Fraud

  • Furniture chains pay penalties for making alleged misleading “was/now” price claims

    First 5000     |      November 4, 2019

    Four furniture retailers have each paid a penalty of $12,600 after the ACCC issued them with an infringement notice following an ACCC investigation into the industry’s use of ‘was/now’ price comparisons in advertising.

  • Calombaris gone after #MasterTheft outrage

    First 5000     |      July 24, 2019

    A Network 10 decision to pull the plug on the contract of George Calombaris is the right call after increased pressure from working people and their unions who have ramped up pressure on the most notorious wage thief in the country.

  • Optus customers urged to check for refunds

    First 5000     |      July 10, 2019

    Optus customers are encouraged to check if they have received an email or SMS from Optus about a refund they may be entitled to in relation to Optus’s Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) third-party billing service.

  • Kogan in Court for alleged false or misleading discount advertisements

    First 5000     |      May 24, 2019

    The ACCC has instituted proceedings against Kogan Australia Pty Ltd (Kogan) in the Federal Court alleging that Kogan made false or misleading representations about a 10% discount promotion, in breach of the Australian Consumer Law.

  • Pandora to fix consumer rights practices

    First 5000     |      March 23, 2019

    The ACCC has accepted a court-enforceable undertaking from jewellery business Pandora to review its consumer rights policies and staff training after Pandora acknowledged it is likely to have contravened the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) by making misleading representations to consumers about their consumer guarantee rights.

  • Ultra Tune to pay $2.6 million penalty

    First 5000     |      January 25, 2019

    The Federal Court has imposed a $2,604,000 penalty against Ultra Tune Australia Pty Ltd (Ultra Tune) for breaching both the Franchising Code of Conduct and the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

  • Watch out for holiday season scams

    First 5000     |      December 13, 2018

    Scamwatch is warning people to be careful about being caught out by holiday season scams.

  • Keep an eye out for investment scammers

    First 5000     |      July 24, 2018

    Scamwatch is warning the Australian community to be wary about investment scams, with statistics revealing Australians are collectively losing $4.3 million a month to confidence tricksters.

  • Fight back against ‘business directory’ scams

    First 5000     |      March 24, 2018

    SMEs are being urged to report unfair and high pressure sales tactics, as one fraudulent ‘business directory’ goes down in flames at the high court.