Scams Awareness – How Scammers Work

How scammers work

Scams are always changing and everyone is a target.

  • Scammers are getting smarter and are taking advantage of new technology.
  • Many people believe they would never fall for a scam.
  • Scammers try to get money or steal your personal details so they can pretend to be you.
  • You can be scammed in different ways – online, phone, post or in person.
  • Scammers use all sorts of tactics to prey on their victims:
    • We tend to comply with requests from authority figures – scammers often pretend to be a
      government official.
    • We often trust those we know – scammers try to gain trust by claiming to be from a
      well-known business or impersonate a known contact.
    • Scammers will suggest their own verification procedures, like going to websites they have created or calling numbers they provide to you.
    • Scammers know how to appeal to your emotions and press your buttons to get what they want.
    • Scammers create a sense of urgency to get you to make decisions without thinking.
  • Reporting scams can help others from falling victim.

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Further information and reading

Source: Information is provided by Australian Competition & Consumer Commission

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