Busting scams

Thoughts By 8 years ago

My dad called me for advice a moment ago. Two guys pulled up next to him, at a Mobil service station in Elsternwick. They were driving a white Nissan van. They attempted to sell him a sound system with a 1080P projector for $1500. They presented him a sealed invoice, with a delivery receipt to Crown Casino.

While we were on the phone,  I Googled the product, found scamshield.com; a public forum for customer feedback, read a post from “Stooged” 25/2/2009.

“Product or Service Involved: Eklipsch White Mercedes Van, 2 guys pulled up at Mobil Servo on Ring Rd Ardeer used heavy bullying sales tactics to sell home theatre system. They said it was the last one left and showed invoice in plastic to say it was paid for” – The scammers sell inferior or defective product or sometimes boxes filled with bricks.

This is such a great example of a social platform where people can share their experiences. I guess I wouldn’t visit the site directly, but Google had indexed the keywords and provided me with discussion forum.

Although the forum is messy, difficult to navigate and contains junk posts, it does provide a social resource that can be located with Google.

  • Simon

    Well, personally speaking I’d hope one doesn’t need the power social networking not to purchase unsolicited goods from a bloke at the service station…

    It also highlights another popular social feature of the web – gullibility. Be it the 10s of millions of dollars a year that leave Australia to Nigerian 419 scams, or simple piece of chain mail, there’s no evidence that people are any wiser – or indeed any stupider – online. Snopes.com however is one web resource that has enriched the entire world in debunking stupid chain mail sort of crap.

  • Matthew Lloyd

    I had two blokes pull up in a white van on high street in thomastown and try to sell home theatre system in a sealed box showing me some receipt for another company, I asked could I see in the box and the made some excuse and left