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Travel agencies and land sales topped complaints list

December 26, 2016 7:23 pm

Travel agencies and bogus land sales topped the list of complaints for the Commerce Commission in 2016.

Reflecting on the year, Commission chief executive, Joel Abraham, says it’s been tough responding to hundreds of complaints.

“We received a lot of complaints from a lot of consumers especially from vulnerable Fijians like fishermen, farmers, even a pastor in Rewa village sold his car to give money to a travel agent and later found out that this travel agent is a bogus one.”

Fifty-six complaints were recorded against travel agents as the Commission advises people not to get carried away by promises of a better life overseas.

One of these agents is already behind bars, five others are being prosecuted while other cases are under investigation.

The Commission also received over one hundred complaints against an individual who collected about three million dollars by promising people land in Tacirua outside Suva.

Abraham has urged customers to work together with the Commission in ensuring that their rights are protected.