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A Perth real estate agency’s computer system has been hacked by scammers, resulting in bogus advertisements being posted on numerous rental accommodation websites. Actions are being taken to have the fake ads removed and to have an email address being used by the scammers ( rentscall@gmail.com ) closed down. The scammers gained access to the western suburbs’ agency’s log in details for sites such...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 May 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by 22 cents per litre (cpl) to 136 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 23 May 2017, most Caltex Woolworths and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (an increase of 29 cpl and 27 cpl, respectively). Most Caltex and Coles Express sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 May 2017
A safety investigation has been launched into the novelty items ‘fidget spinners’ following reports of injuries and concerns about some models which contain button batteries. Among the injury reports are an 11 year old boy in Victoria who suffered a serious eye injury from a model with sharp edges and a ten year old girl in the United States who swallowed one of the small parts. Product safety...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 May 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 134.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 16 May 2017, most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 138.9 cpl (an increase of 25 cpl). Most Puma, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 137.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 May 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection WA is a proud supporter of Fraud Week, which this year starts on the 15 th of May and aims to help social media users learn how to spot a scam. Social media profiles often display a lot of personal information, such as your photos, where you have been lately, a record of life events, who you’re connected to and...
Consumer Protection
Department News
12 May 2017
Consumer Protection is reminding buyers of demonstration vehicles that they are entitled to the full term of the manufacturer’s warranty in terms of time, and the clock only starts ticking from the date of purchase. The warranty on a demonstration vehicle is only affected in terms of distance travelled, with the odometer reading at the time of purchase allowed to be deducted. For example, a 5...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 May 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 135.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 9 May 2017, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (an increase of 25 cpl). Most Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 137.9 cpl,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 May 2017
A Thornlie man who bought and sold vehicles over a 16 month period without a dealer’s licence has been fined $5,000 by the Armadale Magistrates Court. Majid Hussain Al Asadi had bought 35 vehicles at auction and then sold 18 of them privately on Gumtree between March 2015 and June 2016 while unlicensed, in breach of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. He was also ordered to pay costs of $601.50 on 2...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 May 2017
The end of the financial year is the busiest time when tax scammers become active and Consumer Protection is urging people not to fall victim. According to figures from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), a total of 56 victims reported losing more than $258,000 to phone based tax scams in WA in 2016. Already this year, 8 victims have reported losing more than $15,000 to ATO impersonation scam...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 May 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 136 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 2 May 2017, most 7-Eleven, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (increasing between 20 and 24 cpl). Most Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 May 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard You may have seen advertisements for LuxStyle on Facebook or Instagram. In March 2017, Consumer Protection welcomed a Public Warning Notice issued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) about the alleged conduct of the Denmark-based online retailer Lux International Sales ApS, which trades under the name...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Apr 2017
On 23 November the State Administrative Tribunal found that Centex Australasia Pty Ltd and Mr Rick Bantleman had breached section 7(1) of the Code of Conduct for Agents and Sales Representatives 2011 (WA) by not acting fairly and honestly. On 21 April 2017, the Court of Appeal overturned this decision and dismissed the case against Mr Bantleman and Centex Australasia Pty Ltd. Media contact (...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Apr 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard When you’re looking for flights or accommodation, insurance or finance products or even a real estate agent there are comparison websites claiming to have shopped around for you. They may advertise on TV and radio and their online promotion often involves them paying to make their site appear toward the top of the page when you type...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Apr 2017
Scammers are using the name of a Subiaco jeweller to persuade their victims to urgently send money in a new variation to the ‘help me’ scam. Recent reports received by WA Scamnet at Consumer Protection suggest that people are receiving phone calls from scammers saying that a relative or friend has purchased jewellery at the Smales jewellery store but their credit card transaction had been...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Apr 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 137.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 25 April 2017, most Puma, BP, Caltex Woolworths, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (increasing between 20 and 24 cpl). Most United sites...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Apr 2017
A real estate agent who forged signatures and prepared bogus listing and sales contracts has had his licence cancelled by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and has been banned from working in the industry in WA for 15 years. Joseph Weng Kong Cheong and his company Easy Invest Pty Ltd , formerly based in Rivervale, were reprimanded and their licences cancelled as a result of disciplinary...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2017
Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), a body made up of consumer affairs officials across Australia, has delivered its final report on the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) review to Commonwealth, state and territory consumer affairs Ministers. CAANZ proposes a package of 19 proposed legislative reforms to strengthen and clarify the ACL in order to improve consumer wellbeing. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Apr 2017
A motor vehicle repairer has been fined $1,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to comply with a condition on his repairer’s certificate. Stephen Jeffrey Sokol of Aveley was reprimanded for breaching the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act and was also ordered to pay costs of $500. Consumer Protection issued a motor vehicle repairer’s certificate to Mr Sokol in March 2011. In June 2014,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Apr 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 137 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 18 April 2017, most 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (increasing between 23 and 26 cpl). Most United sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Apr 2017
Consumer Protection reminds traders and consumers that the following retail trading hours for general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area will apply over the Easter long weekend: Good Friday (14 April) Closed Easter Saturday (15 April) 8am – 5pm Easter Sunday (16 April) 11am – 5pm Easter Monday (17 April) 8am – 6pm (extended trading approved) General retail shops All shops are regarded as...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Apr 2017
A roof insulation company has been fined $18,000 by the Albany Magistrates Court for misleading consumers about the quality rating and standard of one of their products. Golden Bay Properties Pty Ltd , trading as Jumbuck Wool Insulation , was also ordered to pay costs totalling $11,968 when sentenced on 6 April 2017. In September 2014, an officer from Consumer Protection purchased polyester...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Apr 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 136.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 11 April 2017, most Caltex, Puma and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (an increase of 26 cpl by Caltex and Puma and 25 cpl by Coles Express). Most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Apr 2017
South-East Asian crime gangs based in the eastern states are renting homes from Perth landlords and turning them into indoor cannabis farms, causing extensive damage. Consumer Protection is urging private landlords to be aware of this recent criminal activity which is costing property owners tens of thousands of dollars in repair bills. A total of 21 homes over the past seven months have been...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Apr 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by about 16 cents per litre (cpl) to 133.0 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 4 April 2017, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 137.9 cpl (an increase of 25 cpl). Most 7-Eleven and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 136.9, most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Apr 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard In the wake of the tragic death of a three-month-old in WA last month (February 2017) after he was left momentarily unattended in a baby swing, it is timely to recall the practices, items and environments considered safe for infant sleeping. The case here follows a similar episode in the UK in 2015 where a baby girl died in a bouncer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Mar 2017

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