If these forms of robbery were not profitable, they would have stopped by themselves. Unfortunately, it’s the common person who makes them profitable. The Australian government and associated entities that have tried to stop those behind these criminal acts have all failed.
In Russia they call this sort of thing ‘creative marketing’ and there are no rules to stop it.
Australians get scammed out of many millions of dollars every year because highly trained people prey on those bought up to think humanity is basically good.
The internet has made this belief into a real disadvantage by allowing criminals to exploit our naivety over and over again and at almost no cost to them. AI is going to make things worse.
Given the millions of contacts looking to scam you out of something, the number who lose is very small.
DON’T BE ONE OF THOSE WHO LOSE. If you are in any way concerned just hang up, and keep hanging up.
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