Police to bolster scam awareness next week

Scams Awareness Week will launch on Monday, encompassing an annual campaign aimed at helping consumers to identify and avoid scams. This year’s theme is targeting ‘impersonation scams’.

Anecdotally, approximately 80 per cent of all scams reported to Scamwatch include some form of impersonation of a legitimate entity.

Scammers often impersonate a person, an organisation or brand, which may be received online, via email, phone calls or text messages.

This year South Australia Police’s Financial and Cybercrime Investigation Branch is focusing on five major scams costing South Australians: sextortion, employment scams, business email compromise, romance and marketplace scams.

The campaign for Scams Awareness Week will include daily media releases, and a strong social media presence to educate and empower consumers to protect their personal and financial information in an increasingly digital environment.

Run by The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on behalf of the Scam Awareness Network (SAN), this year’s national awareness week will be the first delivered by the National Anti-Scam Centre.

Tune into SAPOL’s various social media platforms to see valuable scam prevention tips and advice, or visit SAPOL website for in-depth information on this year’s targeted scams.

For more information about scams or to report a cybercrime, visit the Report Cyber or Scamwatch websites.

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