HOW TO PRO­TECT YOUR­SELF FROM SCAM­MERS

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch -

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.

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