Scammers don’t discriminate. No one expects they'll be scammed, but anyone can fall for one, especially as scams become more sophisticated.
You're not alone
More than 19,000 Victorians reported a scam in 2014. If you've been scammed, it can help to talk about how you’re feeling with someone you trust. If you experience depression or anxiety as a result of being scammed, you can seek professional help from:
Men can find specialised support by visiting the Victorian Men's Shed Association website.
Joy paid for accommodation before arriving to study in Melbourne - only to find that the address didn't exist. Watch her story to find out more.
Video transcript: Advice for renters - Joy's story (Word, 86KB)
Maria lost thousands of dollars in a romance scam. Watch her story, as she explains how to look for signs that things may not be as they seem.
To hear more from people affected by scams, view our Real stories page.
Video transcript: Online dating scams - Maria's story (Word, 33KB)
Share your story
Your story can help warn and educate other Victorians about scams. The more we all talk about scams, the more informed we become and the harder it is for scammers to operate. View our Share your story page.
To stay scam savvy:
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