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Walter Roban, the Deputy Premier at tonight’s press conference. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Con men have claimed to be consumer affairs officers as part of a fraud aimed at shops, it was announced tonight.

Walter Roban, the Minister of Home Affairs, said: “There apparently are some members of the public who are going around to retail establishments and saying they are consumer affairs enforcement officers in order to deceive these retailers.

“The offenders operate in small groups to intimidate retail staff. I want to make it clear that this is an offence under the Consumer Protection Act.”

He warned that the offence carries a penalty of a fine of up to $10,000 and a six-month prison sentence on summary conviction.

Mr Roban added: “Consumer affairs enforcement officers wear badges and have the appropriate ID on them, so if you are approached by someone who is claiming to be an enforcement officer immediately ask them for their identification.”

He said that if the person does not show their badge or ID, workers should call the police.

Mr Roban also urged anyone aware of the scam to contact the Department of Consumer Affairs at 297-7627.

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Published December 30, 2020 at 8:17 pm (Updated December 30, 2020 at 8:17 pm)

Roban: People impersonating consumer affairs officers

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