Police have seen an increase in the number of online scams targeting locals in recent times.

We recommend you take steps to protect yourself from scams:

Protect your identify: Never send out personal details, credit card or banking details. Scammers can steal your details to commit fraud offences and steal your money.

Keep your computer secure: Install software that protects your computer from viruses and unwanted programs. Make sure it is kept up-to-date. Delete unsolicited emails immediately and don’t open attachments or click on links.

Investigate: If you are unsure about whether or not you have received a legitimate request, call the organisation. Ensure that you conduct your own searches to find contact details. Don’t rely on contacts provided to you in what could potentially be a scam email or phone call.

Only pay via secure payment methods: Look for a web address starting with ‘https’ and a closed padlock symbol. Never use a wire transfer service to send money to anyone you do not know and trust. Do not share your financial details with anyone. Investigate before you part with your hard-earned money.

Report: Notify SCAM watch and tell family and friends to be on the lookout.

If you are not familiar with computers, then the best way to get on board is to educate yourself. Knowledge is power! Check with your local Council or Library for computer awareness courses.

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