'It's worrying that the fear of being scammed
is stopping New Zealanders going online.
Remember, anyone could fall victim and no one is too smart to be scammed
. Always ask yourself, could this be a scam?
"Remember, anyone could fall victim and no one is 'too smart to be scammed
People who think they have, or are being, scammed
online can now get help from its Scams Action group by calling its fraud team on 0300 3303003,or its online web support.
| Don't think you are immune to being scammed
or that it can't happen to you.
National Citizens Advice revealed a 17% rise during the first two months of this year in the number of people being scammed
after purchasing "phantom goods" - high value items purchased online which turn out not to exist.
And finally, if you've been scammed
, don't let it go - it's not embarrassing to say you were scammed
, and it will help prevent further scams if you act.
Earlier this month, dozens of people were arrested in India for running a (http://www.ibtimes.com/indian-fake-call-centers-scam-americans-millions-dollars-70-suspects-arrested-2427340) fake call center that scammed
Reasons for victims not reporting these scams can include not realising they are a victim of a scam; being embarrassed to admit they have been scammed
in this way; and valuing their interaction too much to report it.
HAVE you been scammed
? I'd like to ask for your readers' help to alert the general public to the dangers of scams against over 50s.
An estimated $1.7 billion is scammed
from American citizens every year, and that number is likely only a fraction of the actual amount since most scams are not reported to authorities, said Bill Warnisher of the Lane County District Attorney's Office.