Older Central Victorians Vulnerable To Cyber Fraud

How to prevent being next!

Older Central Victorians Vulnerable To Cyber Fraud

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