RESIDENTS URGED TO WATCH OUT FOR SCAMS

RESIDENTS URGED TO WATCH OUT FOR SCAMS

Posted on 13. Jul, 2010 in Clayton Update

Member for Clayton Hong Lim today warned local residents to watch out for scams, releasing details of the top five scams to hit our local area over the past year.

Mr Lim said scams were designed to trick people into giving away money or personal information and urged people to guard against fraud by protecting their privacy and financial details.

The top scams reported to Consumer Affairs in the Clayton electorate during the last financial year were:

Greater Dandenong
Get Rich Quick Schemes
Unauthorised Advertising (Blowers)
Advance Fee Fraud (Nigerian Style)
On-line Fraud
Prize Award / Merchandise Offers
Unsolicited Mail, Telefraud & Mail Fraud
Computer Predictions Software
Bogus Employment Schemes
Bogus Lottery Schemes
Investment & Financial Scams
Chain Letter / Pyramid Selling Schemes
Itinerant Traders / Door-to-Door Scams

Kingston
Get Rich Quick Schemes
Bogus Lottery Schemes
On-line Fraud
Unsolicited Mail, Telefraud & Mail Fraud
Investment & Financial Scams
Prize Award / Merchandise Offers
Unauthorised Advertising (Blowers)
Advance Fee Fraud (Nigerian Style)
Bogus Employment Schemes
Computer Predictions Software
Itinerant Traders / Door-to-Door Scams

Monash
Get Rich Quick Schemes
Prize Award / Merchandise Offers
Advance Fee Fraud (Nigerian Style)
On-line Fraud
Fax Back / Telephone Call Back Scams
Unauthorised Advertising (Blowers)
Unsolicited Mail, Telefraud & Mail Fraud
Chain Letter / Pyramid Selling Schemes
Itinerant Traders / Door-to-Door Scams
Bogus Employment Schemes
Bogus Lottery Schemes
Investment & Financial Scams

Mr Lim said residents needed to be aware of the scams so they could protect themselves from being conned out of their hard-earned money or their personal details.

“The Brumby Labor Government is standing up for Victorians by making sure they know there are risks when communicating, buying and banking online and giving them the support and advice they need to protect themselves,” he said.

“There are many different types of scam and con artists can try and contact you by mail, email, telephone, over the Internet and door-to-door. Anyone can be scammed.

“Scammers are getting more sophisticated in their approach to conning you out of your money and personal information, using email and other forms of technology to get to you.

“Scammers are constantly thinking up new ways to re-invent old scams to ensure their dodgy offers appear official and legitimate.

“But don’t be fooled. Always remember, if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Mr Robinson said there were a few simple steps residents could take to protect themselves from this kind of scam:
• Hang up on telemarketers asking for up-front fees for large cash prizes;
• Don’t respond immediately to any unsolicited offers or deals. Stop and take time to check they are genuine;
• Ignore letters or emails announcing you have won large cash prizes
• Never click on a link provided in an unsolicited email as it will probably lead to a fake website designed to or introduce a virus onto your computer;
• Never provide personal details or transfer money to a company or person you do not know and trust

“In the end, the only people who making money from these so-called lotteries, prize draws and get-rich-quick schemes are the fraudsters trying to scam you,” Mr Lim said.

Consumer Affairs Victoria runs a ‘dob in a scam’ service. To look up or report the latest scams, visit www.consumer.vic.gov.au or call 1300 558 181.

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