Police warn of classified ad scammers

POLICE are warning those who love trawling the classifieds for a bargain to remember the old adage "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is".

Scammers are offering cars, caravans and boats at extremely discounted prices to unsuspecting buyers.

Killarney's Sergeant Bradley Doyle said the "catch" to the great buy was the customer must pay to have the vehicle transported at their own cost.

"In recent times it was brought to our attention by a member of the community in Killarney that this was happening," he said.

"On this occasion they said the actual caravan was in storage in Western Australia and in order for them to release it they had to make payment of transport costs - and that's where they get you," Sgt Doyle said.

"I don't have the exact amount of how much they ask for, but when you take into account the money you would save, it seems worth it."

A recent classified ad advertised a Lotus Freelander caravan for $24,650.

Sgt Doyle warned that the scammers were often located in another country, which made recovering lost money impossible.

"Often if people do fall for the trap, they do lose their money and there is no likelihood of recovering their money."

The warning signs are a deal that is too good to be true and a seller who is overseas.

Sgt Doyle warned that scammers were able to provide numbers that seemed to be local.

"They are often located overseas and utilise numbers that appear to be from Australia, but there are companies that can redirect numbers," he said.

"Just do your homework and be very, very wary of anyone who asks you to send money overseas."

"If anyone has any concerns at all, we encourage them to call their local police station."

Report suspicious ads by phoning the Warwick police on 46604444, Killarney police on 46641320 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.



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