Bogus boating website
We have had reports from customers about the website www.marinebazaar.com.au. While we have had no reported losses from this website we want consumers to be aware of this one.
The website is selling marine and boating accessories at very low prices. The ABN on the website belongs to another legitimate business. The legitimate trader was contacted and confirmed no affiliation with website and that his business does not sell outboard motors.
Often the biggest tip-off that a retail website is a scam is the method of payment. Scammers will often ask you to pay using a money order, pre-loaded money card, or wire transfer, but if you send your money this way, it’s unlikely you will see it again or receive your purchased item. This website asks victims to pay by bank deposit.
The bank account details on the site are linked to other websites offering other products at discounted prices and reviews of other websites show that consumers have paid for goods and not received them.
Tips to avoid fake websites
- Be wary of ‘great deals’ served to you via an internet search or pop-ups. Scammers hope to catch you out when you impulse buy on the promise of a super bargain.
- Be suspicious of sites you haven’t heard of before or that haven’t been online for long (copyright 2017 at the bottom for example).
- Consider the risks if there is no physical address, phone contact details or ABN.
- Watch out for sites asking for insecure payment methods (direct bank transfer or wire transfer).
- Protect yourself by using known reputable sites and paying by a secure system (padlocked) with a credit card or Paypal, so you have an opportunity to seek a chargeback if you don’t get what you paid for.
- Use the internet to search for reviews before buying from a website as this will often reveal consumer blog threads exposing scam sites (or a Consumer Protection’s warning).
- Be aware scammers create copycat sites of real online businesses. Pixelated photos can be a sign of this.
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