What’s the world coming to?

Commenting on the sad state of the world 50 years ago, an old friend of mine said “Things have never been more like they were than they are now!” Nothing much seems to have changed since then except…. One thing that has changed is the increase in scams aiming to defraud unsuspecting individuals of their identity and assets. You probably received a letter recently from four very senior public people providing good advice on how to protect yourself from these nasty scammers.

Did you do anything about it??

If you didn’t, then take a look TODAY AT WEBSITE www.moneysmart.gov.au, the official site of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). It is easy to access, free and exists to help you guard against scams of all kinds. It can also help you in many other matters like preparing a budget or checking on financial terms. You can even take a free subscription to the Newsletter.

Friends, don’t get caught! Arm your computer now. Update your anti-virus and other protective programs frequently, but most of all arm yourself: be SUSPICIOUS of all unsolicited emails, letters, phone calls or invitations to visit seemingly well-known websites and DELETE them immediately. Your editor received a fake email purporting to be from Westpac bank a few days ago, so be warned! Those scoundrels are on the way!

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