Consumer Warning: Ship container scams leaving buyers all at sea


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 10 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…

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