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Oz ScamWatchers Podcast: Weekly News – 10th September 2023

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Welcome to the Oz ScamWatchers Podcast, your trusted source for the latest updates on scams and consumer protection in Australia.
In this week’s episode, we’ll dive into the most significant scams making headlines in Australian media this week.

Qantas Facing A triple C’s Wrath

Our top story this week revolves around Australia’s flag carrier, Qantas Airways.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (The A Triple C) has taken legal action against Qantas for allegedly falsely advertising flights.

The A Tripple C claims that Qantas continued to promote sales on 8000 flights weeks after they had been canceled.

This shocking revelation has sent ripples through the airline industry, raising questions about consumer protection and corporate accountability.

ASIC Takes on Westpac Over Hardship Payments

In another major development, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has launched a case against Westpac over hardship payments.
The case alleges that Westpac failed to provide these critical payments to customers facing financial hardship.
Such allegations are a stark reminder of the importance of financial institutions fulfilling their obligations to vulnerable customers.

Romance Scam Arrests on the Gold Coast

On a different note, law enforcement authorities on the Gold Coast have made significant progress in combating romance scams.
Several arrests have been made, shedding light on the persistent issue of online romance scams.
These scams prey on individuals’ emotions and trust, often resulting in significant financial losses.
The arrests demonstrate the commitment of local authorities to protect residents from such fraudulent activities.

Tips for Staying Safe

Before we wrap up this week’s episode, let’s emphasize the importance of staying vigilant against scams.
Whether it’s misleading airline promotions, financial misconduct, or online romance scams, being informed and cautious is your best defense.
Always verify information, protect your personal and financial details, and report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities.

That’s a wrap for this week’s Oz ScamWatchers Podcast news cast.
Stay tuned for more updates on scams, consumer protection, and how to keep yourself safe from fraudsters.
Thank you for listening, and remember, knowledge is your best defense against scams.

Don’t forget to join our Live Scam Tracker website at OzScamWatchers.com and report when you get scammed by ozzie companies big and small or online scams. Become an Oz ScamWatcher.

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