“The more we talk about scams, the more awareness we have, and the harder it is for scammers to steal our money or personal information,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
Having seen the trauma from the loss of information and loss of finance that people through deception have been scammed out of I agree it is time we talk about it more. The more awareness we bring to the deception and scams that are being run against people the more we can educate them on what to look for or do to help avoid being scammed. The purpose of this blog is to do exactly that, using real life examples I have seen helping those who have been scammed.
“Let no man deceive you with vain words”
I am a private investigator and cyber security specialist. As such I get called on to help people who have been scammed as well as those who ARE being scammed to help with the situation. Sometimes family and friends of those who are being scammed need help to reach the person who is being scammed. I have helped out with clients in that situation.
Why I am writing this blog
As the success for scammers is increasing, combined with the ability to not get caught easily using technology today, scams are becoming ever more prevalent. This can range from basic fraudulent claims (cleaning fees or fake fines) through to multi million dollar deals with no substance (oil transactions overseas backed by paper and not actual oil). I felt I needed to do more to raise awareness of the scams people run and provide some basic techniques to help detect if you are being scammed.
My hope is that the information on this site and the stories form the real examples that I have seen allow people to learn how to protect themselves from being taken advantage of by scammers.