The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has defamed an Est. specialized in the trade of ready-made clothes in Hail. The person in charge of this Est. was found guilty of violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law by not adhering to the terms and conditions of discounts and the relevant licenses.
The Ministry has published a summary of the verdict issued by the Criminal Court in Hail, including imposing a fine on the violators, and publishing the ruling in two newspapers at the expense of the defendant.
MCI has received a complaint from a consumer against the said Est. in Hail, and after carrying out the necessary investigation, the inspectors found that the Est. had not got the necessary license for conducting sales, besides the absence of price comparing list, before and after the discounts, also the absence of the price list before announcing the sales. Accordingly the violation was referred to the judicial authorities for taking the necessary measures as per the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law.
Notably, the Ministry has already provided e-service for issuing discount licenses to commercial establishments online. This is as part of the Ministry’s keenness and efforts to verify the validity and reality of the discounts and to ensure the absence of manipulation or misleading towards the consumers, also to eliminate all fake offers.
The Ministry of Commerce and Investment confirms the continuation of addressing those violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law by taking stern measures and imposing the legal penalties against them, in view of the fraud and deception towards the consumers. The Rules & Regulations related to Anti-Commercial Fraud Law stipulates penalties that may reach to three-year imprisonment, fines up to one million riyals or both , Defamation in two local newspapers at the expense of the violator, deportation of the illegal labors from the Kingdom, besides the suspension and prevention of practicing the same commercial activity.
MCI calls on all consumers to lodge their complaints or observations through MCI Consumer Call Center (1900), or through the application of a Commercial Violation Report, or via the Ministry's website.