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    President             Paul Lloyd

    Vice President     Carol Van der Ree

    Acting Secretary  Frances Lowe

    Treasurer             Sue Marstaeller


JULY 2019

Protecting yourself from Scams

Scams come in all shapes and sizes. Have you received an offer that seems too good to refuse, or a request to donate to a good cause? Perhaps an invitation to ‘befriend’ or connect with an online admirer? Scammers know how to press your buttons to get what they want.

Scams target people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels. Every year scams cost Australians millions of dollars and cause considerable non-financial harm. One of the best ways to combat this type of fraud is to stay one step ahead of the scammers by being aware of scams and how to protect yourself.

Scammers use all kinds of sneaky approaches to steal your personal details. Once obtained, they can use your identity to commit fraudulent activities such as using your credit card or opening a bank account.

Scammers prey on consumers and businesses that are buying or selling products and services. Not every transaction is legitimate.

Scammers impersonate genuine charities and ask for donations or contact you claiming to collect money after natural disasters or major events.

If you are looking for a fast way to make money, watch out – scammers have invented all sorts of fake money-making opportunities to prey on your enthusiasm and get hold of your cash.

Scammers invent convincing and seemingly legitimate reasons to give you false hope about offers of money. There are no get-rich-quick schemes, so always think twice before handing over your details or dollars.

Don't be lured by a surprise win. These scams try to trick you into giving money upfront or your personal information in order to receive a prize from a lottery or competition that you never entered.

For immediate Police assistance call 000. To report information about a crime contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

South Mitchell Neighbourhood Watch next meeting – July 25th at 7pm

Location: LB Davern Reserve Dry Creek Cres., Wandong.

South Mitchell Neighbourhood Watch email address: secretary.smnhw@gmail.com