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Australians lose record sum to scams over one year

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Australians lost a record $340 million to scammers in 2017.

The figure, released by the ACCC, is up $40 million year on year.

On average, victims lost $6500 but in some cases individuals lost more than $1 million.

The top rorts are investment scams, with a loss of almost $65 million, followed by dating and romantic scams with a loss of $42 million.

Men were more affected by investment scams, whereas women were more affected by dating scams.

The highest reported losses were in the 55-64 age bracket, making up almost 30 per cent of all reports.

Forty percent of scammers contacted their victims via phone and 31 per cent by email.

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