Police Swoop on Door-to-Door Art Sellers

Cadet Craig Timms & First Class Constable Nick McInnes.
Cadet Craig Timms & First Class Constable Nick McInnes.

PINJARRA Police intercepted three door-to-door art sellers and Consumer Protection issued a warning to WA householders this week.

Police stopped a van on June 9 after residents reported being approached by art sellers going door to door selling artworks for $170 or more.

Two Israeli men and a French woman, currently living in Warnbro, were questioned and more than 100 paintings confiscated.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said sellers may still be operating in Perth’s southern suburbs or in the South-West.

By law, a 10-day cooling off period applies to unsolicited sales in which payment for item over the value of $100 cannot be taken for 10 business days.

“If consumers ask them to leave, they must comply immediately and cannot make contact for at least 30 days,” Mr Hillyard said.

Traders are banned from door knocking on Sundays and public holidays and sales are restricted to between 9am and 8pm weekdays and 9am to 6pm Saturdays, unless they have made a prior appointment.

Consumers may consider displaying a sticker which reads: “DO NOT KNOCK – Unsolicited door-to-door selling not welcome here” and sellers must legally comply.” The stickers are available from Consumer Protection.

People approached by these art sellers should contact Consumer Protection at consumer@commerce.wa.gov.au or call 1300 30 40 54.

For more information, visit the Consumer Protection website.