Scammers to face Federal Court

TRISH Burgess was elated yesterday to hear her five-month crusade to bring alleged scam publisher Adepto Publications to justice had resulted in Federal Court action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) against the company.

“It feels wonderful that the information I collated from many victims all over Australia will help bring this company to justice,” she said.

It is alleged that Adepto breached The Trade Practices Act by contacting businesses around Australia selling advertisements in publications including The National Emergency Relief Guide and The Underprivileged Children’s Guide that did not go into circulation.

The ACCC will allege that in addition to those who agreed to advertise, many businesses who didn’t confirm their advertisement in writing were billed and forced to pay for bogus advertisements that were never published.

The ACCC is seeking a ruling from the court that includes an injunction restraining Adepto from requesting payment from advertisers unless written confirmation is received. At least 12 Clarence Valley businesses fell victim to the scams, losing thousands of dollars. The preliminary hearing before Justice Nicholas Cowdery will begin in Sydney on Friday.



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