South Australia’s Consumer and Business Services (CBS) will be travelling to the Yorke Peninsula to talk about scams and door-to-door sales with the ‘Sharing a Lunch Together’ women’s group on Tuesday 4 September.
“While door-to-door trading can be a legitimate way to do business, we’ve found that some traders use high pressure or unfair sales tactics to coax people into buying goods or services that they don’t need, or that are substandard,” said Acting Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Anne Gale.
“There are also a number of complex scams doing the rounds via email or telephone, including fake computer virus checks, overseas lotteries, banking scams, false deliveries, and calls from people claiming to be from the Australian Tax Office.
“We encourage people to consider joining the free ‘Do Not Call Register’ to reduce telemarketing calls and the chance of scammers.
“People who are home during the day are more exposed to door-to-door salespeople.
“Scams and fraudsters can be extremely deceptive, so it’s important that we share the most up to date information with the Yorke Peninsula community,” Ms Gale said.
“The key message from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is to report the scam, and: ‘Press delete, throw it out, say ‘no thanks’, shut the door or just hang up!’.”
The CBS speaker, Wendy Glamocak, will have with her on the day Do Not Knock stickers, as well as useful handbooks and other information to help you understand your consumer rights and avoid predatory behaviour.
Consumer information is also available at www.cbs.sa.gov.au or by calling Consumer and Business Services on 131 882.
“Consumer Affairs at SALT” Tuesday 4 September 2012
Moonta Hotel, George Street,
Moonta RSVP by 31 August to 8823 0270