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A Perth woman who lost a six figure sum in an online dating scam says she feels like she has won the lottery after becoming the first known Western Australian romance fraud victim to get money back. 51-year-old Jenny has so far received 40% of the total amount she sent to an overseas bank account in late 2013 during a fictitious relationship with ‘Gary’ who she met on a well-known dating website...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Apr 2014
A High Wycombe tradesman has been fined $1,000 linked to a Community Release Order for accepting a deposit for work and failing to complete it within a reasonable time. Mark Edward Straw , trading as Marks Ceilings & Renovations , failed to appear in the Midland Magistrates Court for his first scheduled appearance on 5 December 2013. He appeared on 21 February 2014 following his arrest on a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Mar 2014
The operator of a network of clothing collection bins in Perth has agreed to make a $100,000 donation to charity and issue a public apology after agreeing that they may have misled the public. E’Co Australia Pty Ltd and its Managing Director Mark Brian Keay have settled Supreme Court legal action taken by the Commissioner for Consumer Protection by signing an enforceable undertaking. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Mar 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 27 March 2014, most BP and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price up to 159.9 cents per litre (cpl), a rise of 12 cpl and 11 cpl respectively. Most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 158.9 cpl, most Gull sites up to 157.9 cpl and most Peak sites...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Mar 2014
New regulations that will stop Western Australian retirement village residents from having to pay unfair recurrent charges will come into effect on April 1.
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Mar 2014
A former Citizens Advice Bureau worker, the Consumers’ Association of WA, an RAC road safety initiative and a journalist from Channel 7’s Today Tonight show have been named the winners at the Consumer Protection Awards 2014.
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Mar 2014
A former settlement agent has been ordered to pay more than $150,000 in fines and compensation by the Joondalup Magistrates Court after making unauthorised withdrawals from a trust account. Renee Lee Matthews, formerly trading as Saachi Settlements of Ocean Reef, was fined a total of $9,000 on 18 March 2014 after pleading guilty to five charges of breaching the Settlement Agents Act. She was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Mar 2014
The 10th annual Consumer Protection Awards will recognise and celebrate community, local government and media contributions to consumer protection in Western Australia. The judges carefully considered submissions from 22 nominees to come up with 10 finalists: Rona Okely Award (for individuals) Gavan Forster of the Master Builders Association, WA has been raising awareness of consumer building...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Mar 2014
Two overseas backpackers have reported losing money after they responded to a fake website’s offer of accommodation and work as fruit pickers in WA’s South-West. Consumer Protection is investigating the reports and has closed down the website – www.rossovineyard.com.au – which was set up using an ABN from a legitimate business registered in Canning Vale. The victims claim to have transferred $200...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Mar 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 20 March 2014, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price by 12 cents per litre (cpl) up to 161.9 cpl, most Caltex and BP sites up to 160.9 cpl, most Caltex Woolworths and Gull sites up to 159.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 158.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan average price for ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Mar 2014
A Mundaring real estate agency and one of its sales representatives have been reprimanded and fined a total of $3,750 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for failing to disclose important information about a property for sale and miscalculating their commission. Willmark Pty Ltd, trading as Rundin Property Consultants of Mundaring, was fined $3,000 and real estate sales representative...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Mar 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 13 March 2014, most BP, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price by 12 cents per litre (cpl) up to 162.9 cpl, most Caltex Woolworths and Gull sites up to 161.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 160.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan average price for ULP will be 159.8 cpl, however...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Mar 2014
A former property manager of a real estate agency has been fined a total of $10,000 and ordered to pay costs of $2,220 by the Perth Magistrates Court for misleading and deceptive conduct. Josephine Wei-Wei Liau of Mount Pleasant pleaded guilty on 7 March 2014 to 16 charges of breaching the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), Fair Trading Act, Real Estate and Business Agents Act (REBA Act) and the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Mar 2014
An unlicensed car dealer operating from a Thornlie home has been fined $10,000 by the Armadale Magistrates Court. Atomos Pty Ltd and Director Adam Richard Coe were found guilty on 5 March 2014 of buying and selling 52 motor vehicles over a 17 month period from November 2011, without having a licence as required by the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. Mr Coe was issued with a Conditional Release Order...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2014
A solar company and its Director have been fined a total of $18,000 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for misleading consumers over their rights relating to warranties and door to door trading. Total Action Pty Ltd, formerly of Balcatta, was fined a total of $15,000 on 4 March 2014 for misleading a consumer regarding the warranty on a product, and for breaching unsolicited trading laws. Charles...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Mar 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 6 March 2014, most BP, Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price by 14 cents per litre (cpl) up to 162.9 cpl; most Coles Express sites up to 162.9 cpl, most Gull sites up to 161.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 160.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan average price for ULP will...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Mar 2014
Two promoters of rent to buy property schemes in WA have been ordered to pay a total penalty of $29,500 by the Supreme Court for misleading and deceptive conduct in their dealings with prospective buyers and sellers. Patricia Mirawati Susilo and Bryan Artawijaya Susilo, sister and brother of Karawara, were ordered to pay $17,500 and $12,000 respectively on 27 February 2014 after admitting to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Mar 2014
Lodging bonds late has cost a Pilbara real estate agency more than $10,000 in a fine and court costs. Oresome (WA) Pty Ltd, trading as Crawford Realty of South Hedland, was fined $9,500 and ordered to pay costs of $970 on 28 February 2014 after pleading guilty in the South Hedland Magistrates Court to 21 charges of failing to lodge bonds with the Bond Administrator ‘as soon as practicable’ as...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Mar 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 27 February 2014, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price by 14 cents per litre (cpl) up to 162.9 cpl, most BP and Caltex Woolworths sites up to 161.9 cpl, most Caltex sites up to 160.9 cpl, most Gull sites up to 159.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 158.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Feb 2014
Consumer Protection has emphasised the accuracy of price and location in real estate advertising remains a crucial element of consumer law and is essential in upholding the integrity of the industry and the reputation of agents. The comment was made after the Supreme Court dismissed the Commissioner for Consumer Protection’s appeal against a Bunbury magistrate’s decision to find a local real...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Feb 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 20 February 2014, most BP sites are hiking their ULP price by 14 cents per litre (cpl) up to 161.9 cpl. Most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 160.9 cpl, most Coles Express and Gull sites up to 159.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 158.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Feb 2014
Consumer Protection would like to highlight the actions of a Kimberley travel agency owner who has prevented people in the region from losing thousands of dollars in a Facebook scam involving wire transfer. A customer, who wishes to remain anonymous, turned up at Travel World in Broome on Saturday (15 February 2014) to try to send money via Western Union to America. It is common for travel...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Feb 2014
West Australians are losing almost $25,000 a day to romance fraud in the latest scam figures released by Consumer Protection. In 2013, 187 victims of romance fraud reported losing a total of $8.97 million, an average of about $48,000 per victim, who are equally male and female. This compares dramatically with 2012 figures when 23 WA victims reported a total loss of $870,000. On Valentine’s Day,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Feb 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 13 February 2014, most BP sites are hiking their ULP price by 13 cents per litre (cpl) up to 159.9 cpl. Most Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are also increasing their ULP price up to 159.9 cpl, most Gull sites up to 158.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 157.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Feb 2014
Finalists for the Consumer Protection Awards 2014 have been announced ahead of the 10th annual ceremony to recognise and celebrate community, local government and media contributions to consumer protection in Western Australia. The judges carefully considered submissions from 22 nominees to come up with this shortlist: Rona Okely Award (for individuals) Gavan Forster of the Master Builders...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Feb 2014

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