More time at home has phone call scams on the up, and more reason to think about who’s calling and what they’re saying.
“I’m calling from the security department of Visa and MasterCard,” the scammer calls out from the other end of the line. It’s lockdown in August, and clearly scammers are trying hard to get the money of Australians.
However, this call comes from a local mobile number, and thus comes across a little more convincing.
It’s no wonder then that already in 2021, criminals have managed to nab over $52 million AUD from Australians just from phone scams, with over 80,000 reports filed thus far, according to the ACCC’s Scamwatch project. That’s the financial amount of both email and internet scams added up for Australians this year, and more reports than in any other category. Even the massive amount of fake voicemail texts doesn’t quite add up to the number of phone scams being made.