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.