Let’s talk scams” is the theme adopted by more than 350 partners across government, private and community organisations who have joined the fight against scams in this year’s national Scams Awareness Week.

Scam Awareness Week opened on Monday (8 November) and will run until 12 November with the aim of the campaign by the ACCC and iits 350 parters of encouraging open and honest conversations about scams to help people detect, prevent, and avoid scams.

“The more we talk about scams, the more awareness we have, and the harder it is for scammers to steal our money or personal information,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

“There is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed about being scammed, because it can happen to anyone, but sharing your experiences with others can help disrupt and prevent scams.

“Scams can affect anyone, and data from the reports we receive at Scamwatch shows how easy it is to fall for a scam,” Rickard said.

The ACCC reports that so far this year, Australians have already lost over $236 million to scams and, while people aged 65 and older still have the highest losses (15.6 per cent) and are losing the most money, an increasing number of reports are coming from younger age groups.

People aged 35 to 44 had the second highest number of reports (15.3 per cent), followed by people aged 25 to 34 (14.4 per cent), which the ACCC says shows scams can impact people of all ages.

According to the ACCC there have been a…

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