19 February 2016

Scammers don’t discriminate

If you have fallen for a scam or know someone who has, you are not alone.

Last year, over 19,000 Victorians reported a scam.

Scammers don’t discriminate. No one expects to be scammed but anyone can fall for one.

Scams are designed to deceive you into handing over money or personal details. It is unlikely that you will see your money again, and your personal details could be used in identity fraud.

Feeling anxious, embarrassed or depressed as a result of being scammed is normal. It can help to talk about how you’re feeling with someone you trust. If you need professional support, help is available from:

  • beyondblue
  • SANE Australia
  • headspace
  • Victorian Men’s Shed Association.

Consumer Affairs Victoria’s website has:

  • Tips and information on how to identify and avoid scams
  • A quiz to test how scam savvy you are
  • Real stories from Victorians who have been scammed
  • Educational videos about the most common types of scams
  • Information about scams in 23 languages.

Share your story to help Consumer Affairs Victoria warn others.

For more information, and to share your story, visit Consumer Victoria Scam Savvy.

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