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Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that's the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 29 August 2013, most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are hiking their ULP price by 16 cents per litre (cpl) up to 157.9 cpl. Most BP and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price by 15 cpl up to 156.9 cpl, most Gull and Peak sites up to 155.9 cpl and 154.9 cpl respectively. Tomorrow'...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Aug 2013
The Court of Appeal has dismissed a second appeal by the director of Westpoint Realty Pty Ltd (in liquidation), Mr Norman Phillip Carey, against five convictions for making false or misleading representations. Mr Carey was convicted in his personal capacity because he was a director of Westpoint Corporation, and failed to persuade the magistrate that he could not have prevented the offences by...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Aug 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 22 August 2013, most BP sites are hiking their ULP price by 15 cents per litre (cpl) up to 157.9 cpl. Most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 156.9 cpl, most Coles Express and Gull sites up to 155.9 cpl and most Peak up to 154.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Aug 2013
A Wilson real estate agency, the agency licensee and a sales representative have been fined a total of $11,500 for misleading a buyer during a property transaction. Stoneform Enterprises Pty Ltd, trading as Minic Property Group, was fined $5,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) on 14 August 2013. Agency licensee Sabrina Lynn Minic was also fined $5,000 and sales representative Michael...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Aug 2013
Consumer Protection is seeking community comment about the laws which cover the WA travel industry with licensing under review and the phasing-out of the national compensation scheme over the next two years. A majority of state and territory ministers decided in December last year to withdraw from the national licensing system and the Travel Compensation Fund, which provided consumers with...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Aug 2013
A company operating a car dealership in Rockingham and its sole director have been ordered to pay more than $40,000 in fines and costs after misleading a client over the sale of a caravan on consignment. Cavalier Asset Pty Ltd, trading as Rockingham Windsor and Statewide Cars and Commercials, was fined $20,000 by the Rockingham Magistrates Court on 15 August 2013 for breaching the Australian...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Aug 2013
WA ScamNet has received reports from 24 scam victims in just one week (5-9 August) who have reported a total of $2 million in losses. A man in his late 70’s from WA’s Great Southern has reported losing a million dollars while two others have lost $180,000 and $91,000 each in separate romance frauds. Another victim has reported losing half a million dollars in an investment scam. Also among the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Aug 2013
A man has been arrested in Nigeria in connection with the attempted fraudulent sale of a home in Western Australia. Ntuen Promise EKENMINI was apprehended by Nigerian authorities yesterday when he attended an international courier office and attempted to collect documents with a forged driver’s licence in the name of the South African home owner. The documents related to a supposed settlement of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Aug 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 15 August 2013, most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are hiking their ULP price by 16 cents per litre (cpl) up to 157.9 cpl. Most Coles Express, BP and Gull sites are increasing their ULP price up to 156.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 155.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan average price for ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Aug 2013
Consumer Protection is reminding the WA community that raising money for a charitable purpose in WA must be carried out by a licensed charity or under their authority. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll has expressed concern that some funds are being collected outside the safeguards of the licensing system. “While we don’t want to dampen the enthusiasm, compassion and generosity...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Aug 2013
A Balga man has been fined $2,500 and ordered to pay costs of $925 by the Perth Magistrates Court for unlicensed car dealing. Clinton Bradley Oreb was charged by Consumer Protection for buying and selling 17 vehicles between June 2011 and March 2012 without having a licence. He was convicted on 9 August 2013 after being found to be in breach of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. Mr Oreb advertised...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Aug 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol - that's the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 8 August 2013, most BP sites are hiking their ULP price by 15 cents per litre (cpl) up to 159.9 cpl. Most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price by 14 cpl up to 158.9 cpl, most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites by 13 cpl up to 157.9 cpl and most Gull and Peak sites up to 154.9 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Aug 2013
Consumer Protection is hosting free seminars across regional WA to explain recent changes to the law which will affect more than 38,500 private landlords who rent out properties across the State. The changes arise from the commencement of a new version of the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 on 1 July 2013. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said thousands of people had already...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Aug 2013
Consumer Protection is seeking the views of the community as part of a review of laws that regulate the motor vehicle industry in WA. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll has urged businesses involved in the industry and consumers to read the discussion paper, which has been released today, and put in a submission so that their views can be heard. “The laws under review include two...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Aug 2013
A fake website, now closed, was used in an attempt to scam overseas backpackers looking for work as fruit pickers in WA’s South West. Consumer Protection and WA Police have received reports from concerned consumers that the website – www.orangeshill.net.au – offered jobs and accommodation and requested deposits be sent to a prepaid credit card account. It was confirmed that the farm in Manjimup...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Aug 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 1 August 2013, most Gull sites are hiking their ULP price by 11 cents per litre (cpl) up to 159.9 cpl. Most Peak and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price up to 158.9 cpl, most Caltex Woolworths and BP sites up to 157.9 cpl and most Caltex sites up to 156.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Jul 2013
A Kalgoorlie man who has lost more than $20,000 in two separate romance frauds is sharing his story with the community in a bid to stop others being scammed. It comes as officers from Project Sunbird – a joint anti-fraud initiative between WA Police Major Fraud Squad and Consumer Protection – make intervention visits to the homes of dozens of victims in the Goldfields-Esperance region. 52-year-...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Jul 2013
A national furniture removal company which operates in WA has agreed to change the terms of its standard contract with customers following action by Consumer Protection. R.F. & M.D. Miller’s Moves Pty Ltd, based in Mornington Victoria, has entered into an enforceable undertaking under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) to remove a clause in their standard contract. The contract purported to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jul 2013
More than twenty suspected fraud victims in Kalgoorlie Boulder are due to receive an intervention visit as part of Project Sunbird – a joint anti-fraud initiative between WA Police Major Fraud Squad and Consumer Protection. The potential romance or investment fraud victims have been identified through money transfers to West Africa. The total recorded monetary loss for the Goldfields-Esperance...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Jul 2013
Perth fuel prices will hit a record high tomorrow with the metropolitan average for ULP reaching 160.6 cents per litre (cpl). The highest ULP price will be 165 cpl at Mundijong. Excluding smaller outer metropolitan sites, the peak ULP price tomorrow will be 163.9 cpl. The previous highest daily metropolitan average for ULP was 160 cpl on 15 July 2008 when the ULP price peaked at 172 cpl at...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jul 2013
Accommodation providers are being targeted by scammers who make bookings using a stolen credit card, before cancelling with a sob story and requesting a refund be paid into a bank account. But it’s not just businesses affected by this scam, as Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll explains. “A consumer reported to WA ScamNet that she had been wrongly charged by a hotel in New South...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Jul 2013
WA consumers have lost a total of $170,000 to scammers so far this year when buying and selling online. Consumer Protection has received 45 reports this year from people who have been scammed by bogus buyers and sellers who operate using legitimate online classified sites such as Gumtree and eBay. Items targeted include cars, caravans, boats, rental accommodation, electronics, pets and concert/...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jul 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 18 July 2013, most Caltex Woolworths sites are hiking their ULP price by 18 cents per litre (cpl) up to 163.9 cpl. Most Coles Express and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP prices by 17 cpl up to 162.9 cpl, most BP sites by 15 cpl up to 161.9 cpl and most Gull and Peak sites up to 161.9 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jul 2013
Consumer Protection and Energy S afety are investigating reports from WA consumers who have been approached by a solar panel company to conduct testing on their units which may not be necessary. The company, based in the eastern states, is charging consumers $330 for ‘anti-islanding testing’ and falsely claiming that this annual test is mandatory under WA law. ‘Anti-islanding testing’ involves...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Jul 2013
Consumer Protection is issuing an urgent warning to Western Australian consumers not to deal with so-called 'bitumen bandits' who offer unsolicited work and produce dodgy driveways that are too thin and use inferior quality materials. Reports received today suggest that two white men with English accents, in orange fluorescent vests and driving a white Ute are approaching homeowners in Broome to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Jul 2013

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