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More information Scams target everyone Scams target people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels across Australia. Scammers are getting smarter and taking advantage of new technology, new products or services and major events to create believable stories that will convince you to give them your money or personal details. Protect yourself Be alert to the fact that scams exist. When dealing with uninvited contacts from people or businesses, whether it's over the phone, by mail,in person or on a social networking site, always consider the possibility that the approach may be a scam. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

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Usually, a scam will involve theft or fraud.

You can also contact Victim Support directly Print this Online Dating and Romance Scams A recent study indicates that 15 percent of American adults use online dating websites or mobile applications. Scammers offer exciting advantages to get you interested. But now we can tell you even more about the scams happening in your neck of the woods.

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You want to help him so you wire the money he needs to his bank. An OCS Trust works like a wire transfer, but the embassy or consulate holds the money until the recipient picks it up—and provides proof of U. Be aware of sounding needy and lonely in your profile. This might be via an unexpected phone call or fake online advertisement.

Online dating and romance scams

If you use social networking sites, such Lookint Facebook, be careful who you connect with and learn how to use your privacy and security settings to ensure you stay safe. This makes it harder for scammers to access your s. If a message or comes from a friend and it seems unusual or out of character for them, contact your friend directly to check that it was really them that sent it.

Avoid crowdfunding scams Blog Post Crowdfunding is one way to support a project you believe in and get rewards for that support. As the of people looking to meet new people online grows, so does Lookinv opportunity for fraud.

Keep s short and sweet. Promises made in this kind of scam can include inheritance payments, overseas trips, job offers or cars.

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Doing this could infect your computer with a virus. Someone is asking me to: Pay in iTunes or other store vouchers Gift cards or iTunes vouchers are a common currency for scammers.

Romance scammers often claim to be a U. Scammers will often ask you to turn on your computer to fix a problem or install a free upgrade, which is actually a virus which will give them your passwords and personal details. Documents such as flight itineraries and bank statements have simple, uncomplicated layouts even when they are legitimate because such businesses allow their customers to print online statements. Ve an online prospect claims to be a United States citizen living or working in another country and Lloking you for help or money, refer the prospect to the local U.

Getting support If you've been the victim of a scam, it can be extremely distressing, but support is available.

He uses these holes in your heart to get you to trust him knowing it will be easy for you to bond with someone who has experienced the same loss as you. Don't use the contact details provided in the message sent to you. Hang up on tech support calls Blog Post It can be frustrating to have problems with your computer, especially now that so many people are working from home.

Be aware that scammers sometimes target people they know have already lost money to scams. But there are several things you can scammed to protect yourself.

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Gaining victims’ trust

Have they promised you something? The following are some tips on how to protect yourself from being scammed and what to do if you become Looknig victim: Be careful about sharing sensitive personal or financial information with someone you have not met in person. Help them to protect themselves A few simple precautions can provide protection from a wide range of scams. If a man tells you he'll be out of the country for a month or two, tell him to give you a call when he gets back.

A victim may even get a call from an accomplice who claims to be a lawyer or doctor to lend credibility to the tale. Protecting yourself online There are things you can do to protect yourself from being scammed online.

Recognising a scam

The Money Advice Service has more advice on getting your money back if you've been the victim of a scam or identity theft. Figure out if you are being scammed and what to do about different types of scams. How to Recognize and Avoid Phishing Scams Article Scammers use or text messages to trick you Loooking giving them your personal information.

Maria and Andrew seemed to hit it off and began planning a road trip for scammef summer when Andrew would come back to the U. He might tell you that he lives in a metropolitan city in the U. You'll be able to see if the image matches who he says he is or if he's stolen it from someone else. The report suggests steps to take to help protect older consumers from fraud.

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You may not always be able to get your money back, but you oLoking be able to reduce the damage and take steps to stop it happening again — to you or other people. Scams to look out for include: advertising face masks or medical equipment at high prices s or texts pretending to be from the government s offering life insurance against coronavirus people knocking at your door and asking for money for charity If you see s or texts about coronavirus from someone you don't know, or from an unusual address, don't click on any links or buy anything.

After the vouchers or cards have been purchased they will ask you for the voucher codes that they later on sell online at discount prices. Make your online s secure Make sure you have a strong password for your s that you don't use anywhere else.

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It can be to cover a tax, fine, legal fees, bills or any other costs. Since the beginning of March, Tl artists share information about victims and may target victims more than once. This is when he asks you for your help.