Centrelink sends welfare recipients fraud warning via text message

Centrelink has sent text messages to welfare recipients warning them that an Australian federal police welfare fraud taskforce is operating in their area, and to keep their personal information up to date.

On Monday the opposition’s human services spokeswoman, Linda Burney, criticised Centrelink for “victimising and harassing vulnerable Australians” by sending welfare recipients letters carrying the Australian federal police logo and warning them that welfare fraud could result in prison and loss of payments.