The Tumby Bay District and Community Bank and Cleve Agency are hosting seminars on fraud awareness for Cleve and Tumby Bay residents.
Each seminar will include guest speakers from the Lincoln Computer Centre and SA Police, and a light supper.
The seminar comes after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) reported that South Australians lost more than $1.2 million to romance scams last year.
In recent months, several Cleve residents have lost large sums of money to scams, with culprits often impersonating telecommunications services.
The free event is held at the Cleve Bowling Club on February 21 from 6.30pm, and the Tumby Bay Senior Citizen’s Club on February 28 at 6.30pm, for which attendees will need to RSVP to the bank by February 18 for Cleve and February 25 for Tumby Bay.
Branch manager at the Tumby Bay District and Community Bank Judy Arbery said the seminar will provide insight to the various types of scams that can happen.
“We do see a lot of unauthorised transactions on bank accounts...we’ll be doing a presentation on how to protect your account and personal details like your online login and PIN number,” she said.
She said that too often people get scammed through unauthorised transactions, fake charities, threats and extortion, love scams, and fake lottery scams.
“You don’t have to be stupid to be scammed...these are very intelligent people that know what they are doing,” she said.
She said elderly people can also get distressed in certain scam cases where they are given a deadline to provide details or send money, and that the bank always looks for the signs of a scam, including skimming items on ATMs or eftpos machines.
“If someone is doing an overseas transfer, we make sure we talk to the customer to find out how well they know the person they are transferring money to,’ she said.
She also said individuals need to be vigilant in checking card and bank statements for even the smallest amount of money that has been transferred from accounts.
Ms Arbery said the scam seminar will also cover things about protecting your computer from viruses, and local police are also expected to give some background on the types of scams they have investigated.