Updated May 2022
Warning from WA ScamNet about a fake website selling cheap second-hand caravans - ivan-caravan.com.au - the ABN of a legitimate WA business was stolen to set up the website. Until WA ScamNet can get it taken down, beware!
Other reported fake caravan websites include:
- www.caravanrvau.com (Nov 2021)
- www.creativemotorhomes.com (May 2021)
- www.findyourcaravan.com (May 2022)
Fake transport websites used
These dodgy sites refer victims to fake transport websites, claiming the funds will be held "in escrow" until the caravan has been inspected, and with the promise of a full refund if the customers weren’t satisfied.
Fake transport sites include:
- Adcon Logistics (www.adconlogistics.com) (Nov 2021)
- Au Ltd Transport (www.aultdtransport.com)
- Australia A&D Transport (www.australiaadtransport.com)
- Australia MD Transport (www.australiamdtransport.com)
These fake transport websites reference legitimate ABNs, which they appear to be using fraudulently. WA Scamnet has alerted the real owners of the ABNs.
Anyone who has ordered goods from these websites should immediately report the transaction to their bank as fraudulent.
Tips to avoid fake websites
- Be wary of ‘great deals’ served to you via an internet search or pop-ups. Scammers hope to catch you out when you impulse buy, for example because of the promise of a bargain.
- Be suspicious of sites you haven’t heard of before or that haven’t been online for long (copyright 2020 at the bottom for example).
- Consider the risks if there is no physical address, phone contact details or ABN.
- Watch out for sites asking for insecure payment methods (direct bank transfer or wire transfer).
- Protect yourself by using known reputable sites and paying by a secure system (padlocked) with credit card or Paypal, which provides you with an opportunity to seek a chargeback if you don’t get what you paid for.
- Use the internet to search for reviews before buying from a website as this will often reveal consumer blog threads exposing scam sites, or indeed one of Consumer Protection’s warnings.
- Be aware scammers create copycat sites of real online businesses. Pixelated photos can be a sign of this.
- Remember it’s hard to enforce the Australian Consumer Law if an online business is overseas.
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