Here at Usedcaravans.com.au, we strive to make your buying experience an easy and safe transaction.
But unfortunately, scams and fraud are a part of today’s world.
May we suggest the easiest way to avoid getting scammed is to recognise and report it in the first instance.
We have compiled what we believe are a few useful tips to hopefully avoid being scammed.
Use common sense in all dealings to help identify and prevent fraud
The Golden rule is
“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!”
Additionally, if you have any doubts about the seller or buyer being genuine, walk away.
Be cautious of any potential buyer or seller who uses email or SMS contact only. Always try and speak directly to the buyer/seller.
Never give out credit card or bank account details over the phone or by email unless you absolutely trust the seller.
Be cautious of any email/SMS contact where the seller wants you to deposit money into an account to cover freight, insurance or other costs.
Be wary of emails or text messages that state money is being held for you.
ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS when talking to a seller to confirm they are genuine and know what they are selling.
ALWAYS try to meet the seller in person to pay for the item/s directly.
IS THE ITEM theirs to sell, Is it possible can they prove ownership.
USE A BANK CHEQUE for large purchase amounts – this is more secure for both you and the seller.
CHECK credit card and bank statements after purchasing online – advise your bank or credit union of any transactions that are unfamiliar or that you cannot allocate to purchases.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN SCAMMED, you can contact your local Office of Fair Trading, ASIC or the ACCC for advice and further information.
IF YOU SPOT anything on Usedcaravans.com.au that you think may be a scam, you may contact us on 0407 871 151 / 0409 522 744.