23 June 2015

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Western Port

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Scam alert CONSUMER Affairs Victoria has urged people to know about common scams used to con the unwary. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission statistics show Victorians last year lost just under $20.5 million to scammers. Fake bank notes, sham refunds and bogus lottery prizes are among the top scams used to tempt unwary targets to part with their cash for no return. A trend in recent months involves the “refund” scam which often involves the con artist offering large sums of money in exchange for an upfront payment. Scammers pretend to be from a bank, organisation or government department, such as the Australian Tax Office, to fool people into paying money or providing their bank details. There have been more than 400 complaints about money transfer scams to Consumer Affairs Victoria in the past 12 months. The end of the financial year is considered to be a peak time of year to target people lodging their tax returns. Consumer Affairs Minister Jane Garrett said con artists trick honest people into giving up their hard earned money. “People need to be on guard, especially during tax time, when scammers come out of the woodwork pretending they are from the Australian Tax Office, and claiming you’ll get a tax refund if you pay a fee,” she said. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Consumer Affairs Victoria said people should always be wary of unsolicited emails, phone calls or letters saying they have unclaimed funds, won prizes or are owed money.

Nocturnal handiwork: Hellen Coy and Malcolm Nicholson assemble a sleeping box for native animals during a school camp at Somers.

Practical advice good news for wildlife BUILDING bat boxes and sugar glider boxes was constructive fun for those attending Somers School Camp last week. They were helped by Paul Bertuch, of Eco-Agri, who teaches ecological and sustainable studies on the Mornington Peninsula. “Paul’s knowledge is immense and he has developed and redesigned his boxes based on years of research and evidence findings,” camp organiser Carmel McInneny said. “His advice is practical and knowledge-based and he is happy to continue to advise us as we finish more

boxes and place and monitor them in the environment. He is a valuable reference for the nocturnal enclosure as he has expertise in bandicoots.” Assisting Mr Bertuch were Jenny Mann and Caz Kertford, of hardware chain Bunnings’ Sustainability Community team, who support these ecological programs by providing equipment and tools. His next presentation will be on ringtail and brush tail possum habitat needs during the Residential Outdoor State Schools’ Association meeting at Somers School Camp next May.

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