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Two papers team up to expose scam

An investigation by two Scottish papers into a bogus homeworking scam has triggered a move to change the law.

The Cornish Guardian teamed up with the Aberdeen Press and Journal to expose a company operating out of Bodmin.

The firm offered people the chance to work from home in exchange for an up-front fee.

But applicants began complaining to trading standards officers when they realised there was no work on offer.

However, their complaints were worthless. Under existing legislation, no action could be taken against the company.

So the two papers got on the case and printed their findings simultaneously.

And now North Cornwall MP Paul Tyler is to sponsor a Parliamentary bill aimed at ending the menace of bogus homeworking schemes.

He said: “The Cornish Guardian and the Press and Journal have performed a valuable service in raising the profile of this issue.

“I am delighted to be able to sponsor this Bill, which has particular relevance for Cornwall.

“People living in isolated rural areas are often more susceptible to these schemes than most.”

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