Steer clear of mo­bile phone scam

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - PENINSULA SNAPSHOT -

CON­SUMERS are be­ing warned to steer clear of a scam mo­bile phone of­fer promis­ing Ap­ple and Samsung smart phones at al­most half price.

The ads ap­peared in My Busi­ness mag­a­zine. They do not show the name of a re­tailer but in­stead di­rect peo­ple to the email ad­dress or­der­prod­uct­sales­per­son.net.

The ad also of­fers a free phone if three are pur­chased and claims to have the best prices for Ap­ple iPads, Ap­ple watches and Samsung Gal­axy tablets, as well as Nikon and Canon cam­eras.

No prices are listed and Consumer Pro­tec­tion and the Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion have la­belled the advertisement a scam.

Com­mis­sioner for Consumer Pro­tec­tion David Hill­yard has warned peo­ple to be wary of the ads and said they could ap­pear in other publi­ca­tions and on­line.

“A clear warn­ing sign in this ad is the lack of any brand­ing and hav­ing an email ad­dress as the only method of con­tact,” Mr Hill­yard said.

“How­ever, other scams of this type have used fake or stolen busi­ness names and Aus­tralian phone num­bers which are nor­mally di­verted over­seas.

“The best ad­vice is to have a clear idea of ex­actly who you are deal­ing with be­fore re­spond­ing to an ad and def­i­nitely don’t hand over any money un­til you are sure it is an au­then­tic com­pany of­fer­ing cred­i­ble and gen­uine dis­counts.”

WA Small Busi­ness Com­mis­sioner David Ea­ton said full-page print ad­ver­tise­ments such as this could wrongly have an air of le­git­i­macy.

“Scam­mers are be­com­ing more brazen ev­ery day but peo­ple need to be on the alert for of­fers that seem too good to be true,” Mr Ea­ton said.

“Th­ese types of scam ad­ver­tise­ments of­ten at­tract busy small busi­ness own­ers who are look­ing for a bar­gain but are not able to take the time to fully in­ves­ti­gate the ve­rac­ity of the of­fer.

“Re­cov­er­ing lost funds from th­ese types of scams is of­ten im­pos­si­ble.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, call WA ScamNet on 1300 30 40 54 or email was­cam­net@com­merce .wa.gov.au.

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