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A Perth newsagency owner has been fined $1,000 for selling a sky lantern, in the first conviction of its kind in WA under the Australian Consumer Law. Sky lanterns have been banned from sale across Australia since 2011 due to the fire risk they pose, especially in areas with bush land. In October 2012 a product safety officer from Consumer Protection found one of the sky lanterns on sale at Wing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Nov 2013
A Wundowie consumer has reported a home entertainment system he had bought from back of van conmen began to catch fire in his home, sparking a warning from Consumer Protection. The incident comes amid a growing number of reports suggesting a sharp increase in travelling conmen activity in Perth in recent months. The Wundowie man had bought the television projection and surround sound system from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Nov 2013
Boosting investment in new technologies and innovative industries is the main aim of a review into limited partnership laws in WA. Limited partnerships, where there is at least one general partner in a business with unlimited liability and at least one partner with limited liability, are the common vehicles used to raise investment funds for high-risk ventures. Proposed changes to the laws have...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Nov 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 7 November 2013, most BP sites are hiking their ULP price by 14 cents per litre (cpl) up to 151.9 cpl. Most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 150.9 cpl, most Coles Express and Gull sites up to 149.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 148.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Nov 2013
A Canning Vale motor vehicle repair company and its Director have been fined a total of $33,000 by the Armadale Magistrates Court for posting fake online testimonials. The company, Franjapara Pty Ltd trading as Automotive, Mechanical and Electrical, was fined $25,000 and its Director Anthony Parasiliti was fined $8,000 today after pleading guilty to making false or misleading representations in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Nov 2013
Scammers operating on dating and social network websites are using a new tactic to con money from their victims by asking for an identity and criminal record check through a bogus website. Using fake profiles on dating and social media websites, the scammers make contact with their victims and establish an online relationship. The criminals then suggest a face-to-face meeting, but tell their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Nov 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 31 October 2013, most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price up to 149.9 cents per litre (cpl). Most Gull sites are increasing their ULP price up to 148.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 147.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan average price for ULP will be 147...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Oct 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 24 October 2013, most Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price by 13 cents per litre (cpl) up to 153.9 cpl. Most BP and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price up to 152.9 cpl, most Caltex Woolworths and Gull sites up to 151.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 150.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Oct 2013
A 56 year old man from WA's South West has suffered a two million dollar loss, the largest ever reported to Project Sunbird, after becoming a victim of an investment and 'money wash' fraud. Bryan from Boyanup, who doesn't want his surname revealed, met the fraudsters online four years ago and was offered an investment opportunity to recover lost funds from the United Kingdom and set up various...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Oct 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 17 October 2013, most Caltex and Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price by 13 cents per litre (cpl) up to 153.9 cpl. Most BP and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 152.9 cpl, most Gull sites up to 151.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 150.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2013
WA businesses are being targeted by advertising and invoice scams, prompting a joint warning from Consumer Protection and the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC). Many businesses have been cold-called by people claiming to represent numerous publications and demanding payment for advertising that was not authorised. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Oct 2013
Consumer Protection has issued an alert about seven bogus shopping websites, now closed, which had stolen the identity of legitimate businesses and conned money out of WA consumers. An investigation was launched by Consumer Protection through WA ScamNet when seven consumers complained that they had not received electronic goods they had ordered online, leaving them more than $7,000 out of pocket...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Oct 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 10 October 2013, most Caltex sites are hiking their ULP price by 13 cents per litre (cpl) up to 154.9 cpl. Most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price up to 153.9 cpl, most BP and Caltex Woolworths sites up to 152.9 cpl, most Gull sites up to 151.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 150.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Oct 2013
Consumer Protection is seeking comments on whether WA should adopt a national proposal regarding fuel price boards at service stations. The department has released an options paper inviting submissions from motorists, industry stakeholders and fuel retailers which will be considered before a meeting of Commonwealth and State ministers next month. Those not able to prepare a submission can take...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Oct 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 3 October 2013, most Coles Express and Caltex sites are hiking their ULP price by 13 cents per litre (cpl) up to 154.9 cpl. Most Gull, BP and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 153.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 152.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan average price for ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Oct 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 26 September 2013, most BP sites are hiking their ULP price by 13 cents per litre (cpl) up to 156.9 cpl. Most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price up to 155.9 cpl, most Coles Express sites up to 154.9 cpl, most Caltex Woolworths and Gull sites up to 153.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 152...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Sep 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 19 September 2013, most BP sites are hiking their ULP price by 11 cents per litre (cpl) up to 157.9 cpl. Most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price up to 156.9 cpl, most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites up to 155.9 cpl, most Gull sites up to 154.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 153...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Sep 2013
Consumer Protection is issuing a warning to pet buyers after a recent increase in reports of sick puppies; often infected with the potentially fatal parvovirus. Since the start of 2013 there have been 35 enquiries and 12 complaints. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll says problems with pet purchases can be tricky. “Buying a pet is exciting but unlike other purchases it’s a living...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Sep 2013
Consumer Protection has reminded private landlords in WA that they must lodge new security bonds with the Bond Administrator to comply with changes to tenancy laws which came into effect in July this year. There is a transition period for existing bonds, which will need to be transferred to the Bond Administrator by 31 December 2014. The reminder comes after the Perth Magistrates Court fined a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Sep 2013
Consumer Protection will discontinue legal action against a rogue fencing contractor due to him having been declared bankrupt. United Fencing (WA) Pty Ltd, a registered company of sole director James Lee Battah of Harvey, has been the subject of legal action by the Department after consumers in the Bunbury and Mandurah areas reported paying large deposits for fencing work that was never carried...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Sep 2013
Consumer Protection has launched a series of animatic videos on consumer rights in seven languages at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/myrights Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the My Consumer Rights animatic videos were needed because consumers from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, especially new and emerging language groups, often lacked understanding about their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Sep 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 12 September 2013, most Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price by 14 cents per litre (cpl) up to 161.9 cpl. Most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 160.9 cpl, most Caltex and Gull sites up to 159.9 cpl and most Peak and BP sites are going up to 158.9 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Sep 2013
A Sydney-based property investment promoter has voluntarily agreed to forego promoting his rent-to-buy scheme to WA consumers, to clarify what Consumer Protection believes is misleading advertising and to clarify statements made on various websites. Richard “Rick” Keith Otton, together with his companies Rick Otton.com Pty Ltd and We Buy Houses Pty Ltd, entered into an enforceable undertaking...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Sep 2013
A company which promotes a weight loss product has agreed to clarify claims made in its advertising which Consumer Protection believes may have misled WA consumers and to offer a refund to those customers in WA who believe they have been misled. IGEA Life Sciences Pty Ltd, the promoter and supplier of Bodytrim, has signed a Court enforceable undertaking with Consumer Protection agreeing to place...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Sep 2013
Computer hackers are using webcam photos and videos to blackmail their victims while masquerading as officers of international law enforcement agencies, including the Australian Federal Police (AFP). The scammers gain remote access to their victim’s computer through malware. Victims report getting a pop-up message on their computer which claims that the computer has been frozen by the AFP or...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Sep 2013

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