Online love scams alert
PEOPLE are continuing to fall for the promise of love despite a 34 per cent drop in romantic scams.
The 2016 Scam Review for WA shows ( love) fraud remains most common across a 17 per cent fall in the number of people duped by scammers last year.
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said 377 victims reported losing $ 10,057,015 to scams in 2016, with $ 4.1 million lost to relationship fraud.
He said while most scams have seen a drop in victims and losses, romance and technology frauds were cause for concern.
“Technology scams have seen a 21 per cent increase in victim numbers while the losses have almost tripled,” he said.
Scammers contact victims usually by phone and pretend to be from a well- known telecommunications company, saying their computer has been hacked.
Mr Mischin said the fraudster tricks the person into giving remote access to their computer and then asks them to log on to their online banking.
The victims’ accounts are raided some time later.
Report scams to wascamnet@ commerce. wa. gov. au or call 1300 30 40 54.