New scam support sheds light on psychological methods used by online criminals


The feeling of falling victim to a scam can be devastating for the individual and their families and that’s before any material losses.

Lockdowns have seen a drastic rise in the number of ways online criminals are targeting everyday people and as soon as one gets reported another scam is unleashed.

Whether it’s TV licence scams, fraudulent post office texts or Twitter romances gone bad, each attempt is more sophisticated than the last.

This has triggered a ScamSmart campaign that encourages people to do their research before handing over any cash – and report frauds and suspicious firms.

And a part of that campaign is offering insight into the physiological tactics used by criminals to manipulate us into parting with our money.

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Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos is supporting ScamSmart and…

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