Australians lost a staggering $3 billion to scammers last year, surpassing any previous year. That’s equivalent to the cost of rebuilding three new hospitals, according to the latest Targeting Scams report from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

As scammers become increasingly sophisticated in their tactics, it is all the more crucial that Australians remain vigilant and act quickly if they think they have been scammed.

To assist residents in her electorate, Member for Werriwa Anne Stanley MP will host a Community Forum on scams with Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services, Stephen Jones.

“Scams are increasingly difficult to recognise and are becoming more frequent. Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant and aware,” Ms Stanley said.

The forum will be an opportunity for people to learn ways to protect themselves from scams, know what to do if they are targeted by a scam, and hear about the steps the government is taking to crackdown on this crime.

The forum will be held on Thursday 22 February 2024 from 10:00am to 11:30am at the Liverpool Catholic Club.

Those unable to attend but are concerned about scams, can always pick up a copy of the ACCC’s The Little Black Book of Scams handbook with useful information from Ms Stanley’s office.

Spots are for the forum are limited, so if you are interested in attending, contact Ms Stanley’s office at (02) 8783 0977 or Anne.Stanley.MP@aph.gov.au.