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Scams on the rise in the Highlands

September 4, 2023 11:33 am in by
Officer of Stephen Jones

New data from Australia’s national identity and cyber incident community support service IDCARE shows the Southern Highlands is a hotspot for scammers.

In the first half of this year, Wingecarribee residents lost more than $1.32 million dollars to scams.

That involved 137 individual cases and 438 community engagements.

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The average loss across the Wingecarribee was $102,289 ( average is calculated for people that suffered financial loss only ).

In other LGA’s, more than $1.3 million dollars was lost in Wollongong.

In Shellharbour it was $246,000 and in Kiama $111,000.

Member for Whitlam and Assistant Treasurer Stephen Jones had the following to say:

“Our nation is facing a scamdemic, and what this data shows is that Illawarra and Southern Highlands residents are not immune to these criminals.”

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