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More than 20000 Australians have been scammed ALREADY this year - with almost $5million lost

By Wade Zaglas For Daily Mail Australia - 19-02-18b
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  •  In January alone Australians were scammed out of almost $5million
  •  Dating and romance scams were the most common, followed by investment
  •  Phones are the most common way of receiving scams but not most costly
  •  New South Wales leads the country in number of reports and amount lost

More than 20,000 Australians have been scammed already this year – with almost $5million lost - according to a fraud watchdog.

In the month of January alone, Australians were scammed out of $4,991,491, with dating and romance scams accounting for a hefty $1million, Scamwatch said.

Investment scams were also costly ($926K) as were fake bills ($377K). Nigerian scams are still costing Australians dearly, with over $100,000 being lost.

Online scammers
While dating scams were the most common, investment scams and fake bills were common too

While phones are the most common way of receiving a scam (over 12,000 reports and $1.1million lost) the internet is far more costly (just over 1,000 reports but a total cost of $1.3million).

One of the most surprising parts of the latest snapshot were the age groups of the people affected.

Although the elderly (over 65) are thought to be the most vulnerable to scams, they reported fewer scams than those in the 25-34 age group.

The over 65s were also not the group most affected in terms of dollar amount, with the 55-64 age group losing more money them.

New South Wales leads the way as the most 'scammed' state, with more than 5800 reports and $1.3million lost.

Victoria and Western Australia are neck-and-neck in terms of total amount lost to scams, with $918,000 and $906,000 respectively.

Tasmania is the state where you are least likely to be scammed, with 365 reports amounting to a loss of over $75,000.

OPTUS
Earlier this month Optus customers in Australia were sent scam emails like the one above

Earlier this month cyber-security experts warned Optus customers to remain vigilant as 'convincing' scam emails from the provider appeared in inboxes across the country.

The scam flooded inboxes with a variety of malicious emails, ranging from remittance advice to car insurance document scams.

Scamwatch have also been monitoring a 'new and emerging' emergency text scam.

The messages usually start with someone saying 'please call me back right away' and caller are met with a barrage of abuse when they do so.

scam hook email
An alarming text message scam (pictured) is being sent to thousands of Australians - and those who take the bait are being subjected to a barrage of verbal abuse

HOW TO SPOT A SCAM EMAIL 

  • The email does not address the recipient directly 
  • There is bad grammar or misue of punctuation and poor-quality or distorted graphics 
  • There is an instruction to click a link to perform an action
  • There are obsucure sending addresses. For example, Hotmail, gmail, Yahoo addresses should set alarms bells ringing  

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Tags: Nigerians, scammed, Australians, Investment scams, email scams, remittance advice, car insurance document scams, dating scams

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