Consumer News Round-up: Top scams to watch out for, nursing home residents’ consumer rights, €44m spent on Easter eggs & MyTaxi announces new cancellation fee
European Consumer Centre (ECC) Ireland presents a round-up of the week’s consumer news – in case you missed it!
Consumer News Round-up – week ending 10th May 2019
Top scams to look out for and the broadband fraud that took €15,000 from a family
Conor Pope provides a line-up of common scams currently doing the rounds. So, watch out and think twice before handing over your card details. Another article warns of a broadband fraud that started with a call and ended with an Irish family losing €15,000 in savings, money put away for their childrens’ college fund.
Read the full article here:
- ‘I’ll just take your card details: eight scams to watch out for’, by Conor Pope, The Irish Times, 6th May 2019.
- ‘Beware the broadband fraud that left one family €15,000 poorer’, by Conor Pope, The Irish Times, 6th May 2019.
Nursing home residents are consumers too and have contract rights
When an elderly person avails of a nursing home service there is a contract formed between the two parties and therefore residents have certain rights under the EU Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts. Eilish O’Regan looks at unfair charges imposed to cover services not included in the States Fair Deal Scheme and guidelines published by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).
The Irish spent €44m on Easter eggs
Figures from Kantar show that the Irish certainly does like chocolate with consumers here spending €44 million on chocolate eggs in the run-up to Easter.
Consumers’ Association calls for fairness after MyTaxi announces €5 cancellation fee
MyTaxi announced this week that it will be introducing a €5 cancellation fee, however questions have been raised as to the fairness of this new fee as there have been cases when drivers don’t show up. The Consumers’ Association of Ireland (CAI) is calling for fairness saying that it needs to ‘apply both ways’.