Title ABC Radio National Breakfast Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet ABC Radio National Media type Radio Duration/Length/Size 7 min Country/Territory Australia Date 24/10/17 Description This 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.
URL https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/brain-injured-man-loses-tens-of-thousands/9079210 Persons Kate Gould