Consumer scams and how to avoid them

The growing problem of scams in the community makes it essential for consumers to be armed with relevant information to help prevent them from becoming a victim.

Anti-fraud awareness will be the hot topic when Consumer Protection holds a public seminar as part of the 2013 Law Week Community Events Programme. The talk will focus on the issue of scams in our community and what you can do to protect yourself, your friends and relatives.

Manager of Retail at Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping said Law Week was an opportunity to remind consumers that consumer fraud can target anyone.

“Current figures show around $500,000 a month going from Western Australia to places like Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone in various scenarios where the sender of the money is being defrauded,” Ms Chopping said.

“Working with the WA Police, we have prevented a number of Australians from travelling overseas to meet organised criminal gang members who had been conning them online; some believed they were romantically involved with the fraudsters, while others had been communicating with them in relation to an investment or beneficiary opportunity.”

Awareness-raising is a key part of fraud prevention and this community education session “Consumer scams and how to avoid them”, will be held at 10:30am to 11:30am on Wednesday, 15 May at the Law Society of Western Australia, Level 5, 160 St George's Tce, Perth. There is no charge and you can register by calling (08) 9324 8600 or email The presentation will run for about 45 minutes with time at the end for questions.

Law Week (held between 13 and 17 May) is an annual programme of events coordinated by the Law Society of Western Australia to highlight law and justice in our community. The programme includes free legal advice, court tours, seminars and more.

Consumer fraud is illegal and scams should be reported to Consumer Protection by calling 1300 30 40 54 or emailing:


Media Contact:
Alan Hynd
9282 0961 or 0429-078791

Consumer Protection
Media release
10 May 2013

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