From bogus lottery wins to helping Nigerian widows to move their millions around the world we’ve all encoutered emails or letters trying to entice us to part with our hard earned dollars.

Scamming is big business with people across the planet getting stung every day.  

We’ve known for some time that seniors in our community are often targeted with postal, phone and door-to-door scams but a new threat is emerging with the number of seniors going online. A lot of seniors are unaware of the many scams perpetrated through the Internet.

Thankfully ScamNet is a website that can help people identify scams and hold onto their money. ScamNet is a Western Australian website but it has helped people in dozens of countries because the same scams seem to find us no matter where we are in the world.

Many of ScamNet’s regular contributors, who send in postal and email scams, are seniors themselves who want to alert others to these scams.

This morning on 98.5 Sonshine FM I spoke to Brian Grindrod, Organisational Development Manager – Alzheimers Australia WA and Gay McNamara, a journalist with the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection about a joint project based on avoiding scams.

If you’d like to hear about how you can avoid being ripped off you can listen to our conversation using the media player below.

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About the author

Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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