HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SCAMMERS
EVERY year thousands of Australians get scammed, sometimes costing the individual thousands of dollars. Scammers know how to trick you. To protect yourself from scams be aware – scammers target you any time. Ignore suspicious emails, letters, house visits, phones calls or SMS messages. Press ‘delete’, throw them out, shut the door or just hang up. Don’t agree to an offer straight away. Do your research and seek independent advice if it involves significant amount of money, time or commitment, and get the offer in writing. Ask yourself who you’re really dealing with. Scammers pose as people or organisations that you know and trust. Pay online using only a secure payment service. Never send money to someone you don’t know and trust.