Bogus business rings alarm bell
with Consumer Protection Commissioner Anne Driscoll CONSUMER Protection is warning consumers and the publications industry not to deal with Pacific Mobile Phones – a bogus business offering smart phones, tablets and cameras at “unbeatable prices”.
Since June 2015, consumers and advertising or publishing professionals have reported concerns to WA ScamNet about Pacific Mobile Phones. Among them was a Perth student who responded to an advertisement in a brochure that she received in her letterbox and paid $700 for an iPhone 6 that never arrived.
Our investigation has shown obvious signs of fraudsters in action.
Pacific Mobile Phones is a business name registered in New South Wales but Consumer Protection has spoken with the director who advised that it is no longer an active business and he has satisfied us that recent activity is nothing to do with him.
Advertisements, such as one shown here, offering mobile phones and other electronic devices for sale have appeared in magazines and newspapers in Western Australia. Publishing and distribution companies Australia-wide have been asked to produce and disseminate thousands of flyers and glossy brochures.
We understand stolen credit cards were used to pay in each instance and that communication was via email.
Attempts to contact whoever is behind the present Pacific Mobile Phones have uncovered several other irregularities in the way the business is run including:
No true physical premises despite the use of NSW and UK addresses.
Phone numbers rerouted overseas and questionable email addresses and email communication.
Seeking pay ment by wire transfer (MoneyGram).
False claims of affiliation with a known Queensland mobile phone company.
Anyone who has paid money to Pacific Mobile Phones and is waiting for their purchase should contact WA ScamNet on 1300 30 40 54 or email consumer@comm erce.wa.gov.au.
Anyone who sees advertisements for Pacific Mobile Phones in magazines, newspapers or via a brochure in their letterbox should not respond and report the advertisement to the publisher.