If you’ve been looking to buy a shipping container for storage, transport or even to live in, it’s important to watch-out for scammers making leaky promises.

WA ScamNet at Consumer Protection is aware of ten victims who have lost $35,500 after they responded to online adverts for discounted shipping containers and transferred money to several websites that turned out to be fake.

The victims were even provided with ABN information of legitimate businesses, before being asked to pay for the container via bank transfer.

After the payments were made, minimal updates were provided about the ‘arrival’ of the containers, with some victims reporting the scammers had been demanding more funds due to ‘delivery ‘issues, or requiring ‘customs’ or ‘insurance’ fees be paid.

As WA ScamNet works to shut down the ‘First Choice Containers’, ‘Container Discount’, ‘White Horse Towing Ltd’, and ‘Container Sales Au’ sites, consumers are urged to steer clear and be alert to other fake pages that may appear in their place.

This scam is different to the shipping container investment schemes we have warned about previously, in which consumers are offered the chance to ‘lease’ a sea container on the understanding it will be re-leased on their behalf and provide returns of up to 20 per cent.

Key signs that a website could be operated by scammers are when goods are being advertised well below market prices and the only way to pay is via bank transfer.

It is important…

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