When: COG SLG Wednesday, 10 July, 10 am – 12.00 pm
Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2
What: This is your meeting, so please bring your questions: Michael Munro will facilitate. Special Learning Groups (SLG) are free to all SeniorNet Wellington members.
“Scams have serious financial implications – sometimes a victim’s entire life savings can be gone before they realise they’ve been scammed. Less visible is the psychological toll that comes from the embarrassment, grief, loss of face and family breakdown,” says Mr Foss.
Three years of combined scam reports have shown that:
- Reported losses are growing year on year
- Dating and investment scams show the highest reported losses
- Reported losses when buying and selling online continue to increase every year.
“Seniors may have more available cash, they are more likely to travel and may be less internet and social media-savvy than the younger generation, which makes them particularly vulnerable to certain types of scams. They are also more likely to lose money to online travel/accommodation scams, are twice as likely as other age groups to lose money to investment scams and are four times as likely to fall prey to dating scams,” says Mr Foss.
Mr Foss will officially launch Fraud Awareness Week 2013 at the Scamscape Conference in Wellington today, co-hosted by MBIE and Trade Me.
To report a scam visit www.scamwatch.govt.nz