Man scammed of life savings could be Australia’s most manipulated

If you ever needed proof that internet and e-mail scams can be costly, look no further than 65-year-old Peter Kleinig.

If you ever needed proof that internet and e-mail scams can be costly, look no further than 65-year-old Peter Kleinig.

The Western Australian has lost his life savings to scammers, however he remains undeterred and now authorities have stepped in to prevent him from sending more money to fake investors in West Africa.

Kleinig might just be the country’s most manipulated, having sent $2 million to scammers in Togo and Ghana, but according to Consumer Protection acting-commissioner David Hillyard he refuses to believe the money has been sent to a bogus investment scheme.

According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) scams come in all shapes and sizes, which makes them difficult to detect, but some of the most common ways scammers can get at you include fake lotteries, internet shopping, mobile phones, online banking, employment, and investment opportunities.

When it comes to scams the saying ‘if it seems too good to be true, it probably is’ is one worth paying attention to.

“It’s extremely sad that Peter Kleinig has lost his life savings and refuses to accept that he is at the centre of an investment fraud,” Mr Hillyard said.

“When the actions of a victim present a financial risk to other members of the community, authorities have a responsibility to step in to protect the public. That’s why we have entered into this court-enforceable undertaking.”

Australians lost $45 million to scams in 2015.

Have you ever been scammed? Have you ever received an offer that seems too good to refuse?

  1. Diane  

    I think this man is beyond hope. If he is arrogant enough to throw good money after bad, then let him lose everything. It sounds to me like he is a very greedy person and unfortunately, his greed for a return on his investment will leave him with nothing!

  2. John Rolfe  

    Everyday my junk mail is filled with this type of rubbish and lucky for me I’m not so gullable one of the biggest scams around are the online weight industry so be careful with your hard earned capital as someone is always looking for ways to take it from you.

  3. Frank  

    if you want to believe – you can be suckered like this. Predators prey on the vulnerable.

    I’ve seen this with a workmate beside me – browsing the internet, up popped ‘You’ve WON !!! a Caribbean cruise – just call this number’ – I and others watching just shrugged – obvious BS – but no, she picked up her mobile and called the US number – earnestly – yes I won – oh you want my credit card details – OK I’ll just go get it …

    meanwhile I had googled the name I saw on the screen – hoax/scam – ‘within 30 seconds of giving them your credit card number, it would be maxed out’ – by this time we were physically restraining her – she kept on ‘no I’ve won the prize’ – she kept ignoring all around her who kept telling her it’s an obvious scam – because she just WANTED to believe !

  4. [email protected]  

    I would like this man’s contact details. Might get a slice before it’s all gone.

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