Updated May 2020
Bora Machinery, Coad Machinery and TQG Farming
WA ScamNet has received reports about three websites claiming to sell discounted second-hand farm machinery with products paid for but not delivered.
Consumers have reported losing almost $45,000 to the following dodgy sites:
ABM Farming, AP Agriculture, Geiger Tractors, Pakenham Tractors and Shine Machinery
Further reports have been received of the following fake websites which are adveristing farm machinery for sale:
Australia MD Transport now known as Australia A&D Transport
The websites offer discounted tractors and other machinery, with payment via bank transfer only. This tactic should immediately ring alarm bells as safer payment options such as payment by credit card and PayPal were not included.
The websites listed postal addresses which are either those of other legitimate businesses selling similar kinds of goods or are empty parcels of land.
Bora Machinery referred victims to Australia MD Transport (www.australiamdtransport.com), which is now known as Australia A&D Transport (www.australiaadtransport.com), to arrange for payment and delivery of the goods. They claimed the funds would be held until the tractor had been inspected with the promise of a full refund if the customers weren’t satisfied. Both websites reference legitimate ABNs, which they appear to be using fraudulently. WA Scamnet has alerted the real owners of the ABNs.
Anyone who has ordered goods from these websites should immediately report the transaction to their bank as fraudulent.
Tips to avoid fake websites:
- Confirm the legitimacy of websites you are dealing with, especially if the website is unfamiliar and the deal seems too good to be true.
- Beware of sites using insecure payment methods such as a direct bank transfer or wire transfer.
- If an ABN is provided, check the Australian Business Register to confirm that the ABN is actually owned by the company referencing it: https://abr.business.gov.au.
- If making big purchases online, do your research. If a vehicle is interstate, arrange for a locally based company to do a mechanical inspection of the vehicle before purchasing.
- Search online for reviews of the website.
- Consider the risks if there is no physical address or contact information. If there is, search for the premises on Google Maps.