Slam Scams Campaign
Have you ever received a phone call or SMS out of the blue, a phishy email or ‘lucky’ letter, an unknown knock at the door or a strange request from an online friend or admirer?
National Consumer Fraud Week 2012 is all about raising awareness of scam delivery methods so that you can identify and slam a scam at the point of contact. That’s why the theme is “slam scams!”.
Here are some tips to keep scammers at arm’s length:
DON’T RESPOND - Ignore suspicious emails, letters, house visits, phone calls or SMS – press ‘delete’, throw them out, shut the door or just hang up
WATCH OUT FOR SLICK TRICKS - Scammers use sophisticated tricks to fool you such as fake websites, glossy brochures, technical jargon or posing as someone that you know and trust – don’t fall for them!
DON’T LET SCAMMERS PUSH YOUR BUTTONS - Scammers will play on your emotions to get what they want
PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY - Your personal details are private and invaluable – keep them that way and away from scammers
ACCC's Top Scams for 2011
Stats for WA
In the past 12 months about 32,000 people contacted Consumer Protection Western Australia either by phone or email about scams. More than 40 victims reported losing a total of $1.2-million dollars.
It’s believed these figures indicate only a tip of the iceberg of the money lost from the economy, most of which went overseas.
Scam examples seen by Consumer Protection
Consumers should always be suspicious when asked to send money to people they don’t know, particularly by wire transfer. Make every effort to verify that the person or business that you are dealing with and what they are offering is genuine before parting with your money.