Scam Watch

These days, more and more people are using the web to find all sorts of things. From Dating to Shopping, to Information.

But unfortunately, scammers also love to use the internet to find you, using anyway they can to hide their identity from you.

Scammers like to use popular, legitimate and trusted sites and services to try and lure you into giving them your personal details or money. There are many ways they can engage with you. Maybe through emails, phone calls, text messages. Then they may spin a long and convincing story that plays on your trust and emotions to try and get you to hand over your money. It is all lies – if you pay, you’ll never see your money again.

many companies work hard to keep scammers out, but you need to do your bit too. Be on guard against scammers and the way they can lower your defences and gain access to your life.

Protect yourself against scammers

DON’T RESPOND
Ignore suspicious emails, letters, house visits, phone calls or SMS – press ‘delete’, and throw them out, shut the door or just hang up.

WATCH OUT FOR SLICK TRICKS
Scammers use sophisticated tricks such as fake websites, glossy brochures, technical jargon or posing as someone that you know and trust – don’t fall for them!

DON’T LET SCAMMERS PUSH YOUR BUTTONS
Scammers will play on your emotions to get what they want

PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY
Your personal details are private and invaluable – keep them that way and away from scammers. Unfortunately places like Face book and other social networking sites are a great place for scammers to get your information. Already we have heard of identity theft from these places.

For information on all the scams, please visit a scamwatch site. The link below is for the one in Australia.

http://www.scamwatch.gov.au

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