Here's how to spot a scam and what you can do if you get duped according to an expert

In today's digital age, it's crucial to protect ourselves from the increasing threat of online scams. Scammers have become more sophisticated, targeting unsuspecting individuals with their deceitful tactics. Jono and Ben from The Hits Breakfast show recently spoke with Sean from Netsafe, who highlighted the alarming rise in online scams and emphasized the need for greater awareness and caution. 

One prevalent scam making the rounds involves a fake text supposedly from NZTA, tricking people into believing they owe an unpaid road toll. It's important to note that these scams don't discriminate based on age or technological savviness, as even tech-savvy individuals have fallen victim to them. 

For example, Producer Tayla shared her unfortunate experience of being scammed out of $1,800. She received a seemingly legitimate government message that convinced her to click a link and provide her personal details. Scammers are no longer limited to poorly written emails and obvious scams. They have become experts at creating authentic-looking emails, texts, and even phone calls, exploiting our vulnerabilities. 

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So, how can we protect ourselves from these scams? Sean from Netsafe advises taking immediate action if you suspect you've been scammed. If you made a payment, consider the money gone and contact your bank to cancel any transactions. Additionally, be cautious of subsequent emails or texts requesting sensitive information and double-check their legitimacy.  

Awareness is key in combating scammers' ever-evolving tactics. By staying informed, skeptical of unsolicited messages, and minimizing the chances of being deceived, we can create a safer online environment and protect our hard-earned money and personal information. 

Scammers may be persistent, but organizations like Netsafe are working tirelessly to combat scams and provide guidance to victims.  

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