A scam is underway to steal the Federal Government bonus payments from people throughout Australia.
People are receiving phone calls claiming to be from the Australian Taxation Office, asking them to confirm their details for the next round of bonus payments.
Alastair Double, who lives on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, recently received such a phone call and says that while he did not fall for the hoax, it is a very elaborate plan.
"They'd get enough information from you, date of birth, your address, your PO box number and your tax file number and, if possible, a bank account number," he said.
"What they would then do is call back the taxation office with enough information to identify you and change the details of the mailout of the cheque and basically pocket your bonus cheque."
A fake 1800 phone number is provided for people if they have any questions.
Over 10 million Australians are expected to receive payments of up to $950 from the Government's $42 billion stimulus package.
Families began receiving their bonus payments last week, while workers will receive tax bonuses in April.
Melanie Spong from Queensland's Office of Fair Trading says people should be wary of the scammers.
"The tax office will not be contacting anyone to confirm details," she said.
"If you get this sort of phone call ... the idea is to hang up, don't release any of your details over the phone.
"The Australian Tax Office has a website that provides consumers with all of the information that you need in terms of the Government payout."
Ms Spong says the scammers are taking advantage of the fact that so many people need the money quickly.
"They know that in these times of economic strife consumers are very keen to get this money," she said.
"So they know that it's quite likely if they contact someone saying that they need to confirm details before they can post out the cheque, people won't think twice about that."