Online love scams alert

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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