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Misleading advertisement puts the advertiser behind bars

20/06/2018


The Primary Court in Al-Buraimi have recently pronounced a verdict against a violator of the Consumer Protection Law as promulgated by Royal Decree No. 66/2014. The conviction verdict-imposed prison time and fines.



 

 

An individual published a misleading advertisement online on a website, deluding consumers that he owns a housemaid recruitment office that recruits maids from the Philippines, with the contact number for that office. A consumer communicated with the advertiser on the phone and he was told that the office is in wilayat Al-Buraimi and agreed to recruit a maid for an amount of OMR 1,200.
 The consumer deposited the amount through his bank account as per the agreement, yet, the advertiser stalled him for almost a year, which lead the consumer to head to the Consumer Protection Department of Al-Buraimi.
The consumer demanded a refund and compensation for damages for the noncompliance of the other party of the agreement. The legal procedures were finalized the accused was convicted in three months prison time, a financial fine of OMR 550, and to refund the amount paid by the consumer (OMR 1,350) in the civil case.
PACP advises all consumers to take precautions, not to be deluded by misleading advertisements and to verify the credibility of such advertisements

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 No one imagined that greed and deviousness would reach such a staggering level that thought exist only in movies and investigative drama shows , yet it became a stark reality when some merchants sought to make a profit on the account of health and safety of the young and adults alike utilizing the God-given intellect that they posses into destruction and evil instead of serving public good , the devious plan used ( Back to school ) season by carving holes inside books and hiding chewing tobacco inside in away from the inspectors notice targeting the younger generation with these destructive materials that effect the health , mind and safety of our kids .
 The Judicial officers noticed that consumers come very frequently to a specific shop during one of the inspection tours which raised their suspicions to strengthening the monitoring and follow up on that matter , students were spotted in the shop as well , the Officers expediently intervened to inspect the shop , the inspection did not reveal anything at first , however , the officers noticed a stack of books and decided to inspect it , surprisingly , they found more than 600 pouches of chewing tobacco on its way to be sold and distributed on consumers and students , the officers immediately issued a violation and referred the case to the General Prosecution to deal with the matter as per the Law


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