Victoria's consumer affairs minister Marlene Kairouz was speaking while issuing a warning against scammers.
An Australian Minister has come under fire for telling homeowners to "automatically" tell Irish people to get away from their door.
The campaign video, shown on Nine News in Melbourne, features 79-year-old Thelma, who claims to have been scammed into paying $4,500 to tradesmen to fix a leak in her roof.
The reporter added that the Irish accent is a "common theme" in the scam.
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Messages posted on the Irish around Sydney Facebook group called on her to apologise after members of Australia's Irish community labelled her comments "blatantly racist".
"I made a comment at a scam awareness campaign launch that caused offence to people with Irish heritage", she said.
She said recent scammers operating in the area had been backpackers from the United Kingdom and Ireland.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Ms Kairouz apologised for her "poor choice of words".
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