Scams: It’s Personal – Fighting fraud on the home front

auDA is proud to once again partner with the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce (ACFT) for National Consumer Fraud Week. This important initiative raises business and consumer awareness of the economic, personal and social threats posed by fraud.

Running from 7 - 13 March, this year’s initiative is titled, ‘Scams: It’s Personal’ and focuses on the personal impact of scams and how we can fight fraud that occurs on the home front.

Increasingly scammers are finding ways to get information about your personal profile and use this to play on your relationships with people and organisations you know and trust.

The effects of scams on victims can be devastating, potentially causing psychological, financial, familial and social harm. Scams can also have a considerable impact on business, with fraudsters’ misuse of people’s trust in reputable brands or companies having the power to shake consumer confidence to the core.

Scammers don’t discriminate - they’ll target anyone, be it yourself, a loved one, small or big business, community organisation, charity or government.  They also use a myriad of ways to slip under your radar. A phone call, SMS, letter, email, fax, blog, online chat or dating service – scammers will use any of these means to target you.

Some tips ACFT suggest to keep scammers at arm’s length include:

PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY

Your personal details are private and invaluable – keep them that way and away from scammers

DON’T RESPOND

Ignore suspicious emails, letters, phone calls or text messages – press ‘delete’, throw them out or just hang up

DON’T LET SCAMMERS PUSH YOUR BUTTONS

Scammers will play on your emotions to get what they want

RESIST THE PERSONAL TOUCH

Watch out for scammers posing as someone that you know and trust, or pretending to know you

For more information visit: Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce.

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