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Little black book of scams revealed

Date: February 25, 2008

NSW police and the state government have issued a warning to computer users about seduction scams aimed at stealing money or identities.

The warning coincides with the annual release of the "little black book of scams" as part of a national scam awareness campaign.

NSW Police Fraud Squad Commander Col Dyson said computer users should be wary of giving out personal details over the internet or clicking on pop ups which could send a virus to your computer.

"Just because someone is asking for your personal details, doesn't mean you should hand them over, whether it's a holiday or a hot date, the offer might be a scam," Supt Dyson said.

He said many scams were designed to trick people into giving their personal details by using phone, email, mail and door-to-door campaigns.

The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) consumer fraud taskforce issued a statement saying organised crime syndicates were now using scams or mass market global fraud as part of a lucrative new business.

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