Di­a­mond deal loses its lus­tre in sale scam

Great Southern Herald - - News - Tim Edmunds

Great South­ern res­i­dents have been warned against sale ad­ver­tise­ments on so­cial me­dia after an Al­bany man lost $13,000 re­cently.

The man re­sponded to an ad­ver­tise­ment on Face­book that stated some­one from Namibia was sell­ing rough di­a­monds.

When he con­tacted the seller, who was ac­tu­ally a scam­mer, he was asked to send $3500 for the di­a­mond.

He was also asked to pay costs to cover taxes, freight and in­sur­ance.

Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Great South­ern se­nior re­gional of­fi­cer Iris Thomas said the man was told the di­a­mond would be posted to him and he re­ceived a track­ing num­ber.

“When he didn’t re­ceive the di­a­mond he con­tacted the scam­mer and was given var­i­ous ex­cuses and was also told that there had been a mis­take in that the di­a­mond had been sent to the wrong coun­try,” Ms Thomas said.

“The scam­mer told the con­sumer he would send an­other one; how­ever, he had to pay costs for freight, taxes and in­sur­ance again. The con­sumer paid for th­ese costs.

“The con­sumer never re­ceived the di­a­mond and in to­tal ended up pay­ing $13,000.”

Ms Thomas said the vic­tim made con­tact with Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion re­cently after re­al­is­ing he had been scammed.

In­for­ma­tion and ad­vice re­gard­ing scams can be found at scam­net. wa.gov.au. To re­port a scam, email was­cam net@com­merce.wa.gov.au or call 1300 30 40 54.

A man was caught in a fake di­a­mond sale scam. Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

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