Brain injured man loses tens of thousands in online romance scam, ABC Radio National, 24th October 2017

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Interview by Radio National - Breakfast about my work as a neuropsychologist, supporting 'Col' who has a brain injury and was the victim of an online dating scam.

Period24 Oct 2017

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  • TitleABC Radio National Breakfast
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletABC Radio National
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/Size7 min
    DescriptionThis week a relatively new internet scam surfaced — advertisements designed to trick buyers into paying for pedigree puppies that don't exist.

    The consumer regulator, the ACCC, has received more than 600 reports of online puppy scams since January — with victims handing over a total of nearly $330,000.

    And that's just one way people have been tricked out of their money — so far this year, Australians have lost a total of almost $65 million to scams, according to the ACCC.

    But while we're all vulnerable — some are more vulnerable than others and there's concern that a significant group of people with brain injuries are particularly susceptible.

    Col, who lost tens of thousands of dollars in the scam, is calling for better education about scams for vulnerable Australians.
    PersonsKate Gould