Older Australians can often be in the sights of scammers due to the perception that they have more money and are less technologically savvy compared to younger people, according to the ACCC.
“Scammers will take advantage of special days or major events like Christmas to fleece people of their money or personal information,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
Here are three common holiday season scams people should look out for:
“Scamwatch has also seen a massive influx of reports and money lost to tax scams. In November we received 7500 reports of these scams and $400,000 was reported lost,” Ms Rickard said.
“This isn’t a usual holiday season scam, however a lot of people are getting calls from scammers pretending to be from the tax office or the police and threatening them with arrest over unpaid tax debts.”
“This is a scam. If you ever get a call or email containing threats like this, hang up the phone or delete the email,” Ms Rickard said.
Ms Rickard added that the key to avoiding a scammer’s con these holidays is a healthy dose of scepticism and research.
“Be sceptical about an online store you haven’t used before. Do some research to see if they’re legitimate and don’t be fooled by big discounts. With travel deals, call the accommodation provider directly, for example the cruise line or hotel, to check if the deal is legitimate,” she said.
“We’re all expecting parcels this time of year but be careful about online links and never download attachments. If you’re wondering if a delivery notice is legitimate, check the tracking number at the Australia Post or other delivery company website, or call them directly using a number you find from an online search or the phone book.”
Visit www.scamwatch.gov.au for more details.
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