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SSC Newspaper : October 2010
By Natalie O’Brien Has your Strathfield business received a bill in the mail for a service you never ordered? Perhaps you recently received a fax promising huge discounts, or entry into a lucrative competition if you replied. Or there may have been a telephone call from a “government department” saying you had been awarded a government grant. If so, it is very likely to be one of several scams that are being tried on small business owners in suburbs like Strathfield and others around Sydney. Most people by now are aware of the so-called Nigerian scams, where the scammers try to persuade you to send payments to help transfer huge sums of money out of their country for a cut of the “proceeds”. But the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is warning small business owners to be alert to the ways fraudsters try to get their hands on your money. Scammers may try to hook small business owners by telephone, fax, email – all sorts of different ways. One of the latest scams to emerge this year, according to the ACCC, is the offer of fake grants from fake departments. It is a clever trick that starts with a cold call to small businesses saying they have received a government grant that relies on the business owner paying a $199 fee to release the funds. Sometimes it is a request for a contribution to pay off government debt. One of the ploys is to pretend the scammers are operating the Federal Government’s GrantsLINK directory website, a legitimate information website that does not provide grants funding. If you think you are being conned report it to SCAMwatch, a website run by the ACCC. It provides information to businesses on ways to recognise and avoid scams, and the importance of reporting them. www.scamwatch.gov.au ■ Mainstreet returns Homebush Mainstreet is back supporting local shopkeepers. The new committee includes Rick Webb (president), Peter Revelos (secretary) and Marlene Doran (public officer). The committee thanks those who supported its fight against the removal of bus routes. Still outstanding is the problem of traffic around schools and the business centre. Your input is welcome. Call Marlene 9764 1037. ■ social sunday Strathfield Chamber of Commerce is organising a Social Sunday on November 14 at the Strathfield Sports Club, starting at 3pm. Business owners, councillors and council staff from Strathfield and Burwood are welcome. RSVP to scoc@trichroma. com.au or call 0432 32 34 39. ■ Goodie BaGs A final call for businesses to include their promotional material in the Strathfield Chamber’s Goodie Bag for the Spring Fair, October 24. Business owners, managers and employees are welcome to attend our monthly meeting, held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Westpac Bank. Call 0432 32 34 39. Chamber Roundup 14 Strathfield Scene “Never transmit personal, credit card or banking details in emails or over the phone to unknown callers. Such details are routinely used to commit identity theft” – SCAMwatch. october 2010 business Watch out, scammers about Real estate agents strathfield Partners Real estate agents 6 Churchill Ave, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9763 2277 www.strathfieldpartners.com.au Richardson & Wrench strathfield Suite 1, 30-34 Churchill Ave Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9745 2733 www.rwstrathfield.com.au georges ellis & Co Suite 5, 58 The Boulevarde Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9744 7412 www.georgesellis.com.au J & J Realty Partners Pty ltd Suite 7 level 4, 11 The Boulevarde Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9746 3344 www.jjrealty.com.au lJ Hooker 2 Albert Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9746 2222 www.ljhooker.com.au/strathfield Raine & Horne strathfield 1 The Boulevarde, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9764 4777 www.raineandhorne.com.au/strathfield Regal Court apartments 20-34 Albert Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9764 6902 servicesdirectory Real estate agents Marvay 32 Coronation Pde, Enfield, NSW 2136 Tel (02) 9715 1665 www.marvay.com.au Real estate services Shop 2A, 15 Parnell St, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9744 5511 www.ress.net.au sydney Buy Homes Suite 7/12 Churchill Ave, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9764 2999 Unique Property Real estate Suite 9 Level 1/ 11 The Boulevarde Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9763 7277 www.unique-property.com Vsatown&Country 181 The Boulevarde, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9758 7500 PainteRs and deCoRatoRs david surgenor 51 Rickard Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel 0417 244 500 i do Painting PO Box 3271, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel 0404 040 089 www.idopainting.com.au inner West Handy services PO Box 1352, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel 0400 350 428 ReMoValists eden express Unit 702/7 Churchill Ave, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9746 2488 laWyeRs Butlers law group Suite 8, Level 2, 15 Parnell St Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9744 3900 Hall Partners Suite 1, Level 5, 11 The Boulevarde Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9764 3561 www.hallpartners.com.au shanahans solicitors Level 1/15 Parnell St, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9744 3755 www.shanahans.com.au garry seo & associates Suite 2E, 9-13 Redmyre Rd Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9763 5977 o’Hara & Company Level 1, 58 The Boulevarde Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9745 3511 yaRd seRViCes top Cut lawn & garden Care 21 Coronation Pde, Strathfield 2135 Tel 0418 404 508 PlUMBeRs Flamminio Plumbing services 31 High St, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel 0419 273 244 eleCtRiCians grahame true electrician 4 Strathlora St, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel 0418 252 200 BJ electrical 8 Smallwood Ave, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel 0412 000 735 Cleaning atM Cleaning Management Suite 7, Level 6 Strathfield Plaza 11 The Boulevarde, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9763 2344 Clean & tidy australia Unit 4/1-4 The Cresent Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9746 6611 lpk services Pty ltd 11 Cave Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 Tel (02) 9742 6197 safe group australia Pty ltd PO Box 1513, Strathfield 2135 Tel 0433 217 781 asaP Carpet Cleaning Tel 0424 292 200 SCAMWATCH RECOMMENDS WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS BE SUSPICIOUS If you receive a call about a grant you did not apply for, hang up immediately. No government ever cold calls offering grants, nor charges a fee to release grant funds. BE CAUTIOUS If you are contacted out of the blue by a “government department” requesting personal information, it may be a scam. Always contact the department independently using contact details from a trusted source. BE CAREFUL Never transmit personal, credit card or banking details in emails or over the phone to unknown callers. Such details are routinely used to commit identity theft or steal money. If you think you have provided your account details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately. “Scammers may try to hook small business owners by telephone, fax or email.”