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Scammers posed as legitimate business to place ad in Byron Echo

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The Echo, along with other Fairfax Media and worldwide papers, appears to have been taken in by scammers posing as a legitimate Victorian company, V Cases Pty Ltd. An article published by New Zealand’s Stuff on 26 January reveals that this scam has been distributed widely in recent weeks.

The Echo‘s General Manager Simon Haslam advises readers that they should not have any contact with the advertisers who placed the full page ad for mobile phones and other products on Page 4 of the Byron Echo of 25 January headed ‘Promo…Promo…Promo…’.

‘Unfortunately, this scam has not received the publicity it deserves in the two months that it has apparently been operating, but we will be reporting it to the ACCC’s ScamWatch and the Dept of Fair Trading. We apologise to any Echo readers who have been caught up in this scam, and we thank those people who first brought their concerns about the ad to our attention after publication’, said Mr Haslam.


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