A scammer wears many hats… they can be your Romeo, a long lost relative, or even just a phone company representative in disguise. This classic type of fraud is aimed at tricking you into giving over money or information and can happen online (such as romance scams) or over the phone. One of the most common examples is phone calls from foreign numbers, asking for details.
TYPES OF FRAUD
A ‘Phisher’ will send an email pretending to be a person, or even a company that has your best interests at heart. For example, your phone company may email you asking to update your information - including your bank account information. Or, you may be told you’ve won a holiday or large sum of money and simply ‘click the link to accept’. Asking you to take an action such as clicking a link is a classic sign of Phishing.
TYPES OF FRAUD
The Opportunist can be anyone in your life who seeks to take advantage, with the general focus of gaining money or personal information. This type of fraud can happen in very close proximity to you, and you may not be aware that it’s happening. Whether it’s a grandchild that takes your Eftpos card and spends a little extra shopping for themselves, or a carer that could take advantage in a similar way – even a power of attorney that is no longer letting you control your own account. The Opportunist is anyone in your life, taking money from you without your knowledge or consent – and they are often, unfortunately, someone close to you.
TIPS TO AVOID FRAUD
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