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fighting scams October 12, 2007

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Regulators sometimes try to fight scams using similar techniques to the scamsters. This week’s example involves OFT scambusters and trading standards officers hanging around airports trying to protect travellers against holiday club scams:

After spending thousands of pounds, consumers often find they have bought little more than access to an internet booking service offering no more than they could get at any high street travel agent. To fight back against the scammers, the OFT will hand out thousands of fake holiday club scratchcards at Glasgow, Manchester, Luton and Bristol airports in October. The card, which asks ‘have you won a luxury holiday?’, is scratched off to reveal three ‘winning’ matching symbols whilst a second strip, revealing the prize, explains the consumer has in fact ‘won a trip to a lengthy sales presentation and a chance to pay thousands of pounds for membership to a bogus holiday club’.

Another, older, example is the SEC’s use of fake web sites, such as the McWhortle web site.

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