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Frightening scam targeting mothers is on the rise

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Authorities say a frightening scam targeting mothers is on the rise, so how can you stay safe?

Criminals are constantly coming up with new ways to rob us of our hard earned cash.

One scam that’s seemingly growing in popularity at the moment is known as the ‘Hi Mum’ tactic.

Dating back to January, this particular method preys on the most sacred relationship – a bond between a mother and her child.

It alone has helped criminals steal a whopping $7.2 million from 11,000 Australians – and this is only what’s been reported to authorities.

So what is it and what do you need to be on the look out for?

Usually, the scammers will send a WhatsApp or a text message from an unknown number, impersonating a child.

It will read something along the lines of “Hi Mum, I’ve lost my phone – and I’m using this number for now.”

Once they receive a response, the criminals continue to message and eventually ask for personal information or a funds transfer.

Victims will then transfer funds to bank accounts provided, which are often fraudulent.

At this stage it’s too late, your money is gone.

So how can you protect yourself?

  1. Always do your best to verify someone’s identity if they contact you out of nowhere
  2. Ask the question – has your child actually lost their phone?
  3. Try contacting your child another way – via social media, email or even just give them a call
  4. Never send money unless you’re absolutely sure you know who you are sending it to

ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard says “it’s important to stop and think if you get a message, especially on WhatsApp, because chances are it’s not your family member or friend – it’s a scammer.”

It’s scamming season and we all need to be extra vigilant.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Future Airplane Design

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What will the next generation of aircraft look like?

 
From the dawn of time, man has dreamed of flying.

Now, more than 100 years since the first flight, airlines and aircraft manufacturers are trying to work out the future of flight.

This Ticker Original takes you behind the scenes as designers look to the future of flight. #aviation #boeing #aircraft

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From Dubai to New York, these are the world’s tallest buildings.

 
Look up, and see the future.

This Ticker Original goes in depth into the world of super construction.

Across continents and across the decades, this is how engineers and builders pushed the limits of design to reach even higher.

This Ticker Original explores how it happened. #towers #skyscrapers #tall buildings

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A.I. to be used to detect fires in Colorado

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A Colorado Senate committee has voted to use A.I. to detect blazes before they burn out of control

 
The $2 million pilot program would involve putting cameras on mountaintops, and using the technology to detect the early signs of a wildfire.

The deployment of A.I. is part of an ongoing effort by firefighters, to use new tech to become smarter about how they prepare and better position their resources.

Lookout towers once staffed by humans have largely been replaced by cameras in remote areas, many of them in high-definition and armed with artificial intelligence to discern a smoke plume from morning fog.

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