Digital TV Scammers Hit Rural Areas

The Mildura area will be the first to fully convert to digital TV, and sadly that means it’s also the first to see scammers trying to take advantage of the switchover.

A press release from the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Ecomomy today notes that door-to-door salespeople are claiming to be government representatives and flogging dodgy-sounding “conversion equipment”.

Senator Stephen Conroy was quick to let fly on the issue. “I was outraged to hear reports about people claiming to represent the Government and offering digital television goods door-to-door,” he said. (Personally, we reckon he should be even more outraged by his own department’s insane Internet censorship plans, but there you go.)

Recent figures suggest that more than half of Australia already has digital-ready TV equipment, and the government has spent more than $66 million informing people. Apparently, that message still isn’t sinking in everywhere. Warn your grandparents.

Warning on unauthorised digital TV offers [DBCDE]

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