Be vigilant against
Budding grey nomads urged to
scam advertisements offering cheap RVs
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NSW police have warned of an elaborate scam targeting retirees wanting
to buy caravans from classified adverts in newspapers.
They have received "numerous" reports in recent weeks relating to the
re-emerging ruse involving crooked sellers of RVs.
It begins with what appears to be a genuine classified advertising a sale
price below market value.
The advertisement will feature a mobile number, which will not be
answered, instead responding via a text message claiming they are unable
to talk on the phone.
After asking if the buyer is interested in the item, the scammer may
direct the conversation to email to conduct price negotiations.
Once a price is agreed, the scammer requests a considerable upfront
payment ‒ up to 50 percent ‒
by electronic transfer, then provides instructions to contact a freight
company to arrange delivery and make final payment.
"It is understood the freight company contact details provided defer to
another scammer, who takes a final payment before providing a fraudulent
tracking number," a police spokesperson explained.
"The goods are never delivered and the money is not able to be recovered."
Detectives from the Financial Crimes Squad have
launched an investigation and are urging the public to be vigilant
when purchasing items through online or newspaper classifieds.
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