In today’s world of online marketing it’s extremely important to be aware and vigilant of internet scammers. Here at Caravansales we aim to provide both our subscribers and visitors alike with the safest possible browsing experience. However, it’s also very good practice as an individual or corporate advertiser to be diligent and aware of possible scamming threats.
Be alert to the fact that scams exist. When dealing with uninvited contacts from people or businesses, whether it’s over the phone, by mail, email, in person or on a social networking site, always consider the possibility that the approach may be a scam. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Do not open suspicious texts, pop-up windows or emails – delete them. Beware of unusual payment methods. Scammers often ask for payment by wire transfers, preloaded cards and even Google Play and Bitcoin. Be very careful as these payment methods could be a sign that it
is part of a scam.
Be aware of possible scams that may involve a potential buyer asking you, as a seller, to pay for the freight costs of goods prior to that purchase being completed.
Phishing scams are becoming more and more prevalent and are used to gain private information such as bank account details, credit card numbers and passwords. This link provides extensive information on how scams work, warning signs and steps to take if you believe you may have been scammed. https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/attempts-to-gain-your-personal-information/phishing
One of the best sources of information regarding possible scams is a publication put out by the ACCC called the Little Black Book of Scams which has an informative background in alerting you to possible scams and scammers.
Be aware of scams by signing up to scamwatch at www.scamwatch.gov.au
You can subscribe to the Australian Cyber Security Centre and receive information on security alerts https://www.cyber.gov.au/acsc/register/individuals-and-families
If you believe you have been exposed to a scamming incident we advise that you report the listing to us. Each listing has a Report button in the first line, just beneath the main image.
eBay Motors Scam
A common scam we’re seeing is people offering to pay for a caravan via eBay Motors. This is not a legitimate company or payment method. While eBay exists, and they sell motor vehicles, there is no entity called eBay Motors.
See below for an example of this scam. We have removed details to protect the person involved:
Examples Of Scam Emails
One of the most common scams we see are people pretending to be unavailable for various reasons (eg they’re FIFO workers and work on remote sites without phone coverage). They often want to buy the caravan sight unseen. Here are some examples of emails that have been forwarded to us:
And here is another:
There’s usually some bogus way of paying for the caravan involved. This this instance a fake PayPal transaction:
There are many red flags with these interactions. The email address for the payment was “[email protected]”. Do not trust generic email addresses. Another red flag is the poor English and the inability for the buyer to make proper contact and actually view the caravan.
We use spam filtering that includes a database of known spam addresses. Unfortunately, it is too easy to make new email addresses like [email protected] that aren’t known on the spam databases. Please be wary of generic email address and anyone who doesn’t make proper contact with you and inspect the vehicle.
In the one below we see some recurring themes that raise red flags. The first is when they say they’re buying on behalf of someone else. This someone else is always working remotely, it seems. The other is payment via PayPal. They often use fake PayPal payments to make it look like they’ve paid for the vehicle.