WA ScamNet has received a number of reports about fake websites claiming to sell discounted shipping containers that are never delivered after payment is made. WA consumers have reported losing money to the following fake websites (in alphabetical order):
- Agile Container Services - www.agilecontainerservices.com.au (May 2022)
- Australian Containers - www.australian-containers.com.au (February 2022)
- Best Containers - bestcontainers.com.au (May 2022)
- Boxes and Containers - www.boxesandcontainers.com (November 2021)
- Canopy Trading Pty Ltd - canopytradingptyltd.com (November 2022)
- Container Discount - container-discount.com (September 2021)
- Container Sales Au - containersalesau.com (September 2021)
- Cresta Container - crestacontainers.com (August 2022)
- Ecos Container - www.ecoscontainer.com (March 2022)
- Executive Containers - www.excontainersales.com.au (May 2022)
- First Choice Containers - firstchoicecontainers.com (August 2021)
- Giant Shipping Containers - www.giantshippingcontainers.com (April 2022)
- GGT Container sales - www.ggtcontainers.com (June 2022)
- Mammoth Shipping Containers - mammothshippingcontainers.com (May 2022)
- MYK Container Services - Fake sea container website - MYK Container Services (September 2022)
- PB Containers - www.pbcontainersltd.online & www.pbcontainers.com.au (April 2022)
- Prime Containers - prime-containers.com (August 2022)
- Sunshine Plant and Machinery - sunshineplantandmachinery.com (December 2022)
- White Horse Towing Ltd - whitehorsetowingltd.com (July 2021)
In September 2021, a review showed 10 victims reported losing $35,500 to these scam sites, after responding to advertisements for containers on online classified sites.
The victims were even provided with ABN information of legitimate businesses, before being asked to pay for the container via bank transfer.
Once payment is made, minimal updates are provided about the ‘arrival’ of the container, with some victims reporting the scammers are demanding more funds due to ‘delivery ‘issues, or requiring ‘customs’ or ‘insurance’ fees be paid.
Tips to avoid fake websites:
- Be wary of websites selling goods well below market prices.
- Be wary of online retailers who only accept bank transfer as the method of payment.
- Only use payment methods such as credit card or PayPal, which allow you to dispute transactions when you do not receive the goods or something goes wrong.
- Take the time to locate the website of the legitimate business and make independent contact to verify whether the offer is genuine.
- Do an internet search of the website and business and read the comments and reviews from other consumers who have used the same site.
- Ask to see and inspect the goods