NSW Fair Trading Minister Matthew Mason-Cox and the Member for Lismore Thomas George MP will today open a scam seminar for seniors at the RSL LifeCare Chauvel Village in Lismore.

“Vulnerable people are often targets and the seminar gives clear advice and simple tips on how to avoid getting ripped off,” Mr Mason-Cox said.

“Scammers use all manner of ways to rip-off and con consumers, using telephone, email, post and door-to-door.

“Many sound convincing, masquerading as legitimate businesses and organisations.”

“The recent spate of telephone scams are variations of the same theme. “Generally, consumers receive a call telling them they are owed money from a legitimate organisation, such as a bank or a government agency.

“The scammers may also ask you to pay a fee to obtain the alleged money you are owed or request that you to send this fee by wire transfer.’’

“Seniors are one of the most vulnerable groups targeted by scammers and it is why NSW Fair Trading is holding these seminars in retirement villages around New South Wales.” Mr Mason-Cox said.

“Recent independent research commissioned by NSW Fair Trading has revealed that seniors who had participated in these seminars had a significant improvement in their knowledge of consumer rights and were more likely to seek Fair Trading’s assistance in a dispute.”

Mr George said “The adage, if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is, still rings true.’’

“Scam seminars like the one today provide important educational information and advice to people so they are aware of all the current scams in their area and avoid becoming victims” Mr George said.

Find out more about NSW Fair Trading at www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.