Stats for WA
During 2011, 38,400 West Australian consumers contacted Consumer Protection either by phone or email about scams.
366 victims reported losing a total of $4.12 million dollars.
Romance scams accounted for $1.2 million in losses reported by 40 consumers.
It’s believed these figures indicate only a tip of the iceberg of the money lost from the economy, most of which went overseas. Around the nation the ACCC has announced that there were 80,000 scams reported to SCAMwatch in 2011 and a reported loss of $85 million.