My Poor Neighbour on the Sunshine Coast has just called me because his mate paid someone AUD 6,500 for a brand new 40HC for storage !!
Over the last few months, shipping container seller scams have been rife with scammers taking advantage of increasing market prices and the COVID restrictions that has moved many interactions to online only.
Most experiences involve lodging online enquiries, either through Facebook adverts or Google adverts and receiving emails similar to below SO BE WARY
Note: Use of Gmail email, ABN not matching business name, website a .com and not Australian nor matching the claimed business name. No full address.
Known fraudulent names / business names in use
|Scammer business name||Scammer agent name||Phone||ABN used|
|Inside Cubic Capactity||67 m3||33.2 m3||15.4 m3|
|container-pty.com||container-pty.com||container-pty.com||38 122 373 979|
|Container Pty Ltd /
|Trent Isaac||02 8091 1463||38 122 373 979|
|Container-discounts.com||David Flynn||02 8091 5519
(displayed as 0280 915 519)
|38 122 373 979|
|Container-discounts.com||Adam Baker||02 6172 0669||38 122 373 979|
|Container-discounts.com||Ash Peters||02 8007 5320||38 122 373 979|
|A & L Shipping Containers||Paul Henry||08 6102 0588||34 150 597 989|
|Whitehorse Towing||Kevin Riseley||03 9018 5771
07 5641 1931
|30 006 114 941|
|Titan Shipping Containers (not to
be confused with Titan Containers)
|titanshippingcontainers.com||04 889 2875||38 122 373 979|
Shipping Container scams rife.
Tips to avoid being scammed
Verify the business you are dealing with
|(Copy of Business registration certificate, Liability insurance, bank account proof of ownership, full address, publicly listed phone number, Google location, Facebook, third party sites, Reviews, .com.au website)|
Call the publicised landline number
|Check for an Australian published contact number. When speaking, do they sound legitimate? Ask questions.|
Check email and website addresses
|Legitimate businesses will not use a Gmail or Hotmail email. Their email and website will use their business name and .com.au.|
|Legitimate business will not accept bitcoin as payment. Consider paying by a method you can challenge/ reverse (check with you bank for advice).|