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80% have been victim of conmen; CONSUMERS.

ALMOST 80% of Irish consumers have been targeted by conmen, a survey revealed yesterday.

Research by the National Consumers Agency shows 18% of people have fallen victim to a scam at some point in their lives.

Experts found chain letters, foreign lotteries and pyramid selling schemes have the highest levels of awareness among the public.

But the scams claiming the most victims are premium rate phonelines and bogus callers.

NCA chief executive Ann Fitzgerald said: "There is no limit to the ingenuity of scam artists in devising new ways of parting people from their hard-earned cash.

"The age old advice is as valid today as it ever was, 'If it looks too good to be true, it probably is'."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 1, 2010
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