Queenslanders warned that financial scams are on the rise

We’re being reminded to be wary of scams, with new data finding that 62 per cent of Queenslanders have been targetted or knew someone who’d been targetted by scammers.

The RACQ says that around 22 per cent of people surveyed had actually lost money as a result of a scam.

Spokesperson Lucinda Ross said it was crucial people protected their personal information.


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“Unfortunately, we’re hearing about this all too often from our members and these scams seem to be getting more and more sophisticated and harder to recognise.

“Scams can come in many forms, with victims often contacted through emails, phone calls, text messages and social media.

“Scammers pose as legitimate organisations like banks, insurance companies, health or government bodies to gain your trust and then take advantage of you,” Ms Ross said.

We’re being told that there are a few simple steps to protect ourselves from scammers.

“While 87 per cent of people surveyed who have been scammed, or knew a victim of a scam, said they were more cautious after the incident, we all need to be on alert,” she said.

“Remember to always trust your gut. If you’re concerned about the legitimacy of a call, hang up and ring the relevant organisation back directly.

“Never give out passwords or personal information, don’t click on links in texts or emails from people you don’t know, never send money to anyone you haven’t met and don’t give strangers access to your computer or mobile phone.

“Victims can sometimes feel embarrassed to come forward and admit they’ve been conned, but remember scammers can be very convincing and anyone can be fooled.

“If you notice a suspicious transaction, don’t delay in contacting your bank. The sooner they know about the fraudulent activity, the sooner they can take action,” Ms Ross said.