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NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Consumer Protection Commission says officials are looking closely at downtown businesses, as they say, some are targeting foreigners.

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Consumer Protection Commission says officials are looking closely at downtown businesses, as they say, some are targeting foreigners.

Senior Education, Research, and Training Supervisor Levade Darling says some of them are overcharging foreign patrons.

Darling says the matter is being addressed with the help of other agencies.

For local business owners it seems many are unaware of the rights of consumers, according to Darling. 

What do you need to know? Darling says it’s illegal for businesses to refuse cash refunds and for frequent debit or credit card users, Darling says it’s illegal to impose minimum purchases.

There was a recent meeting to address these matters and the commission is looking at legislation to address them.

Darling says the greatest offenders of these regulations are retailers.

He says the commission will launch a financial literacy campaign to spread awareness.

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