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Businesses Warned of Safety Scam

Friday, March 11, 2011

Some businesses say they have had phone calls or letters suggesting they need to buy certain products to comply with workplace safety laws in South Australia.

SA Consumer Affairs Minister Gail Gago said unsolicited invoices had been sent to some businesses for products including first aid kits.

She warned anyone who was contacted to report the matter to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

"Under new national consumer legislation, unsolicited invoices must use the wording 'This is not a bill, you are not required to pay any money'," she said.

"If businesses are in breach of that, they could face fines of up to $220,000."

Ms Gago said efforts were being made to track down those behind the calls and letters.

"There has been follow-up in relation to some of the callers, however they are often extremely difficult to catch," she said.

"Some of them operate from overseas. So we're asking businesses to be vigilant and if they do receive a call such as this, contact Consumer Affairs straight away."

Reported by ABC News 


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