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National cyber support service hosts scam awareness clinic in Manjimup

Daniel HockingManjimup-Bridgetown Times
IDCARE presenter Rob Blackmore running through his Cyber Resilience Outreach Clinic (CROC).
Camera IconIDCARE presenter Rob Blackmore running through his Cyber Resilience Outreach Clinic (CROC). Credit: Supplied

Workshops about cybercrime, scams and identity theft resilience came to Manjimup, through Australia’s national identity and cyber support Service, IDCARE.

As part of IDCARE’s Cyber Resilience Outreach Clinic Program (CROC), the organisation has partnered with bank Westpac to connect with vulnerable regional and rural communities across the country that are at risk of being targeted by cyber criminals.

The Wellness and Respite Centre in Manjimup was one of the stops in the South West for the CROC, with both organisations hosting a cyber resilience presentation for community members on Tuesday.

Westpac Manjimup bank manager, Rob Blechynden, said collaborating with IDCARE would help Aussie communities to prevent scams and fraud.

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“Westpac’s partnership with IDCARE is an important step to educate local communities on scam prevention strategies and I’m pleased to witness our branch’s involvement in getting the message out there,” he said.

IDCARE’s Cyber Security clinician, Rob Blackmore, said scammers often targeted people who were more isolated, making those living in regional and remote areas more at risk.

“We’re really excited to be partnering with Westpac as we travel around the country,” he said.

“Our clinics aim to not only build greater awareness, but also extend vital support services to help combat the impact of scams and identity theft in regional and rural communities.”

IDCARE has found that for those Australians living in regional and remote communities, the victimisation rates are almost three times more prevalent than their city counterparts, and the average financial losses are 49 per cent higher.

“It’s so important for everyone to learn how to spot and avoid different types of scams, so that they are equipped to protect not just themselves, but their friends and family as well,” Mr Blackmore said.

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