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4 July 2012

South Australia’s Consumer and Business Services (CBS) has teamed up with the SA Pensioners Association to educate pensioners on ways to combat scammers and con artists.

CBS Acting Commissioner Anne Gale said some older people in South Australia are at risk of falling victim to scams.

“Scams and fraudsters can be extremely deceptive, so it’s important that we share the most up to date information with the Port Pirie community,” Ms Gale said.

“Older people who are home during the day are more exposed to door-to-door salespeople.

“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 older people into buying goods or services that they don’t need, or that are substandard.

“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.

“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 SA Pensioners Association will have ‘Do Not Knock’ stickers available at the session, as well as copies of the CBS Savvy Seniors guide to consumer rights.

The Metropolitan Fire Service will also be at the free session to discuss fire hazards in the home, and a speaker from Centrelink will talk about pension and retirement entitlements.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday 12 July 2012
Time: 10.30am - 2.30pm (light lunch provided)
Venue: Country Women’s Association Building, Alexander Street, Port Pirie Bookings: 08 8633 1330