Scams still trap Aussies
AUSTRALIANS are continuing to fall victim to online scammers who promise instant wealth but then steal hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars from their target.
Australians are handing over at least $ 1 billion a year to online fraudsters as well as volunteering bank details such as pin numbers to conmen posing as bank officials.
Two surveys released by the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce showed that the scams are being refined and in 2009 included inheritance scams, work-from-home scams and dating/ romance scams. The surveys, conducted in 2008 and 2009, showed that the 55-64 year age group was more likely to respond to a scam while those earning $ 20,000 annually were more likely to send personal details.