The Consumer Council of Fiji is warning Fijians against engaging the services of Potential Business Solutions. The trader provides a range of services such as sale of boat engines, construction services, small business loans and sale of vehicle parts.
A number of consumers have suffered financial loss at the hands of this dubious trader, which accepted money but failed to deliver as ordered.
The Council received 5 complaints yesterday (18 May, 2020) from consumers around Taveuni, Savusavu and Qamea, through our toll-free line, 155. This seems to be just the tip of an iceberg as it is unknown how many people have been cheated.
A consumer paid $2500 in November 2019 for a 40-horsepower boat engine. The trader is now ignoring all follow-up calls made by the consumer.
The trader is in breach of Section 88 of the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission Act 2010 for “Accepting Payment without being Able to Supply.”
Attempts by the Council to reach the trader were unsuccessful. The Council’s search at the Registrar of Companies Office revealed that the business was not registered.
“The Council is gravely concerned with the stance taken by this dodgy trader, especially during these challenging times.
We are cautioning consumers to avoid engaging in any dealings with Potential Business Solutions to avoid disappointment,” said Council’s CEO Seema Shandil.
Along with offices situated in Taveuni, Savusavu and Qamea, Ms Shandil said the trader also used the Facebook platform to market its products and services.
“Our approach is to address this before more people are affected and the trader swindles more money from vulnerable consumers,” she added.
The Council is urging consumers who have been hoodwinked by this trader to come forward and lodge their complaints on our toll – free line 155 so that necessary actions can be taken.