In the wake of disaster, scammers strike
Extreme situations bring out extreme behaviour.
So far we have seen heroism, desperation, and stoicism. Grief and relief.
And now we’re seeing the lowest of the low – scammers pretending to be collecting money for flood victims.
The SES and Major-General Mick Slater, the man in charge of Queensland’s recovery, says these people are phoning and asking for donations. And, Australians being generous in times like this, they’re giving to these bastards.
You name the crisis, there will be unscrupulous individuals sneaking in to take advantage.
It’s so predictable that SCAMwatch warned in advance that it might happen, based on similar outrages during the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
The Office of Fair Trading is also warning about dodgy traders peddling shoddy work in the wake of the devastating floods.
So watch out, wherever you are. Check for ID before giving – and remember that the SES is not cold calling for donations.
If someone approaches you, take their details down. Snap a pic. Dob them in.
And if you want to donate, go through reputable channels.
For more details on avoiding getting scammed and donating safely check out Scamwatch.
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