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Illegal matchmaking still pulls big bucks

Many introduction agencies have morals lower than a snake's duodenum when it comes to ethical behaviour.

The Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading Peter Lawlor has issued this warning against a Gold Coast-based agency:


Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading

The Honourable Peter Lawlor

29/12/2009

No love from these introduction agents

The operator of a Gold Coast introduction agency has been ordered back to court following allegations that she is defying an earlier ban which restrained her from providing introduction services to Queensland residents.

Minister for Fair Trading Peter Lawlor said Helen Dimitrijevski, the alleged operator of Love Network Queensland Pty Ltd, was today (27 December 2009) served with court documents in relation to action commenced by both Queensland and New South Wales Fair Trading agencies.

The Queensland proceedings allege contempt of court.

In 2003 Helen Dimitrijevski, her husband Zivko Dimitrijevski and TLC Consulting Services Pty Ltd were ordered to cease providing introduction services to Queensland residents by the Queensland Supreme Court.

The New South Wales Office of Fair Trading has also filed proceedings in the New South Wales Supreme Court against Helen Dimitrijevski, Zivko Dimitrijevski and Hollie Veall in relation to TLC Consulting Services Pty Ltd which had been operating as an introduction agency in Tweed Heads, NSW since being banned from providing introduction services in Queensland.

The food is fine but the signage is 25 years out if date

Hanaich Japanese Fine Foods at Garden City provides excellent cuisine.

But their signage is about 25 years out of date.

Prominent signs proclaim they will not accept damaged paper money.

We haven't had paper money in Australia for over a quarter of a century.

Maybe the sign refers to the crumpled up Yen which they are sometimes offered.

Very quaint the Japanese!


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Vandals smash 19 tombstones at historic Goodna Cemetery

PIC: Vandalised statue of an angel erected in 1922


Vandals have damaged 19 tombstones at Goodna's historic, 150-year old cemetery in Stuart Street Goodna, causing an estimated $100,000 damage overnight.

Police are investigating the incident.

One of the damaged graves dates back more than 110 years.

The Goodna Cemetery was established by the New South Wales government in 1859 before Queensland became a separate colony.

Local Councillor and Cemetery Trustee Paul Tully described the vandalism as "a senseless destruction of family graves".

"Whoever is responsible should face the full consequences of the law for this appalling desecration," Cr Tully said.

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Irish Gypsies back in Queensland with old consumer ripoff

The Irish Gypsies are back ripping off individuals and businesses with their well-practised bitumen scam.

They have targeted Ipswich in the past and were last reported on Brisbane's southside.

Ipswich residents - particularly those in the eastern suburbs - should be on the lookout for these swindlers.

Last time, one businessman at Lower Cross Street Goodna was swindled out of thousands of dollars over a dodgy bitumen job.

The Irish Gypsies laid white sand over the top of their sub-standard work, telling the small business owner the sand was needed to "cure" the bitumen.

Only when the sand washed away a few days later, did the extent of the wafer thin coating of bitumen become obvious.

The Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading has issued the following warning against these dodgy characters:


Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading

The Honourable Peter Lawlor

13/12/2009

Dodgy bitumen trader alert for Brisbane southside area

Fair Trading Minister Peter Lawlor today warned residents around Eight Mile Plains and Acacia Ridge to beware of dodgy bitumen traders targeting the area.

Mr Lawlor said the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) had received information of residents being approached by a group of men offering to lay hot mix driveways.

"The group consists of a male with a strong Irish accent and four or five males who are the labourers," Mr Lawlor said.

"They have approached people saying they have left over bitumen from their last job.

"They do the driveway job and give a price on completion. The work is sub-standard and cash is usually always demanded."

Mr Lawlor said one Acacia Ridge resident who agreed to the work was sprung with a $5,000 bill.

"No upfront quote was given so the resident was alarmed at the cost and also intimidated by the group of men, who demanded their money," he said.

"Another resident in Eight Mile Plains paid $9,000."

Mr Lawlor said anyone approached by the men should try and get their vehicle registration details and advise the OFT immediately on 13 13 04.

He said these particular traders had been previously spotted in the Bayside area and that they may be operating in surrounding suburbs or regions now.

Under the Fair Trading Act 1989, door-to-door sales of any goods or service of more than $75 must come with a 10 day cooling off period and payment cannot be made until after then.

Buyers should get two forms - one explaining the cooling off period and one which can be used to cancel the contract if so desired.

"Door-to-door traders must produce an identity card with the dealer's full name and address," Mr Lawlor said.

"They are only allowed to contact customers between 9am and 6pm from Monday to Friday, and 9am and 5pm on Saturdays.

"Fines of up to $54,000 apply to individuals and $270,000 to companies for breaches of the Fair Trading Act."

Report any scams or suspicious offers to the Office of Fair Trading at www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au or call 13 13 04


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Queensland Police Minister Neil Roberts is always impeccably groomed

But could someone in Neil's family please buy him a new hat for Christmas!


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New internet scam hits Australia

With millions of dollars being ripped from the pockets of Australian internet users every year, the email scams are becoming simpler but still deadly effective.

The scams seem innocent enough with the simple advice in the latest scam that the recipient has won 750,000 Great Britain Pounds.

I then asks only for the person's Name, Age and Country.

All pretty innocent until the final sting when they ask for your bank account details supposedly to deposit the winnings into.
Within minutes, your bank account is stripped of all its funds.

This can happen to hundreds of internet users at a time as the result of just one worldwide email.

Be warned and warn your friends, especially those new to the internet.

This is the full text of the latest scam email:


From: Irish News Centre

You won 750,000 GBP.

Send: Name, Age, Country


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Latest internet scam hits Australia overnight

The latest internet scam to hit Australia is offering
£750,000 UK to unsuspecting internet users who pass on their personal details.

Be warned and warn your friends.

The Australian Government should use it anti-spam powers to stop these emails flooding Australia which are financially destructive to many trusting Australian families.

This is a copy of the latest scam email:


FROM: Official Notice

You are awarded 750,000.00 Pounds by the British Toyota Promotion, Provide your *Full Names: *Address: *Occupation

Name
Address
Occupation



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