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A Maddington man has been fined a total of $13,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 20 April 2016 for buying and selling vehicles without a dealer’s licence and for selling four vehicles that had their odometers wound-back. Mohammad Farhad Momand was fined $5,000 for unlicensed dealing between April 2013 and August 2014 and $2,000 for each of the four vehicles sold with altered odometers. He was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2016
Consumer Protection and WA Police are alarmed at new tactics being used by criminals to get fraud victims to transfer goods purchased using stolen or fake credit cards. The warning follows the recent case of a 49 year old Geraldton woman who received goods from a man she had met on a dating website. The man, who had an Asian accent, claimed to be living in Sydney and working in Canberra. After...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Apr 2016
Overseas backpackers have been stung by an employment scam, losing money by responding to a fake online advertisement for jobs and accommodation in Collie. The victims have been contacting the Collie Visitors Centre and the Shire of Collie after arriving in the town expecting to start work at an orchard. They responded to a Gumtree advertisement looking for apple pickers at “Bluestone Fruits” –...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Apr 2016
A licensed real estate agent has been reprimanded and fined $3,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over unauthorised withdrawals from a trust account used in the management of a property in Forrestdale. Atul Kapoor , trading as Harcourts Elite Real Estate of Canning Vale, had also received management fees without having a valid appointment to act as a property manager. The SAT ordered...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Apr 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 121.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 19 April 2016, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 125.9 cpl (an increase of 26 cpl). Most BP, Caltex Woolworths and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Apr 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Crowd funding is an increasingly popular way for people to raise money for a variety of causes using the internet. If an online crowd funding campaign is regarding a work-related or leisure-based project we see this as peer-to-peer lending. However, when the fundraising is for a charitable purpose Consumer Protection is interested...
Consumer Protection
Department News
13 Apr 2016
Western Australia has imposed an interim ban on hoverboards which fail to meet electrical safety standards after unsafe models were linked to four house fires. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the 60-day ban in Western Australia supported the recent Australian Government's ban, covering sole traders as well as corporations. "The ban prevents the supply of hoverboards that don't meet safety...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Apr 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 120.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 12 April 2016, most BP sites are increasing their ULP price by 22 cpl to 123.9 cpl. Most Caltex, Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Apr 2016
Western Australian consumers and businesses are being urged to take part in a national review of the Australian Consumer Law. The review is being carried out by consumer protection agencies through Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand, and an issues paper has been released. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin encouraged Western Australian consumers, businesses and other interested groups to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Apr 2016
Extra protections for Seniors who are considering living in a retirement village have now come into effect, with operators required to provide clearer disclosure of information before any contracts are signed. The changes to regulations covering retirement villages, which started on 1 April 2016, build on requirements implemented in 2015 that require operators to provide more extensive...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Apr 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Court case highlights landlord obligations A recent court case has highlighted the need for private landlords in WA, as well as real estate agents and property managers, to be aware of their obligations under tenancy laws and to comply with them. In the case, Bozena Sakowski was fined $7,200 by the Perth Magistrates Court after she...
Consumer Protection
Department News
05 Apr 2016
Consumer Protection has taken legal action to stop a 65-year-old WA man from taking other people’s money and sending it to West African criminals who are pretending to run an investment scheme. The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking with Peter Melvin Kleinig . The undertaking prevents Mr Kleinig from soliciting or accepting funds for the purpose of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Apr 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 120.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 5 April 2016, most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 124.9 cpl (an increase of 20 cpl). Most Caltex, Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Apr 2016
IMPOSITION OF INTERIM BAN ON HOVERBOARDS THAT DO NOT MEET SPECIFIC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS I, MICHAEL MISCHIN, Minister for Commerce, pursuant to section 109(1)(a) of the Australian Consumer Law (WA), impose an interim ban on consumer goods of a kind specified below, because it appears to me that these goods, or a reasonably foreseeable use of these goods, may cause injury to any person. The effect...
Consumer Protection
Alert
01 Apr 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Next time you’re asked ‘would you like a receipt?’ say yes and be sure to check it. Contactless technology that allows us to pay with a wave of a card seems to be resulting in a lower take-up of receipts and this becomes a problem when there’s a query about how much was charged and what for. If you fail to obtain proof of the...
Consumer Protection
Department News
30 Mar 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 121.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 29 March 2016, most Coles Express, Caltex Woolworths, BP and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 123.9 cpl (an increase of 25 cpl by Coles Express, 24 cpl by Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Mar 2016
A gas and air conditioning supplier and repairer who took payments from customers without providing the goods or services has been fined $9,800, ordered to pay $4,290 compensation to his victims and has to pay the $21,000 it cost Consumer Protection to prosecute him. Christopher Brocklebank of Clarkson was found guilty of five breaches of the Australian Consumer Law in his absence on 16 March...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Mar 2016
A motor vehicle dealer who operated his business from a location that was different to what was allowed by his licence was reprimanded and fined $1,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) on 24 February 2016. George Reid Smith , trading as Pearl Motors , was granted a licence to operate his dealership in Broome in February 2011. He informed Consumer Protection in May 2013 that he was re-...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Mar 2016
A former real estate agency director has been fined $9,000 and ordered to pay costs of $908 after being convicted of trust account offences at the Perth Magistrates Court on 16 March 2016. Australian Property Exchange Pty Ltd , known as APFX (deregistered), was licensed under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and managed residential and commercial properties of consumers in Western...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Mar 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard You only have to look up ‘white van speaker scam’ online to find out it happens all over the world and it’s been going on for years. At the moment back of vehicle sellers are currently popping up in metropolitan Perth and regional WA and we want to make sure people steer clear of them. Reports received by Consumer Protection recently...
Consumer Protection
Department News
21 Mar 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 121.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 22 March 2016, most Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP prices to 123.9 cpl, an increase of 25 cpl by Caltex Woolworths, 24 cpl by Coles...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Mar 2016
Winners of 2016 WA Consumer Protection Awards announced Event coincides with World Consumer Rights Day A community centre, a schools program run by a gas company and a consumer affairs newspaper reporter have been honoured with the top accolades at the 2016 Western Australian Consumer Protection Awards. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin congratulated the winners at a presentation breakfast at The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Mar 2016
A woman who repeatedly broke WA tenancy laws when renting out a Bentley property has been fined $7,200 and ordered to pay court costs of $396. 56-year-old Bozena Sakowski pleaded guilty to 24 contraventions of the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 during a hearing at the Perth Magistrates Court on 15 March 2016. Eight convictions, with fines of $500 per charge, related to failure to lodge a security...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Mar 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 120.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 15 March 2016, most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP prices to 123.9 cpl, an increase of 27 cpl. The majority of Caltex and BP sites are increasing to 122.9 cpl;...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Mar 2016
Lying on an application to Consumer Protection for a motor vehicle repairer’s certificate has cost a Redcliffe man $2,000. 27-year-old Chien Kucdit Deng was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 4 March 2016 after pleading guilty to providing a false statement when trying to obtain a motor vehicle repairers’ certificate in February 2015. In his...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Mar 2016

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