Watch out for social media scams

Older people are being warned to take care about how they use the internet.

In the lead-up to National Consumer Fraud Week next month, consumer watchdog the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said Australians lost more than $9 million to scams in 2016, three times more than the previous year.

The annual National Consumer Fraud Week campaign will be held 15-19 May, with the theme Scams through social media.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of scams and how to avoid them.

The ACCC said seniors were often targeted by dating and romance, buying and selling,and lottery scammers. Visit the Scamwatch website for more information.

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