CESSNOCK ADVERTISER COLUMN 19 NOVEMBER 2014

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning the public that a recent spate of hoax emails have been sent out advising people they are entitled to $400.

The email claims that ACCC action against a scammer resulted in an order to pay $195,000. It goes on to state that individuals are entitled to $400 and need to ring a +009180133XXXXX number.

This is clearly a fake email that relies upon the public trust in the organisation it pretends to represent. It is yet another variation of the reclaim scam that sees scammers claim to represent the Government, a bank or some other trusted organisation and offer refunds, grants or other monies.

If you are contacted out of the blue and told that you are entitled to money in exchange for an upfront fee, delete it – if you hand over your money, it’s gone.

The email attempts to capitalise on the legitimate ACCC web address but it is in fact a gmail address "ACCC GOV_AU" <acccgovau@gmail.com>. Do not respond to this link or the telephone number.

Remember, government departments will never contact you asking you to pay money upfront in order to claim a fee or rebate.

Never send money or give your financial details to someone you don’t know and trust – it’s
rare to recover money from a scammer.

If you think you have provided your bank account or credit card details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately.

Consumers can find out about the latest scams by visiting www.scamwatch.gov.au

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Students from Pelaw Main Public School have been working hard to design their very own story board to inform the community about the new Water Wise rules. They were successful in being selected, as one of the nine finalists in the Water Catchers Competition, and had a professional film crew at their school to film their story. You can view the videos of all nine finalists on the Water Catchers website at www.watercatchers.com.au. It’s here that the school needs your help.

You will be able to show your support and vote for Pelaw Main Public School’s video by visiting the Watcher Catchers website before Friday 21 November. The public votes will be combined with the judges’ scores to help decide the winner, to be announced on the 28th of November. Pelaw Main Public School have a one in nine chance of winning $10,000 for their school.

Congratulations to the teachers and students of Pelaw Main Public School on reaching the finals. Fingers crossed you can go all the way !

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Nominations are still open for the NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards, with less than 1 month to go till nominations close on Thursday 4th December, nominate a young achiever today!

The NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards give young people a chance to share their stories and network with others in the community.

The Young Achiever Awards will recognise 7 fantastic young role models within several fields of endeavour including, leadership and innovation, science leadership, community service, arts and fashion, environment and sustainability, indigenous achievement and career achievement.    Nominating is easy – visit http://www.awardsaustralia.com/appl/nomination.php?program=young-achiever-awards&state=nsw 

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. It provides the opportunity to raise community awareness of lung cancer and the signs and symptoms of the disease.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in Australia with around 11,000 people diagnosed in Australia each year.

Cancer Australia has a brochure and poster called 'What's your cough telling you?' that provides information on the symptoms of lung cancer and the importance of early assessment by a GP or healthcare worker. The resource dispels some of the common misconceptions about the disease including that young people and non-smokers won't get the disease.

If lung cancer is found at an earlier stage there is more chance of a better outcome. New treatments are likely to continue to improve the outcomes for people affected by the disease.


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