Spotting a scam easier than you think
IT'S a sad fact but statistics show one in 20 people on the Coffs Coast will fall victim to a scam at some point in their lives.
If you want to learn how to be one of the 19 instead, come along to Coffs Library on Saturday, May 28 to hear from two professional 'scambusters' from the NSW Department of Fair Trading.
Robert Hoiles and Alison Stewart will give a FREE talk starting at 10.30am and answer questions on identifying scams, the type of scams currently doing the rounds and how to avoid them.
A scam is designed to trick you into giving away your money or your personal details. Scams succeed because they look like the real thing and appeal to your needs and desires.
The people who run scams (scammers) are imaginative and manipulative - they know how to push the right buttons to produce the response they want.
Many scams originate from outside Australia and once money is sent overseas it is virtually impossible to recover. Most scams are operated by criminal organisations who want to get your money and your personal details so that they can steal your identity.
Everyone will be the target of a scam at some stage in their lives. Scams come in many forms and reach you in many ways - by post, online through e-mail, telephone and door-to-door.
While anybody can be the targeted by a scammer, the more effective scams deliberately target the most vulnerable in our community - the frail, elderly, young and gullible.
As well as finding out how to avoid being scammed, Robert and Alison will provide information on how to report a suspected scam and what to do if you think you've been scammed.
They will also highlight the Department of Fair Trading's new smartphone app - the 'Scam Buster'.
Bookings for the event are essential so phone the library on 6648 4900 or click here to send an email.