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The Department of Consumer Protection is warning residents to beware of glossy brochures with fake scratchies.

Beware of fake scratchies

GLOSSY travel brochures with fake scratchies are arriving in the mailboxes of Echo News readers with at least one of the two cards enclosed declaring a $US190,000 win.

Consumer Protection commissioner David Hillyard said Get It On Holiday travel brochure and scratchie cards were a scam designed to gain personal information from the supposed winners who will then be asked to pay fees upfront before receiving their ‘prize’.

Mr Hillyard said this was the latest of many similar mail scams from a bogus Malaysian travel company that had been detected over many years.

“Every two years or so these professional looking travel brochures turn up in the mailboxes of WA residents with different names and different images but with one common purpose, to fleece the recipients of their money and possibly their identity,” he  said.

“There is no prize and anyone who responds will be asked to verify their identity by providing personal and financial information which leaves them open to identity theft at some time in the future.

“So don’t respond, don’t provide personal information and, most importantly, don’t send any money to these scammers.

“Throw out these brochures and the fake scratchies in the bin.

“We work with Australia Post to try to intercept scam mail but many still get through so WA householders need to be aware if they receive these enticing brochures offering fake prizes.”

More information is available on the WA ScamNet website www.scamnet.wa.gov.au

To report a scam, email [email protected] or call 1300 30 40 54.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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