Consumer Affairs Victoria and Crime Stoppers Victoria are partnering together to help build greater awareness around online scams amongst senior Victorians.
As the fastest growing sector of online users, the senior community are often targeted by scammers who prey on their perceived vulnerability. Scammers have become increasingly sophisticated in their approaches and combined with advancing technology, it has become far easier to become their victim.
Crime Stoppers Victoria General Manager, Cathy Rhodes said that scammers are professional criminals who seek out individuals that have been through recent financial hardship, illness and loss. She stressed the importance of people defending themselves through remaining educated and scam savvy online.
“Scammers target those they consider to be vulnerable; Individuals living through hardships, the elderly and members of the community who are not fluent in English. It is our responsibility to ensure our senior friends and relatives are made aware of the help available to them online, to increase their vigilance and reduce the detriment caused by scammers.”
Information on scams and what to do is now available in multiple languages to help the community.
“If you suspect you have been targeted by a scam, check with someone you trust like friends & family or visit the Consumer Affairs Victoria website for detailed information.”
You can report suspicious scam activity online or over the phone, the Consumer Affairs Helpline (1300 55 81 81) is available between 8.30am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).
For further information and tips on how best to protect yourself from scams, please visit https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/resources-and-education/scams/scam-savvy
For more information on Crime Stoppers, please visit www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.