Taree Probus Club members are now more aware of potential scams following the address from guest speaker, Jodi Kemp representing Fair Trading, from Port Macquarie office of Service NSW.
Jodi's message was that anyone can be scammed, with seniors most at risk. Her advice was don't respond to suspicious emails, letters, phone calls or SMSs, press delete, shut the door or ignore.
Scammers use sophisticated tricks to catch the unaware. By playing on people's emotions, they can get what they want.
Members were advised to protect their identity, update antivirus software is important, unsubscribe to junk, be aware of unsolicited contact such as a door knock regarding solar panels, driveway repairs, trimming trees or roof painters etc.
Jodi also advised they have a dispute resolution service, and to register complaints, and by registering you receive a regular updated list of complaints registered, or check "Scamwatch" for scams across Australia.
For anyone shopping online Jodi suggested getting a credit card only for that purpose, but above all be careful. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, ignore.
Alan Martin thanked Jodi for her informative message and her contribution to the day's meeting.
New members would be most welcome to join with Taree Probus Club on the third Tuesday of each month, at Club West, and hear more speakers like Jodi. If any retired men are interested they can phone John on 6561 019 or Alan on 6553 9298 for more details.
Alan Green the Taree Probus Club's publicity officer
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