There is a science to the art of the scam. If you can spot the fraudster's 'tells', you can avoid becoming a victim.
Fraudsters use specific social engineering tactics to gain the trust of their victims.
Australians have lost more than $76 million to fraud so far this year. These are the tactics that online offenders use to dupe their victims.
These scammers don’t exploit technological vulnerabilities – they exploit human ones.
A number of factors – from our eagerness to place trust in people to our overconfidence in our own intelligence – make us easy prey.
Is it a scam?
Scam emails and phone calls are on the rise as it becomes ever easier to orchestrate fraud from anywhere in the world. New research sheds light on what makes some of us more susceptible than others.
Millions of dollars lost in fraud in 2017, up on the year before.
The amount of money lost to fraud in Australia continues to rise, and scammers are developing new ways to target victims. It's a warning to all to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.
If you understand how one scam works, you’ll be less likely to fall for similarly attractive traps.
Romance fraudsters trap their victims using use similar techniques to those seen in domestic violence cases.
Why do people continue to send money when caught in any online romance scam? Researchers are now finding the techniques these fraudsters use are similar to those in domestic violence cases.
Jamaica’s lotto scammers have gotten rich tricking American seniors and gamblers into thinking they’ve won the lotto, then demanding a modest ‘processing fee.’
Lotto scamming — a criminal enterprise largely targeting elderly Americans — is lucrative in western Jamaica, where it is thought to be behind 50 percent of all area murders last year.
‘I don’t care what they say about me,’ P.T. Barnum once said, ‘as long as they spell my name correctly.’
The new movie about P.T. Barnum couldn’t come at a better time: It's impossible not to see his ghost in our culture, in our advertisements and in our president.
Confidence scams carried out online are still rampant.
R. Stevens/CREST Research
Cybercrime affects individuals and families as they navigate online life. But significant efforts focus instead on cybersecurity, protecting institutional networks and systems – rather than people.
Scammers target people who crave social contact.
Phishing for information and money.
You know it's a serious problem when even Google and Paypal have been targeted.
Hogarthian image of the South Sea Bubble.
Edmund Matthew Ward (1816-1879)
Reports of the time gave the financial scandal what were considered to be female attributes.
Authorities need to do more when people try to report they’re a victim of online fraud.
Victims of online fraud say they're passed from one authority to another when they try to report it, and they're still made to feel they are to blame for being caught out by a scam.
Internet scamming is proving to be an attractive career to a considerable number of Nigerian students.
Internet fraud – or ‘yahoo-yahoo’ – has become a way of life for some young Nigerian con-artists.
Online scammers use a number of tricks to recruit victims.
It's bad enough when someone loses money to an online scam. But some victims can also recruit others into the scam causing even further heartache and loss of money.
Phishing for your password.
Crooks exploit natural human tendencies to con you out of your money.
The scammers are changing the way they can trick people out of their savings.
Reports of a drop in the number of people caught in online fraud is to be welcomed. But scammers are already changing their plans to bypass existing safeguards.
What if the police told you that you were being scammed – would you continue to send money?
An estimated A$75,000 is lost by Australians everyday to online fraud but police are having some success in alerting people before they even know they're being scammed.
It could happen to anyone – there’s no stereotype in the victims of online romance scams.
Online dating and romance scams continue to lure in Australians with figures this week showing people have lost more than A$23 million this year alone, with average individual losses at A$21,000 – three…