Online scam robs couple of $5000
An Australind woman is warning others to be vigilant after her husband was scammed out of $5000 after “purchasing” a boat motor from a fraudulent website.
The woman said the elaborate website looked professional, including everything from a money back guarantee statement to a gold lock symbol to signify it was a “secure site”.
“You had to set up an account, he put in an order and received an email to confirm the order and that payment was asked for within 12 hours,” she said.
“You could proceed with a credit card or bank transfer and there was a 15 per cent discount for a bank transfer.
“He took the bank transfer option and transferred the money into an account and there was no further correspondence.”
The couple then made attempts to contact the “business”, but the 1300 number provided was disconnected and emails bounced back.
“We are kicking ourselves ... it was too good to be true,” the woman said.
Consumer Protection regional coordinator Annetta Bellingeri warned consumers looking for great deals online this festive season to be aware.
“This year our WA ScamNet team has received reports about fake websites selling everything from toys to barbecues and outboard motors,” she said.
Visit www.scamnet.wa.gov.au for more information.