up discontent.

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