Understanding and Preventing Scams
Australians are increasingly becoming targets for various types of scams. These scams can range from financial deceptions to identity theft, often causing significant emotional and financial damage. It's important to stay informed and vigilant.
Common Scams Targeting Seniors
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1. Telephone Scams
What to Look Out For: Unsolicited calls from 'government agencies' or 'trusted companies' asking for personal or financial information.
Prevention Tip: Never provide personal information over the phone unless you initiated the call.
2. Online Scams
What to Look Out For: Emails or websites asking you to update or verify personal details.
Prevention Tip: Always verify the legitimacy of emails and websites before interacting.
3. Investment Scams
What to Look Out For: Offers for investment opportunities with high returns and low risk.
Prevention Tip: Consult with a trusted financial advisor before making any investment.
4. Grandparent Scams
What to Look Out For: Calls or messages claiming a family member is in trouble and needs money.
Prevention Tip: Always confirm the situation with other family members before acting.