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'Items never show up'

Police alert after man loses $39,000 in RV scam

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FRAUDSTERS are still making rich pickings from potential grey nomads and caravanners.

Police have now issued another alert warning buyers to beware of a pre-Christmas scam which has already cost one Brisbane man dearly.

"The victims are paying substantial amounts of money for these items to be delivered, usually from interstate ... and the items never show up," they said.

Caravanning News posed as a prospective buyer and contacted one of these sites asking about an advertised Jayco Sterling caravan. No matter how much we insisted, the Darwin "company" would not allow us to collect our 'bargain'. It had to be "shipped" to us sight unseen .... and only after we had transferred the cash. See story here.


The latest victim, a Brisbane bayside local, attended the Capalaba Police Station to report his loss.

He explained how he had made inquiries about a motorhome he saw advertised on an internet sales site and was subsequently contacted by the fraudulent seller.

The suspect claimed he lived overseas and had allegedly signed over his motorhome for sale on consignment by a Sydney-based company.

An elaborate web page for this company was set up and appeared to be trustworthy and legitimate.

The victim then transferred almost $39,000 and expected the motorhome to be delivered during the following week.

After waiting several days beyond the date, he attended the Capalaba Police Station and after some very quick searches, it was revealed this was a scam occurring over several states in Australia.

"It appears the fraudsters may target people who may not be as 'savvy' with computer internet skills and may not readily recognise these scams when they come about," a police statement said.

"There are a number of ways to check the validity of company and seller names through simple internet search engine checks and also ABN checks.

"All Australian states have a VIN search service and for a small fee a perspective buyer can save themselves a lot of money and heartache.

"At the end of the day, if a deal sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Be vigilant when planning to purchase items."


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