This week on Insight, guest host Ricardo Goncalves hears from those ripped off by scammers.
Australians have reportedly been scammed out of a massive $489 million in 2018 with investment scams and romance scams topping the chart. And this is only the tip of the iceberg. So how do Australians protect themselves and what recourse is there if you do get scammed?
“I became trapped to the point where I didn’t know what else to do. I used to go into churches and places and cry.”
“So we thought it’s a good investment to do it. But we lost hundreds of thousands, absolutely hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
“I don’t think scammers take any notice of laws. They break a zillion laws all the time. I think we have to find better ways to stop them reaching people in the first place.”
“I don’t think people really understand just how sophisticated the scams are. People thought that I just got an invoice in my inbox randomly and I paid it. It was far more sophisticated than that, it went over a series of months.”
8:30pm tonight on SBS.