MCI, Defaming a Branch of an Auto Agency Announced Unlicensed Discounts in Riyadh

20 Jan 2020


The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has Defamed a branch of an Auto Agency specialized in trading cars, trucks and buses in Riyadh. This branch was found guilty of violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law by not adhering to the terms and conditions of licensing discounts and commercial offers.

The Ministry has published a summary of the verdict issued by the Criminal Court in Riyadh, including imposing a fine, and publishing the ruling in two local newspapers at the expense of the defendant.

In details, MCI received tips from some customers reporting that the said branch is conducting 40% sales on used cars.

Accordingly, MCI responded to the reports and released a violation notice against the branch for not getting a license, then the case was referred to judicial authorities for taking the legal measures in accordance with the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law.

Notably, the Ministry has already provided e-service for issuing discount licenses to the commercial establishments online. This is as part of MCI keenness and efforts to verify the validity and reality of discounts, besides ensuring the absence of manipulation or misleading towards the consumers, and for eliminating 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.

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Last Modified 21 Jan 2020