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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 8th June 2018

 

Fraudsters are upping their game to scam you 

It’s always good to have a look at the latest scams doing the rounds. This article by Conor Pope in The Irish Times warns that fraudsters are far more clever then they used to be and many consumers are falling victim to scams. The article also features a list of some scams to watch out for.

Read the full article here: ‘Watch your bank account: Scammers up their game’, By Conor Pope, The Irish Times, 4th June 2018.

 

Mood of Irish consumers remains one of ‘guarded optimism’

Checkout featured an article this week about the latest KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI consumer sentiment index which shows that Irish consumer sentiment ‘edged higher in May’ but that the mood is still one of ‘guarded optimism’.

Read the full article here: ‘Irish consumer sentiment ‘edged higher’ in May’, Checkout.ie, 5th June 2018.

 

European Parliament agree on cap to make calls and texts between EU countries cheaper 

It was announced this week that the European Parliament has provisionally agreed to introduce a cap on the cost of mobile calls and texts between EU countries. According to RTÉ, this could lead to the cost of calls being capped at 19 cents a minute and texts messages costing no more than six cents each. This will be great for consumers in EU.

Read the full article here: ‘Cap on cost of intra-EU mobile calls and texts agreed’, RTÉ, 6th June 2018.

 

Progress made on bill to make voucher valid for five years

We’re all very familiar with the problem of giving or receiving a gift voucher only for it to run out-of-date before there’s a chance to spend it or we just simple forget about it. Well, according to Extra.ie article the Government has made some progress in coming up with a draft bill that aims to force retailers to accept vouchers for at least five years. That bill will be brought to Cabinet shortly apparently.

Read the full article here: ‘Retailers to be forced to make all vouchers valid for five years’, by Christian McCashin, 6th June 2018.