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Scams awareness forum in Bowral

April 26, 2023 6:47 pm in by

More than 200 people have attended a scams awareness forum in Bowral hosted today by Whitlam MP Stephen Jones.

Australians lost a record $3.1 billion to scams in 2022, which is an 80 per cent increase on the previous year.

Mr. Jones has the following advice for local residents:

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“Everyday, scammers are ripping money out the pockets of hard-working Australians.

The Government is fighting back.

With the establishment National Anti-Scams Centre and initiatives other like SMS sender ID Registry, we are driving home a clear message; the Government is putting scammers on notice.”

“The top piece of advice I would give to the community in protecting yourself against scams is to:

Stop – take your time before giving money or personal information.
Think – ask yourself if the message or call could be fake?
Protect – act quickly if something feels wrong. Contact your bank and report scams to Scamwatch.”

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