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Record losses expected as scammers target Australians
RECORD LOSSES EXPECTED AS SCAMMERS TARGET AUSTRALIANS

12 August 2019

Australians are set to lose a record amount to scams in 2019, with projections from losses reported to Scamwatch and other government agencies so far expected to exceed $532 million by the end of the year, surpassing half a billion dollars for the first time.

This year’s National Scams Awareness Week (12-16 August) theme is ‘too smart to be scammed?’ and the ACCC, along with over 100 campaign partners from government and industry, is urging consumers to test their scams knowledge and refresh their scam protection and detection skills.

“Many people are confident they would never fall for a scam but often it’s this sense of confidence that scammers target,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

“People need to update their idea of what a scam is so that we are less vulnerable. Scammers are professional businesses dedicated to ripping us off. They have call centres with convincing scripts, staff training programs, and corporate performance indicators their ‘employees’ need to meet.”

Investment scams are one of the most sophisticated and convincing scams and continue to have the highest losses. Nearly half of all investment scams reported this year resulted in a financial loss.

These scams are prominent on social media, with ‘Facebook lottery’ scams, the ‘Loom’ pyramid scheme, and cryptocurrency scams particularly common.

Cryptocurrency investment scams have seen record losses, with reports to the ACCC alone of $14.76 million between January and July 2019. Many use social media platforms, fake celebrity endorsements or fake online trading platforms that are made to look legitimate.

Protection advice

“Our advice is to be wary of ads you see on the internet. Don’t be persuaded by celebrity endorsements or ‘not to be missed’ opportunities. You never know for certain who you’re dealing with or whether they’re credible,” Ms Rickard said.

“If you think you’re speaking to a friend on social media, call them, or find another way to contact them before acting on any advice that might result in you giving away your personal details or money.”

Scamwatch also suggests that people check ASIC's list of companies you should not deal with. If the company that contacted you is on the list — do not deal with them, and even if they are not listed, continue researching and speak to a financial advisor before investing.

Be vigilant on social media, when shopping online and when answering the phone, and never give anyone who has contacted you out of the blue your personal details, banking details or remote access to your computer, no matter who they say they are. It’s best to assume scammers are everywhere, waiting for you to let your guard down.

“Remember, anyone could fall victim and no one is ‘too smart to be scammed’. Always ask yourself, ‘could this be a scam?’ and if you’re ever in doubt, decline the contact or hang up the phone — it’s often the safest option,” Ms Rickard said.

The ACCC has produced a series of videos with tips and tricks on how to spot a scam, and to test people’s awareness of scams. The full series is also available on YouTube.

You can also follow @scamwatch_gov on Twitter and subscribe to Scamwatch radar alerts.
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16 Proctor Street
Woomelang, Vic 3485

Contact us:

p: (03) 5081 2165
f:  (03) 5081 2001
ewoombnc@bigpond.com (enquiries only)

In an Emergency,  call 000

For out of hours services, or if the Centre is closed for any reason, you can contact Nurse On Call on 1300 60 60 24. Calls are charged at a local call rate (mobile charges may apply).

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Hours:

9.00 am – 5.00 pm, Mon – Fri.

Accreditation

The Woomelang Bush Nursing Centre is accredited by the Quality Improvement Council.

 Our facilities:

Accessible toilet
Free parking
Wheelchair access

About the BNC

The Bush Nursing Centre provides primary and emergency care as well as community health and support services.

Fees

The Bush Nursing Centre operates on a membership system. There is also a nominal fee charged to members for some services; non-members also pay a fee. The current fee schedule is displayed on the Centre notice-board.

Our Services

Clinical Services

Bush Nursing Centre
Accident & Emergency services (during centre hours, 9am – 5pm), and a wide range of primary health, health promotion and community support programs.
Doctors

The centre has a Doctor available for consultation:

Dr Ros McCallum from Mallee Track Health and Community Service, Sea Lake, attends on Wednesdays, fortnightly. Contact Sea Lake on (03) 5070 2118 for an appointment.

Transport

Volunteer drivers are available to take clients to appointments if they have no other transport options available. Please contact us to make use of this service. A fee applies; the amount depends on the distance.

Community Health & Support Services

We distribute a regular newsletter with upcoming events and health promotion activities to each household in the area. Copies are also available from the Centre. Notices of special events, Centre closures and special services will also be posted on the Community Noticeboard in Brooke Street, on the Noticeboard in Proctor Street at the entrance to the Centre, and on the internal Centre noticeboard.

Please contact us to find out more about any of these services, or pick up our information booklet at the Centre:

  • My Aged Care
  • Aids & Equipment – limited number available for loan
  • BreastScreen – annual bus run
  • Community Health Nurses
  • Continence Care & Information
  • Diabetes Educator & Dietician
  • Home Nursing Service
  • Health Promotion
  • Maternal & Child Health (inc. Story Time for preschoolers)
  • Optometry
  • Palliative Care
  • Pharmacy Depot
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Wimmera Hearing Society