Seniors from Maitland were recently briefed with the best tips and tricks to avoid common scams.
Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC joined specialist NSW Fair Trading staff at Fresh Hope Care Green Hills yesterday to raise awareness with seniors about dodgy tradies and cunning con artists.
Mr MacDonald said those aged over 65 were more likely than younger people to become victims of scams.
“Last year, across Australia, there were about 6,700 reports of scams against 18 to 24-year-olds who lost a total of about $2.4 million,” Mr MacDonald said.
“By comparison, there were more than 25,000 reports of scams against people aged 65 and over for a total loss of around $17.5 million – that’s eight times as much as their younger counterparts.
“There are many theories as to why older people are more susceptible to scams, ranging from a lack of internet savvy to being more trusting, but one thing’s certain, getting fleeced by a scammer can have a devastating impact.”
At the Fair Trading seminar, residents learned about the many different types of scams, including investment “opportunities”; romance scams; non-existent government rebates; and fake lotteries.
Mr Kean said he was proud to see Fair Trading staff in Maitland sharing their expert knowledge on how to avoid scammers.
“It’s important that we spread awareness of scams and educate vulnerable members of the community so they can identify and protect themselves from dodgy businesses,” Mr Kean said.
For more information, visit www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au