Eastern Reporter - - Street Watch - - Sen Sgt Si­mon Hazell

THE num­ber of peo­ple re­port­ing scam ac­tiv­ity in Aus­tralia was at record lev­els in 2016. Losses to­talled $299.8 million in a 47 per cent in­crease in re­ports com­pared with 2015. Scamwatch and the Aus­tralian Cyber On­line Re­port­ing Net­work re­ceived a com­bined 200,000 com­plaints. Aus­tralians over 55 ac­counted for 45 per cent of re­ports. Most of the losses were from in­vest­ment scams, to­talling $59 million. Dat­ing and ro­mance scams ac­counted for the next high­est losses at $42 million. Get up­dates on the lat­est scams at

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