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(generated from captions) Thanks for the thought. And that's Seven News to now. I'm Ian Ross. Goodnight. Thanks for your company. I'm Naomi Robson. Hello, and welcome to the program. I'm Naomi Robson.

a marriage made in heaven, Tonight, it was supposed to be but what the bride didn't know was was a fake, that the marriage ceremony

part of an elaborate plan to rob her. to break people down - women - His main objective is and take their money. taken in by the man, And she wasn't the only woman who's wanted by police. That story shortly. not worth the paper it's written on, Also, how to tell if a warranty is which can often be the case - and what you can do about it. Quick to take the cash, or even come to fix it. not quick to take the complaints

one million Australians Plus, more than are registered on dating web sites, looking for the perfect partner. under the microscope. We put the dating game Everyone's doing it. I don't know if it's cool. You talk to some people "Oh, not so sure about that." and they sort of go, And the lengths sellers go to top-selling fish, Vietnamese catfish. to trick the public about Australia's But first to the romance rogue - while engaged to another, married to one woman many more. and quite possibly more - David Douglas lures his victims, fake weddings and fake promises - often with fake rings, then makes off with every cent. Here's Rohan Wenn. I cry lots. Um... Yeah, I just cry lots more and more. and try and love the kids more and more.

I mean, what else can I do? He shattered us. We waited and waited. He shattered us. Is it recording? that's all he really is - He's a parasite - and he needs to be put away. I love you. in the middle of last year, When Linda Holmes met David Taylor she thought she'd finally found love. and he could charm anybody. He completely bedazzled me the right way. He knows how to treat a woman He knows how to treat a woman

at a Melbourne hotel, After a chance meeting quickly turned into something more. the pair struck up a friendship which I'd spent the weekend up there and David met me in Tullamarine Airport, and David met me and it was like a movie scene. and swept me off my feet, literally, Opened his arms, ran into his arms and it all began from there. even more appealing, And to make himself seem and that his family owned Taylor told Linda he was rich Resort in the Northern Territory. the multimillion-dollar Kings Canyon I was just... It was euphoric. in my life. I mean, I've never been so happy who I'd fallen in love with, Here was this wonderful man "Wow, my whole life has changed, who I trusted and thought, who I trusted and thought,

in the Northern Territory, "I'm going to be living and experience a whole new world." "do new things

But there was a catch. had a cashflow crisis. The supposed millionaire cowboy Before this all happened, credit cards and his wallet he said that he'd had his and he was getting them replaced, and his chequebook stolen, everything was on my credit cards. and so I believed him, and so the pair eloped to Darwin. After a three-week whirlwind romance, romantic thing I've ever done. It was beautiful, the most Absolutely beautiful. could never have known was But what Linda Holmes been engaged for five years that her new husband had already the mother of two of his children. to another Linda, Linda Taylor, And not only that, Linda Taylor's engagement ring, but David had even given Linda Holmes which it turns out was a fake anyway. I would have died for him nearly You know, and he's just married someone else and all this has come out now, God, I've been a fool." and now I think, "My God. Shortly after the wedding, $140,000 of his new wife's money. Taylor wasted no time spending Look. No more wrinkles! Botox! Botox! Look! Botox, Jen! was when I saw, Over the next two weeks we are running out of money. "David, you know, on you, buying you - "I have just spent over $100,000 three motorbikes, "we've bought two new cars, stayed in penthouse suites, "designer clothes, rather than Omni, "you know, drinking Moet Chandon

that you like to do." "you know, doing all the things Taylor wrote Linda three cheques Finally, the massive debt off her Amex card. that were supposed to clear And they all bounced, there was something majorly wrong. and that was when I realised When Linda contacted the police, to David Taylor at all. she soon realised she wasn't married David Robin Douglas, In fact, he was convicted conman 82 different women a man police say has fleeced right around the country. to break people down - women - His main objectivity is and take their money. In the 1990s, prison term for drug trafficking, Douglas received a five-year with the judge noting

threatened his clients. he was a violent man who frequently for fraud. He's also wanted in Queensland Douglas shot through. But when Linda rang the police, The last thing that they heard was on New Year's Eve that he was hitchhiking to Adelaide, was in Adelaide in early January. and the last he's been seen Linda Holmes in a newspaper, When Linda Taylor read about

she was horrified. for Douglas to come home to her She's waited loyally for five years and his two children, Luna and Wayne.

I just felt like falling apart. and shocked and - I just felt disgusted and hurt you know. "My God, how could he do this?" you know, to be a family with him, That's all we've waited for, all those years, me and the kids, and just wait for that because it's the right thing to do, having Mum and Dad there, and then to find out he married someone else, even if it was fake, you know - it tore me apart. impoverished circumstances, And despite Linda's has still been fleecing her, too. Douglas living the high life on my money, He's courting me, while Linda is 40 minutes away in a caravan park with her four children, waiting for him to come back to her to start the family all over again. Both women are now determined to bring Douglas to justice. Incidentally, this con man also goes by the name of Ocean, a reference to the George Clooney character in Ocean's 11. Look at him there. Happy as Larry on the honeymoon. No care in the world.

I don't know how he does it. And adding insult to injury, this is one of a number of videos Douglas left at Linda Holmes' house which he shot using her handycam. This is the morning after the night before. We've blurred the woman's face because we're yet to identify her, but we do know Douglas was also seeing this girl at the same time he was seeing both Lindas. I feel violated and used and lost, like... Thank you. Um... I can't explain it. I really can't put it into words, how I really feel. It's just - it's cruel. Both women want anyone who knows David Robin Douglas's whereabouts to contact police. They say it's the only way to stop him leaving more women broke and brokenhearted. Dial triple-0 straightaway. Get away. Report him. If anyone out there has seen him or know of him or they've befriended him, please get in touch with the police because he will do it again and again and again to other women, as we're speaking. and I'm sure he's doing it right now as we're speaking. And if you know of David Douglas's whereabouts, Queensland police are keen to hear from you.

Or if you know anything about him, please leave your details on our web site at - Or just give us a call. Now to the warranties that are supposed to protect us when we buy new products, whether they be as small as a toaster or as large as a fridge. But how much protection do they really offer? Well, our consumer expert, Helen Wellings, looks at some of the traps we can easily fall into

when buying a new product, and the battles that are often fought just to get a replacement or our money back. Quick to take the cash, not quick to take the complaints or even come to fix it. I do feel like the meat in the sandwich. when products you've bought They're meant to protect you when products you've bought have defects or fail to work, but manufacturers' or sellers' and those heavily promoted extended warranties are too often not worth the paper they're written on. A warranty is a warranty, but obviously they get away with it. I suppose I had the TV about 14 months when the line first appeared. Barry Rundell's faulty, unwatchable $4,000 plasma.

Charmaine Turton's unsightly new blinds that severely warped. Two defective control panels that stopped Patricia Sharpley's fridge dead, and spoilt her food. Josie Harvey's washing machine that simply can't wash. All cases of sellers and manufacturers not honouring their warranties. I just don't know how I can get it fixed, to be quite frank. Because they're not living up to any warranty. When you buy a new product, manufacturer's warranty or not, you have an implied legal warranty that the goods should work, that they're fit for their purpose

and that they're of a quality that's reasonable for the price. If not, the seller should arrange repairs or an exchange or, if the goods are inherently faulty and the problems recur, then you're entitled to a refund. The blinds are actually bowing. You saw that I had trouble pulling them up. When they are up, they have got a continuous bow in the blinds. When Charmaine Turton wanted brand new blinds for her house she had her mind set on timber ones. She says she was talked out of it by the sales rep, who said they had a tendency to warp. He advised her to get these PVC blinds instead. Within three months, they started to warp. The issue here is the actual bowing throughout the whole blinds.

It's just bowing, it's very heavy. And it's not letting - blocking out all the light. No worries, she thought, she was covered by a three-year warranty. She phoned the company that sold her the blinds, Accent. Numerous phone calls in the last four to five months. In the last two weeks, about five times. After seven months, still no action. An empty promise.

I think they should be replaced, maybe with a different product altogether. Knowing that they do have a tendency to warp,

I'm not sure if I really want to have the product back in my home.

I don't think you'd like it to happen to you, so get my machine fixed. Josie Harvey's washing machine suddenly broke down after 11 months - still well within the 12 months warranty period. Five weeks later, nothing's happened. The warranty means nothing to me because it's not been honoured. The good news? After we intervened, Barry Rundell finally got a new plasma. Patricia Sharpley was reimbursed $400 for loss of food.

And after Charmaine Turton went to the Department of Fair Trading, Accent is finally offering her money back or new wooden blinds. All up-hill battles that warranties should have saved them from. This really is disgusting. I feel like taking the machine and just dumping it on their doorstep. Now to our investigation into Australia's top-selling fish. Last night we exposed the little-known fact that most of this fish is being caught in the putrid Mekong River in Vietnam. Well, tonight, part two of our special report. David Richardson looks at the lengths sellers go to to avoid telling us that what we are buying is Vietnamese catfish - even down to making up names of fish that don't exist. Consumers can look at and know pretty much that it's a piece of beef. A piece of chicken is a piece of chicken. It's pretty obvious. When it comes to fish, there's thousands of species out there and there no way consumers should be expected to know every single species. What's in a name? Well, if you're selling Australia's most popular fish, everything especially when the breed's real name is Vietnamese catfish, Mekong catfish, or basa - a small, ugly fish farmed in thousands of pens lining the muddy Mekong River in southern Vietnam. A fish that produces thick pink fillets - boneless, bland-tasting but cheap. In shops around the country though, it is often sold as Pacific Dory. At this fish and chip shop, cheap basa is sold under its other name for $14.50 a kilo. In Brisbane, another city that spends big on basa, it was also found to be sold under its more exotic alias. In some cases, is the misnaming of fish deliberate? It can be deliberate. For example, putting an incorrect fish name on a product because it's going to get the retailer or even the distributor more money because it's a more exotic fish species. An example of that is substituting Nile perch for barramundi. Barramundi, I guess, would get a better price than Nile perch, and Nile perch is a cheaper fish. Clare Hughes from the Australian Consumers Association has been campaigning for tougher labelling laws on fish for years. How would anyone know the difference? Consumers shouldn't be expected to know all the fish species on the market. We rely on the retailer or the distributor to get it right when they're labelling the product. And now there are. The billion-dollar imported seafood industry is demanding

all sellers use standard names for their fish. The industry admits it's a bid to restore confidence in the industry, and stop people being misled. And it's already having an affect. At the big supermarkets today, the basa fillets were advertised as either basa or imported freshwater fillets. The bigger fishmongers also toed the line, labelling their product basa or, in some cases, royal basa. Do you think it's deceptive to call Mekong catfish Pacific Dory? Yes. We've been working very closely with the fishing industry to make sure there are uniform fish names so that consumers aren't misled. Lydia Buchtmann from Food Standards Australia and New Zealand has foreshadowed even tougher labelling rules in the months ahead. From 8 June, you'll actually be able to see exactly where your whole fish has come from, or your fish in the supermarket. It will say either "Product of Australia" or the actual product of the country it comes from, rather than just the requirement now, which is to say "Imported". Which means the Vietnamese catfish or basa

will have to be marked as just that. Today Tonight has tried several times to contact the Seafood Importers Association.

It has declined on interview, but insists these name changes will go ahead. That would provide consumers with a sufficient level of information

about where their fish is coming from and what fish they're actually buying. And as you saw in that report, we did try, numerous times, to speak to the Seafood Importers Association, but without success. Well, funny about that. You see, the association was quick to put out press releases criticising our story and threatening legal action, but is not prepared to sit down and put their case. Now to the Bali Nine, and ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are to be executed for their role in the plot to smuggle heroin into Australia. And late today, we sought reaction on the streets, to see whether Australians thought the crime warranted the sentence. He has done something wrong and should be punished for it and maybe life in jail, but, no - death, that's too big a thing. No. No way. Why? No-one should be... No-one should be... That's not good, no. N-O. No. No death penalty. Well, I'm not sure that I agree with the death sentence, but then, on the other hand, they know what they're doing

so they do have to accept some sort of punishment, I think. I'm still undecided.

They're just young kids, too - you know what I mean?

The Australian Government has really sold them out. I don't think it's right. I don't think that you should be sentenced to death unless you've killed someone else. Now, are you tired, overworked, stressed? Well, unfortunately, that's become the norm for many workers who are putting in incredibly long hours. But it doesn't have to be all work and no play. In fact, a growing number of bosses

are rewarding their hardest working staff and pampering them with all sorts of goodies.

Sarah Clarke reports. It's not unusual now for some people to be working 50, even 60 or more hours a week. The rat race is also stressing employers, costing them lost productivity through absenteeism and up to $200 million a year in workers compensation.

Stress is often heightened if you don't feel appreciated or don't feel valued. So that's exactly what new-age bosses are turning to - a novel concept to combat the rising costs of workplace stress. Is there any co-promotion opportunities? Gone are the days of the boozy lunch. Bosses are now taking workers to the beauty parlour. And for these employees, this is just another day at the office. Queensland State manager of Holden Queensland State manager of Holden Terry Mulcahy has adopted a hands-on approach, treated his staff to manicures -

and it's all on his time.

For the men, it's just as good - shoes off for a foot bath, and then a back massage. It doesn't sound that blokey, but, I mean, they'll be working while they're relaxing. All the programs we've had have certainly helped the total, haven't they? Yeah, I know. It's been fantastic. Keeping workers relaxed and focused is fast becoming a priority for employers. John Rawlinson from Talent 2 says some stress is good, but only in short bursts. Most people can actually work under stress for a period of time, provided they're being rewarded and provided they feel as though they're actually achieving something, but they can't sustainably work under that level of stress. So instead of stress, it's spice for staff at Gadens law firm in Brisbane,

who've been told to take on the kitchen instead of the courtroom. Just running our knife back through across the grain to get a nice fine dice. And partner of the firm Lionel Hogg says, in most cases, it's just as productive as if they were at the office. Generally, when they're in their work group, they will talk shop. They might bag someone else, get into another law firm or complain about what they were doing. It's a good way just to,

in a very casual environment rather than a formal meeting, to sit down and discuss what they're doing. Well done. It's perfect. I think we should give you a job at the cooking school. I'm fine. Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch? And when it comes to the hardline approach to relaxing,

staff at real estate company Pulse Properties are given the hard sell. So I come in, my hand goes straight up to there. Doug Tritton from Defensive Tactics brings all the equipment - and his patience - to the office. Some of them are quite nervous at first, but we've got them laughing in a few minutes and they're having a great time. Aaron Smith rates his office bonding session as a positive exercise, with staff able to re-energise before the afternoon drag. It's only a short part of their day, and everyone's involved. Everyone gets a good kick out of it.

With one in four of the Aussie work force

clocking up 45 hours or more a week, a little thank you or a back massage is a fair price for a happy and productive work force. It's all about stress relief, isn't it? Yes, a back massage never goes astray. Now, coming up - It's Valentine's Day, but for women but for women looking for the perfect match, be warned - some men on the singles scene aren't what they appear to be.

I've done the flirting workshop. I've done speed dating. I've done Dinners at Six. SONG: # Yeah, yeah, yeah # Zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom. # SONG: # Zoom, zoom, zoom... # The you who's all go, go, go. And there's the you that knows what you want. Mazda3 Sedan or Hatch. Perfect for all of you. (All sing) # Happy birthday to you! # MAN: Hip hip... ALL: Hooray! (Pants excitedly) Yum! Obviously, another Kellogg's Crunchy nut. Well, it is irresistibly tasty! that's on a tight budget that wants to complete a project, for the job that they need to do. Cabots 4-litre natural decking oil, only $49. 300mm roof vent, $58.90. Master Cut tile saw, $89. People know that we have the lowest prices so they come to us. Lowest prices are just the beginning. Well, it's Valentine's Day, a day when love is in the air - well, hopefully. But if you're one of the millions of Australians still looking for love, we may be able to offer a few tips. Tonight, we look at some of the ways and the great lengths some people will go to to find their perfect match. But be warned, it can come at a cost. And not all singles are what they appear to be. Here's Glenn Connley. I've done the flirting workshop, I've done speed dating, I've done Dinners at Six. In a world where singles can spend hours talking to strangers on the Internet, try their luck speed-dating, dinner-dating, even dating in the dark,

the business of matchmaking has become big business. I've probably been to about twelve, I suppose, 12 or 13 dinners. I might have spent about 600 bucks or so over the 12 months. It's an industry worth well over $20 million a year in Australia alone, making it one of our fastest growing service sectors. But just how vulnerable are the lonely hearts looking for love? Well, people can spend anything from $24.95 a month for an online service,

to thousands of dollars for a personal matchmaker. Many thousands.

Author Jenni Lans says it's an industry without formal standards. With co-author Alison Stieven-Taylor, she's written a book called 'The Price of Love' and it doesn't paint a pretty picture for singles. 'The Price of Love' online survey tried to ask people what their feelings were after they had completed the experience of any dating and 35% said "No outcome at all." About 23% were disappointed in what happened. Online-dating web sites have become one of the most common ways to meet your match. In Australia, more than one million people are registered which, theoretically, is more than one in five single adults. But just how single is single? 60% of those registered are men, and many, it seems, are after something a little less than long-term loving. MALE VOICE: Maybe we can have some fun together and stuff. If you want to hook up and have a coffee and see how we go... We placed two ads in a local paper, one from a supposedly married woman looking for fun with married men. A staggering 1,500 married blokes responded before the system overloaded. A similar message from a married man attracted only seven responses from married women. MALE VOICE: Yes, I am married as well and I'd be very interested in hearing from you.

Many online daters are married - 30% of them. And most men believe the objective for being online is casual sex. That's 35%. I know a lot of people do do that sort of things. I personally wouldn't. Single Michelle Hocking has tried dinner dating, speed dating and flirting classes, but says she won't risk the liars online. Either way, she says organised events beat trying your luck in a real bar. Everyone's doing it. I don't know if it's cool. You talk to some people and they sort of go "Oh, not so sure about that."

But I think when you look at the avenues that are out there it's definitely, definitely a safe option and it's an easy option. Is it love? Yes. Definitely. The Price of Love concludes that dating web sites are far less effective

than services guaranteeing a number of face-to-face meetings with potential partners, like speed dating or Meet at Dinner, a service which matches three men and three women on a triple date

in a fancy restaurant. It's where Katrina Hastings met Grant Victor-Gordon. We sort of enjoyed each other's company that night, sort of getting to know each other a little bit

but decided we'd swap numbers and catch up later on. Were there fireworks, Katrina? I think there, there, I think there was. You know, there are shonky people out there, let's face it, um, and I think what makes a good business is to find a company that's really passionate about what they do. Katia Loisel runs Perfect Dates, a combination of an Internet dating agency, flirting workshops

and the extraordinarily popular speed dating. Her enthusiasm is obvious, but admits not all her contemporaries are quite so conscientious. Do your research, you know. Ask around. And, obviously, if someone's asking you to fork out $5,000 then maybe you need to think twice. For Grant and Katrina, meeting at dinner very quickly delivered what their old social life had been unable to do. For them, it's money well spent. It was about going along, meeting new people. I always had a good night out.

Came back thinking "I've had a good conversation". I've caught up with some people for coffees after the event and I've met someone that I'm really happy with. Michelle, meanwhile, is still on the lookout. So far, Mr Right hasn't popped up at any of these events, has he? If he has, he's slipped through. (laughs) Do you think he's out there somewhere still? Quite possibly. You know, you never know You know, you never know what's around the corner but if you're not out there, you're not going to find out. Isn't that the truth? And coming up - parking inspectors caught on camera, prepared to stop at nothing to book as many motorists as possible. It's significant revenue. I don't think anybody likes getting a parking fine.

Now to tomorrow night, and the parking inspectors who'll stop at nothing to book you - stalking, hiding, even parking illegally. But what they didn't know is that we've been filming all their dirty tricks. You know, they're just doing their job. You don't get fined for parking legally. It's a trap. Bang! You got a fine. There's a guy across the road punching your number into a box. Parking inspectors at it again. That's tomorrow night. So I hope you can join me for that. And until then, I hope you all enjoy your evening. Please take care, and goodnight. Captioned by Seven Network.