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Scammers are increasingly using fake charities or impersonating real charities to take advantage of people’s generosity and compassion, with losses reported to the ACCC’s Scamwatch increasing steadily over the past four years.

Nearly $82 million was lost to scams in 2014, and many included some form of identity fraud. The theme of National Consumer Fraud Week 2015 is ‘get smarter with your data’.

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