Fair time to learn about business, consumer rights

FAIR Trading will run free information sessions in Cooma this week to provide business owners and consumers with the opportunity to learn about their rights and responsibilities.

Throughout the week, Fair Trading officers will also conduct compliance inspections at local motor dealers, motor vehicle repairers, real estate agents, pawn brokers and second-hand dealers.

The 'My Place' program shines a light on consumer issues, with more than 20,000 people across the state attending the seminars each year.

"The programs provide a wealth of information for anyone running a business," Stuart Ayres, Minister for Fair Trading, said.

There will be a range of targeted sessions including seminars for real estate agents, landlords, incorporated associations, home builders, community workers, the Indigenous community and motor dealers and repairers.

They will also hold a range of seminars and presentations to protect the community from rogue traders.

It will be a timely visit considering the recent scamming operation, where a Binjura resident received a suspicious letter in the mail stating that she was entitled to a large sum of money left by a deceased relative in China.

"It is sad and unfortunate there are many scammers who promote get rich quick schemes and overseas lotteries and as well consumers can be conned by itinerant and unlicensed tradespeople," Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, said.

Mr Barilaro will visit the Cooma Men's Shed on Thursday May 1 to promote scam awareness.

"Con artists often prey on the elderly, who can be perceived as the most trusting and more vulnerable to scams than other groups in the community," he said.

He emphasised the importance of being well informed about consumer rights and is encouraging all men to attend between 9.30am-11am.

High School students in the area will undertake a variety of programs with Fair Trading.

On Friday, students at Monaro High School will learn how to manage their money and make wise consumer decisions.

Topics explored in the 'Moneystuff' presentation include purchasing a car, choosing a mobile phone, shopping online, internet scams, getting a refund and avoiding the debt trap.

'Revved Up,' a program which will assist young people to prepare for the purchase of their first car will feature at St Patrick's Parish School today.

The program provides advice on how to avoid unpleasant surprises when buying a car and how Fair Trading can help if things do go wrong.

For a full program of activities and to register go online to www.events.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au or call 13 32 20.

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