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Coalition welcomes focus on scams as part of National Consumer Fraud Week.



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Luke Hartsuyker MP

Shadow Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs Federal Member for Cowper

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Media Release

March 2, 2009

Coalition welcomes focus on scams as part of National Consumer Fraud Week

Shadow Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs, Luke Hartsuyker, today welcomed the National Consumer Fraud Week from 2-8 March.

“Consumer fraud is a real problem in the community. It affects many people’s lives and in the worse of cases can be devastating to and individuals or family finances,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Despite the community’s level of awareness about rip-offs, people continue to fall victim to scams.

“Scammers are continually inventing new ways to scam innocent people. Internet and email scams are still very prevalent.

“Scammers have also been using the recent global financial crisis as a way of convincing people to hand over money.

“I support the Fraud Forum being held in Melbourne where experts will be discussing the latest trends in fraud and methods for fighting it.

“This is something that the authorities must continue to pursue to ensure consumers have as much protection as possible.

“I appeal to members of the community to be vigilant and alert to possible scams.

“If people feel uncomfortable about something they are being presented with or sold to, I urge them to contact the appropriate authorities.”

More details on scams and how to report them can be found at http://www.scamwatch.gov.au.

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