Mount Gambier residents are being reminded to be wary of would-be con artists after police received reports of a “white van scam” this morning.
The “white van scam” is known globally and has been relatively common since the 1980s. It is a scam sales technique in which a con artist makes a buyer believe they are getting a good price on home entertainment products, when in reality the product is a cheap generic brand.
Just after 9am, Friday 13 October, a resident in Mount Gambier was approached by two men of European appearance in a white Toyota Hiace Van, Qld Registration 943-VED, who attempted to sell him a home theatre system which they claimed was ‘high quality’ and ‘too good a deal to pass up’.
Police would like to remind the public of the risks of purchasing items from the back of vans, who often target customers in large public car parking areas. Purchased goods when unpacked from the box often do not match the description given, sample shown or model portrayed on the packaging. Often the products are not just inferior; they actually turn out to be counterfeit. This means the ‘bargain’ for a well-known brand is a high price because you have received a fake, low quality version, which could be dangerous because it may not meet Australian safety standards.
Remember: "If it is too good to be true, then it probably is!"
Continued education is a powerful tool to defeat scammers, so remember that for all the latest information about scams – and how to avoid being conned – you can visit ScamWatch
Anyone with information about this offence or the location of the van is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online here.