Consumer Affairs Victoria has released a survey revealing $4.5 million dollars was stolen from Victorians aged 55 and older in 2016.
Older residents in Central Victoria are the focus of a new awareness campaign to tackle the issue, with stories shared by victims like Maria.
She fell for a romance scam.
Older people are targeted by fraudsters for a number of reasons, mainly their access to life savings and superannuation.
Experts recommend you follow the below tips so you're not next!
- Do not send money to someone you have never met in person, even if you have spoken to them or received gifts.
- Do not give anyone your bank account details – for any reason.
- Be alert for over-the-top expressions of love and attempts to progress the relationship very quickly
One of the ways to check they're a real person is Google Image Search to see if the photos you're sent are legitimate.
To report a scam visit the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.
You can also call the Loddon Mallee office for assistance on 03 5440 6100