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  1. Hi everybody, just saw this and thought it would be worthwhile posting:- http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-31/house-hunters-warned-of-online-rental-fraud/4448074 Hope you're all preparing for a safe and happy New Year's Eve! Jen
  2. The Pom Queen

    Scam Migration Agent

    I think this article should be a reminder to stick to using a reputable migration agent. An investigation by The Courier-Mail has uncovered bogus marriages allegedly brokered by an Oxley-based immigration agent. Bombay-born Chetan Mashru is also accused of profiteering through applications for refugee and skilled migrant visas students have no prospect of getting. A happily-married father-of-two said Mr Mashru, 32, offered in January to arrange residency for him "if you divorce your wife". The man's family in India yesterday received a threatening text warning against pursuit of complaints against Mr Mashru, a day after The Courier-Mail confronted the agent at his Oxley office. The Federation of Indian Students of Australia called for more criminal prosecutions of agents, saying such complaints were commonplace in an industry "reeking of corruption and nepotism". A teenage mother of three, who also asked not to be named, said she was paid $3000 by a Punjabi student who she married. The Inala woman, 19, whose husband has never set foot inside her Housing Commission home, said: "I was struggling money-wise at the time, and a friend suggested it. "My friend said if I need money, there's this thing I can do - I can just sign some papers saying I'm married and they'll pay me $1000 each month." The woman said she saw her new "husband" pass Mr Mashru a large sum of cash in August, the month they were married. While she remains married to the man, she no longer receives payments out of fear she would "get into trouble". Her husband, 24, who also declined to be named, must now return to India. He confirmed he had paid $18,000 to Mr Mashru, who sources visa brides through a network of Australian friends. "Chetan do (sic) only the girls sitting at home and who got children," he said. A second sham marriage involves an Indian student, 27, who claimed he paid $20,000 to Mr Mashru to be paired with an Acacia Ridge woman of Jamaican descent aged 21. A third complaint comes from Vikram Singh, who met Mr Mashru when his wife sought visa advice. Mr Singh, 28, said he refused a brazen offer from Mr Mashru to secure his residency by arranging a marriage to an "Australian, New Zealander or African woman" for $5000. "Chetan said, 'I have an option for you, if you divorce your wife'," he said. That was after Mr Mashru deliberately botched a visa application for Mr Singh's real wife Navneet Kaur, which has resulted in the couple and their children, aged two and six months, being forced to leave Australia this month. Ms Kaur, 24, said she had wanted to extend her student visa, but Mashru talked her into applying as a skilled migrant. She was "horrified" to learn he falsely listed her job as "pharmacist", then refused to refund his $1580 fee. Two students from Eight Mile Plains and Kuraby said Mr Mashru talked them into paying $3400 each to apply for rejected refugee visas. "He assures everyone of success and tells students that he has contacts," one said. Mr Mashru rejected all of the allegations, saying he did not remember Mr Singh and Ms Kaur, and had never applied for marriage visas. "I'm just one small guy in my office in Oxley," he said. "Students who cannot get the visa they want will point the finger at anyone." Anyone caught arranging visa marriages faces up to 10 years in jail and fines of $100,000. The Migration Agents Registration Authority has taken action against 11 agents this year, barring three. Last month an Indian student working in a Perth university became the 10th person jailed over a scheme in which English test scores were inflated to boost visa chances.
  3. The Pom Queen

    Phone Scam -Centrelink

    Just a quick heads up:wubclub: CENTRELINK customers are being warned of a phone scam that has targeted New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria residents. The scam, which began in recent weeks, involves people being called by someone pretending to work for Centrelink claiming they are owed a payment of up to several thousand dollars. The caller then instructs the person to send money, usually several hundred dollars via cheque, in order to release the funds. Centrelink says it would never call anyone and ask for money. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) received 42,000 reports of scams and reported losses totalling more than $63 million during 2010. Anyone who suspects they have received a scam phone call is urged to report it to the ACCC on 1300 795 995.
  4. Guest

    Scam?

    Does this site seem like a scam? http://www.myoe.com/Destination-UK.aspx Can't seem to find a street address...
  5. KY9

    House selling scam

    I have just read this article regarding the fact that your house could be sold by Nigerian scam artists if you don't have any liens or mortgage on it. http://www.perthnow.com.au/real-estate/landgate-begins-search-for-property-fraud-victims/story-e6frg3mu-1226113219277 It seems that the best advice is to make sure you have a small loan against your house that will ensure that the bank has an interest in any attempt to sell it without your knowledge. I'm wondering if this could ever happen anywhere other than Western Australia.
  6. I came upon this & thought I'd pass the Link on incase it happens to anyone on here. It seems that they come up with new scams all the time. So Forwarned is Forarmed & all that ..... http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/18/phone-scam-india-call-centres
  7. Dawny

    New phone scam

    Just thought i would share this email with you that i have received!! PHONE SCAM TO BE AWARE OF From another group. I received a call from a 'representative' of BT, informing me that he was dis-connecting me because of an unpaid bill. He demanded payment immediately of £31.00 or it would be £118.00 to re-connect at a later date.. The guy wasn't even fazed when I told him I was with Virgin Media, allegedly VM have to pay BT a percentage for line rental! I asked the guy's name - he gave me the very 'English' John Peacock with a very 'African' accent - & phone number - 0800 0800 152. Obviously the fellow realized I didn't believe his story, so offered to demonstrate that he was from BT. I asked how & he told me to hang up & try phoning someone - he would dis-connect my phone to prevent this. AND HE DID !! My phone was dead - no engaged tone, nothing - until he phoned me again. Very pleased with himself, he asked if that was enough proof that he was with BT. I asked how the payment was to be made and he said credit card, there and then. I said that I didn't know how he'd done it, but I had absolutely no intention of paying him, I didn't believe his name or that he worked for BT. He hung up. I dialled 1471 - number withheld I phoned his fictitious 0800 number - not recognized., so I phoned the police to let them know. I wasn't the first! It's only just started apparently, but it is escalating. Their advice was to let as many people as possible know of this scam. The fact that the phone does go off would probably convince some people it's real, So please make as many friends & family aware of this. How is it done? This is good but not that clever. He gave the wrong number - it should have been 0800 800 152 which takes you through to BT Business. The cutting off of the line is very simple, he stays on the line with the mute button on and you can't dial out - but he can hear you trying (This is because the person who initiates a call is the one to terminate it). When you stop trying he cuts off and immediately calls back. You could almost be convinced! The sad thing is that it is so simple that it will certainly fool the elderly and vulnerable. By the way this is not about getting the cash as this would not get past merchant services - it is all about getting the credit card details which include the security number so that it can be used for far larger purchases.
  8. daddyoconnor

    carsales company suspect?

    Hi I am not sure where I should put this on this Forum - however I really wanted to make you all aware about this company (If you have not heard of them). We are in the position (as are many others) ready to make our move out to Australia. There are various things that need to be done, one of which is selling our cars. We are using the Autotrader, Gumtree, EBay etc route. I posted on Gumtree last night and Autotrader two nights ago. Anyway, we had a phonecall today from "Car-Data" saying they can sell our car at the guaranteed asking price within 7 days. All they wanted from us was a upfront fee of £89. When my husband queried why they need £89 up front they said that this was to cover their advertising, admin costs. I goggled Car Data and came up with pages and pages (I mean loads of pages) of people having allegedly been scammed by them. :mad: Luckily we are now fully informed and will not be using their services, but just wanted to make others aware. Anyway - Hope this helps!!!
  9. first of all apologies cos my computer jargon is not great. so i feel like a total idiot because i was almost taken in by this scam a few days a go my computer started behaving really odd. I was getting these weird error messages and it kept shutting down by itself, everything was taking ages to load and it was just a total nightmare. So i got this phonecall from "microsoft" and i don't know if it was coincidence or not that my computer had been playing up. But this woman on the phone knew my name and phone number which she said she had got from ip address or broadband connection or something and that my computer had been infected with a trojan. This trojan was so severe and threatening that microsoft themselves call you up to rectify it. Sound strange???? So anyway after twenty minutes of being on the phone explaining stuff she wanted me to connect my computer and log into a website she would give me, but i asked her to call back in 30 minutes. meanwhile, i called this computer fixing company who help us when our computer is buggered and he said this is a common scam where they will steal all your details by inserting a worm or something after getting you to go to this website. apparantly also they ask you for money for the privilidge. Funny if she had asked me for money, credit details whatever, i would have hung up straight away ( and not because I am Scottish)!!! anyway, she called back and my mr told her what for. after that my computer wouldn't start at all and the computer wizz fixed it. so i don't know if it is a coincidence cos i never gave them any access to my computer while i was on the phone. anyway, keep it in mind. The thing is. i think I am doing ok, until something happens to my computer!! It makes non computer wizzes like me feel so stupid!!!
  10. Are the DIAC just out to make money out of the interest of your money invested in them to gain a visa or are they genuinely incompetant ( I wonder!!) Why is everyone confused? Why the long delays? Why the frequent changes to suit themselves? Do they really want to give you a visa or are they after the interest on your money? Anyone know!!!!!:skeptical:
  11. I have seen a 1 bedroom apartment for rent in west Melbourne CBD advertised on realestate.com.au. Now the aprtment looks very nice and the price of it is $250 p/w with all of the bills included with the weekly rent. I do not arrive in Melbourne until the end of April but the owner has said that I can rent out the apartment but they have sent me specific instructions and I quote: "I left the keys and contract of the apartment, already signed by me, at a company called Global Trans & Logistics They will handle the transaction (payment and delivery for us) because they act as a neutral third party service and both parts (me and you) will be verified to prove everything is legit with the rental transaction." Obviously, I will view the apartment when I arrive in Melbourne and I wouldn't sign any contract or hand over any money until I actually seen the apartment. A couple of things have thrown me: i) i was never asked to provide references ii) the company who are handling the apartment don't look like they are rental agents I am thinking it maybe be a potential scam, but maybe I am being a bit harsh and it maybe genuine. Any thoughts people? Cheers
  12. I have been off work sick today and could not believe my ears when I got a call (3) from the "australian Tax Office" stating I had a "grant" eligible for $4000, of course being english and understandably dubious I asked what it concerned. The guy (who frankly had such a poor command of the English language that defied stupidity) explained (albeit moronically) that he was from the ATO (like really!) and that I had a grant for $4000 (oooooooh! no s**t sherlock!), and I should go to a local aussie post office with (wait for it) $200 and my drivers license and passport (photocopied) and I would be given a postal number if I called him ..... frankly the storey becomes so weird at this point, that I felt the need to return bull***t and I claimed to be an Australian Federal Cop working in fraud (strangely) working in the ATO (WTF) yet he still felt the need to claim credibility...... well after much laughing (mainly at him by me) he conceded the deceit by ..... wait for it....poo pooing my credibility and feeling entirely childish he said .....prove it then (NAAAAAAAAH) ..the following silence was enough to state my victory over stupidity !!! long live the Poms!!!!! Hazzzzzzzar!
  13. loulou1205

    Australian Phone Scam - Beware!!

    Everyone beware of this: PHONE CON: No, that is not "Microsoft" calling We had a phonecall this evening from a woman claiming to be from Microsoft. She said that there was a virus on our computer and that they were calling to repair it. This rang alarm bells because how did she get our number (via our wireless router she told me!!!!!!) and why would Microsoft call us?!!!!! I questioned her on this and she hung up. Luckily I didn't do what she was asking me to (go to run and run a program she was giving us the name for). I did a search on google and found this news item (link above) and hundreds of forums of other people experiencing this and falling for it, having bank accounts emptied and paying $250 for the privilidge!!! I expect this has been posted before but thought, as this just happened today, might be worth telling everyone!! Seem to be targeting Aussies. Made me very angry because mother in law was just about falling for it. Hoping they will call back so I can tell them what I think of them!!
  14. The Pom Queen

    Realestate.com.au SCAM

    Hi guys Just had this through, thought it was important for those looking for a property over here at the moment: We have been informed of fraudulent activity using our electronic Brochure and Email Alert mailing list, where people are asked to send money to arrange an inspection on a featured property. If you have receive these emails please DO NOT respond as they are a scam. Yours sincerely, Peter Wright General Manager - Sales and Operations
  15. reads - under investigation We would like to notify you that you are currentlypending a investigation regarding your finances. If youfeel that there are no irregularities with your tax paymentsplease fill out the attached form with all the required information as accurately as possible and fax it or email it back to us.ACT Revenue Office We dont have our visa yet so there is no reason they would send us this, so please if you get it dont fill out the questionaire and send it back as it is a scam. .AOLWebSuite .AOLPicturesFullSizeLink { height: 1px; width: 1px; overflow: hidden; } .AOLWebSuite a {color:blue; text-decoration: underline; cursor: pointer} .AOLWebSuite a.hsSig {cursor: default}
  16. The Pom Queen

    WARNING - Scam on rentals

    Hi All I know that this has probably cropped up before with the odd comment, but I really feel people should be aware of what is happening. There is a website called "Gumtree" for Melbourne ours is: Classifieds – Gumtree Melbourne Free Classified Ads – Gumtree Melbourne Online Community We have recently had a client who has lost over $2000 to a scam artist on this site and ended up in Melbourne with no rental accommodation and $2000 out of pocket. What is happening is that people are advertising furnished rentals on there at what seems to be a very good price. They tell you that they are overseas at the moment and can you send them the full payment by different means rather than bank transfer as they do not have access to their bank, they send you further photos of the property etc and you correspond backwards and forwards for a while and then send them the money. The problem is you then arrive over here and when you arrive at the accommodation there is no key to be found. You try knocking on the door only to find the owner answers and has no idea what on earth you are talking about and have never heard of the website. Now this isn't just on Gumtree but is happening on some house share websites as well. Now don't get me wrong there are the genuine property owners who advertise on here as well, BUT please for your own piece of mind ask for proof that they own the property, this can be simple things like asking them to send you through their rates notice, utility bills, a copy of their drivers license etc.:wubclub: It is funny but we picked up a family today who have booked our accommodation and services and even though we are a fully registered company they still had a few doubts as to where they were sending their money and it was through them contacting a few of our former clients (which I never realised) they were told that we were indeed genuine and that they were fine to book with us. Now I wish everyone was so on the ball, but I have to admit when we first arrived we were also very naive, we found someone on the internet and sent them well over $8000 and we had no idea who they were. You get so excited about getting the visa and want to get over here that sometimes we all let our guard down. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE always be wary and ask for proof that they do own the property!!:notworthy:
  17. Guest

    Warning *** scam ***help ****

    Hi all my Girlfriend Is Aussie born and has just been scamed,,,She saw a add for some ACAI BERRY DETOX - VIV3LABS so sent vi her Debit card $12 to cover the cost of the tablets to be sent to her,She then saw her card had a further $ 80 taken by the same people. When she questioned it she found it was a call center so it was used to rip people off. If you see a add for Amazing slimming pills from these people DONT FALL FOR IT ..Here in England im sure you would get your money back from your bank but can anyone there in Auss tell me if she should try to claim it back from her bank as it was Fraud,Also i have told her to let the police know and maybe they will try to stop the scammers at work.Thank you for any help you can offer..:policeman:
  18. Guest

    is this a scam????

    i have my car advertised on carsguide.com.au ive had anenquiry from someone who claims there overseas and want to buy the car as a present for theri father they want to pay me via paypal and send someone to collect the vehicle ermmm somehow this seems to me to be an old scam updated to use paypal and to rip people off anyone else had this happen lesley x
  19. paulhug

    container scam?

    We have now been in qld for 3 months (arrived 4th July). We were initially told our container would be here (into Brisbane port) by 1st september. We then had an email saying it would be in Sydney by 9th september and Brisbane by 16th september. We were then told we would get our belongings on 3rd october. Today we got an email saying this "Unfortunately, due to congestion on the wharf, we were unable to pick up your container in the alocated time. We did pick the container up yesterday, but we had to send a cheque for AUD$140.23 with our driver for wharf storage. We will need to be reimbursed for this charge. I have sent an email to your agent in the UK to see if they will pick up the charges. I will let you know the outcome when I get a reply" Has anyone else had the same kind of thing or is it just another way of getting more money out of us.
  20. Guest

    Container scam part II

    Shoot me down for saying it but are all aussies thick? As mentioned on the last thread re. container scams i mentioned being charged $450 to have a mirror fumigated, $70 to have ladders cleaned, $60 to have tyres cleaned. Well, would you adam and eve it, i've just found out i have to pay another $450 on top for the pleasure of customs opening my container. Now this is where the fun starts. I have just received 2 invoices from the shipping company, 1 for Mrs XXXX, whom i have no idea is. So i query this. They then had the pleasure of informing me that i have yet another invoice to pay for $3,800. This has to be also be paid in full before releasing our goods. Bearing in mind we paid 4,000 pounds beforehand for the sole use of a 20ft container. Tomorrow morning i won't be going to work, to provide food on the table, instead i'll be going to talk to the shipping company who has our goods. To say this has left a bad taste in my mouth, imagine eating gone off kippers while sipping a full ash tray of beer with an after eight mint to finish it off. not ready to name and shame yet but may well do eddie:arghh::arghh::arghh::arghh:
  21. Guest

    container scam or not

    our container left our uk home early december, we spent some time on camp beds in the uk, we were told 8 weeks door to door but i knew it would be longer, rented a house here on the sunshine coast and still on camp beds, bought a house and still on camp beds at the end of february i contacted the removers and they said the container didnt leave the uk till the end of january because of christmas, eventually the container has arrived its April now, and now the fun starts, the removal company have said we only paid for delivery to brisbane, our paperwork clearly states door to door service and i emailed them a copy, they now say door to door service means port to port ie UK to brisbane, so they wacked me for extra and i say ok ill pay, then the quarantine charges, ok i know i have to pay this no problem, but then they say the bikes have to be paid to be cleaned, funny thing is the bikes were jetwashed and filmed being jetwashed, after jetwashing they were disinfected with jeyes fluid and again filmed, so i was completely surprised and suspicious at the request for cleaning charges and asked for proof, they sent a photograph http://www.trowelfx.com.au/images/bike3.jpg obviously surface dust collected by taking the bike from the garage to container a distance of approx 12 feet across a brick paved driveway can have an impact, so after cleaning bikes it may be an idea to shrink wrap or at least cover the tyres with cardboard. 2 safes we were taking were empty of course, we were told to lock them, now they want the combinations that i gave them, but they say if they cant open them with the combinations then they will destroy them. so my safes get destroyed if someone has not the intelligence to follow some directions. moral of the story is not every company have honest staff my advice to anyone having a container shipped is to use your video camera if you have one to ask closing questions of the rep, saying things like YES this door to door means door to door not port to port, and film the packers and ask them are them tyres clean. better still dont use PICKFORDS
  22. Hi guys, one of my friends has sent me this email, and I thought I ought to pass it on. Once you have read this please also read oz warning for LADIES. WARNING..New Credit Card Scam. Note, the callers do not ask for your card number; they already have it. This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA & MasterCard Telephone Credit Card Scam works, you'll be better prepared to protect yourself. The scam works like this: Person calling says, "This is (name), and I'm calling from the Security and Fraud Department at VISA. My Badge number is 12460 your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I'm calling to verify. This would be on your VISA card, which was issued by (name of bank). Did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for $497-99 from a Marketing company based in Sydney?" When you say "No", the caller continues with, "Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching and the charges range from $297 to $497, just under the $500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address), is that correct?" You say "yes". The caller continues - "I will be starting a Fraud investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the 1-800 number listed on the back of your card (1-800-VISA) and ask for Security. You will need to refer to this Control Number. The caller then gives you a 6-digit number. "Do you need me to read it again?" Here's the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works. The caller then says, "I need to verify you are in possession of your card". He'll ask you to "turn your card over and look for some numbers". There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your card number; the next 3 are the security numbers that verify you are the possessor of the card. These are the numbers you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. The caller will ask you to read the 3 numbers to him After you tell the caller the 3 numbers, he'll say, "That is correct, I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that you still have your card. Do you have any other questions?" After you say No, the caller then thanks you and states, "Don't; hesitate to call back if you do", and > hangs up. You actually say very little, and they never ask for or tell you the Card number but after we were called on Wednesday, we called back within 20 minutes to ask a question. Are we glad we did! The REAL VISA Security Department told us it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new purchase of $497.99 was charged to our card. I checked this out on snopes.com. Long story made short - we made a real fraud report and closed the VISA account. VISA is reissuing us a new number. What the scammers want is the 3-digit PIN number on the back of the card. Don't give it to them. Instead, tell them you'll call VISA or Master card directly for verification of their conversation. The real VISA told us that they would never ask for anything on the card, as they already know the information since they issued the card! If you give the scammers your 3 Digit PIN Number, you think you're receiving a credit. However, by the time you get your statement you'll see charges for purchases you didn't make, and by then it's almost too late and/or more difficult to actually file a fraud report. What makes this more remarkable is that on Thursday, I got a call from a "Jason Richardson of MasterCard" with a word-for-word repeat of the VISA scam. This time I didn't let him finish. I hung up! We filed a police report, as instructed by VISA. The police said they are taking several of these reports daily! They also urged us to tell Everybody we know that this scam is happening. Please pass this on to all your family and friends. By informing each other, we protect each other. Regards Kim
  23. Hi Girls, Another scam hitting Australia, but this one just affects woman it was sent to me by a friend After reading this you may want to read the credit card scam warning. I was approached yesterday afternoon around 3.30pm in the Coles parking lot at Miranda by two males, asking what kind of Perfume I was wearing.Then they asked if I'd like to sample some fabulous scent they were willing to sell me at a very reasonable rate. I probably would have agreed had I not received an email some weeks ago, warning of this scam. The men continued to stand between parked cars, I guess to wait for someone else to hit on. I stopped a lady going towards them, I pointed at them and told her about how I was sent an email at work about someone walking up to you at the shopping malls, in parking lots, and asking you to sniff perfume that they are selling at cheap prices. THIS IS NOT PERFUME - IT IS ETHER! When you sniff it, you'll pass out and they'll take your wallet, your handbag, your valuables, and heaven knows what else. If it were not for this email, I probably would have sniffed the "perfume", but thanks to the generosity of an emailing friend, I was spared whatever might have happened to me, and wanted to do the same for you. These guys hit Sydney and Melbourne 2 weeks ago and now they are doing it in Perth and Queensland. LET EVERYONE KNOW ABOUT THIS, YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, CO-WORKERS, Whoever!!! Tell everyone! dont wish to frighten anyone, but thought you should be aware. love Kim x
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