Scams still trap Aussies

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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