Scams can happen to anyone
In 2022 Australians lost $3.1 billion to scammers.
From ‘Hi mum’ text messages, to PayID or tax-time scams, most scams involve some form of online payment, and many are linked to fake investment advertising on social media platforms or criminals exploiting telecommunications services.
Scammers do not discriminate in who they target – small business owners, mums and dads, sporting professionals – lives can change in a split-second.
A footballer’s story
AFL footballer and NAB customer Jacob Weitering lost his life savings to a sophisticated phone scam. It all started with a simple text message.
“They went through the suspicious transaction and played on my emotions a little bit. It was perfect. The text, the caller ID, the blocking of the suspicious transaction.”
NAB CEO Ross McEwan said Jacob’s story highlighted that scams can happen to anyone.
“Scammers are sophisticated criminals who are determined to steal your money and will not stop trying,” Mr McEwan said.
Read Jacob’s full story.