LISTEN: Man tells how he discovered the van scam

ALARM bells were ringing for Kirk Porter when he approached the seller of a 2007 caravan this week.

Mr Porter saw the advertisement in The Gladstone Observer.

It caught his eye because his dad, Phil Porter, is looking for a caravan in which he can travel around Australia.

Kirk Porter was keen to buy a caravan that was advertised in The Observer's notices section until he grew suspicious, believing it is now a scam. Photo Dylan Suska / The Observer
Kirk Porter was keen to buy a caravan that was advertised in The Observer's notices section until he grew suspicious, believing it is now a scam. Photo Dylan Suska / The Observer Dylan Suska GLA120416SCAM

 

When Mr Porter left a message on the seller's phone, he was told via sms that the caravan was at Mediterranean Shipping Company in Fremantle.

The sms instructed that if Mr Porter wanted the caravan he must transfer $14,000 and it would be shipped for free to him anywhere in Australia.

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"It's quite an elaborate ad," Mr Porter said.

"At face value I didn't think it was a scam.

"All we really wanted to do was have a look at it and go from there.

"They wanted the money up front and then they were going to send it to us.

"I'm a cynical man at the best of times and it just set all the hairs up the back of my neck.

"That is not how you do business."



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