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An offer to buy new and used items, advertised in several WA newspapers, has been identified as a scam after being reported to Consumer Protection.
The large colourful advert offered readers of papers such as the Bunbury Herald, South West Times and Busselton & Dunsborough Times the chance to sell ‘merchandise or product’ and listed a huge variety of items that would be accepted; from pets and animals to clothing, furniture, electrical appliances, toys and musical instruments.
The only contact details given were two email addresses:
A respondent who has spoken to the media (see 'Money laundering' advertisement appears in local newspapers) says that when she emailed about selling her household goods, she was repeatedly asked to take payment by credit card, via emails from multiple addresses. She became suspicious and stopped the communication.
WA ScamNet’s investigation has found:
WA ScamNet’s requests to the email addresses, offering the opportunity for the account owner to prove the legitimacy of the business/scheme, have been unanswered.
We’re confident this is a scam and we’re putting out a warning before anyone loses money or is used as a mule to launder money by accepting payment and then sending it on to overseas-based criminals.
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