Shipping containers are trusted by many for secure storage and transport. Recently, shipping container resellers have become a target for fraudsters in Australia. An alarming number of buyers across Australia have reported buying shipping containers, only never to receive them.
Gateway Containers is increasingly hearing reports of people making payments to what they believe was a shipping container seller, then realising the business was a scam after not receving delivery or refund. Most experiences involve lodging online enquiries, either through Facebook advertisments or Google advertisments and receiving emails similar to below.
Note: use of Gmail email address, ABN not matching the business name, website is a .com and not Australian .com.au and is not matching the claimed business name. No full address.
|Scammer business name||Website||Scammer agent name||Phone||ABN used|
|Container Pty Ltd / Containersalesau||https://containersalesau.com/||Trent Isaac||02 8091 1463||38 122 373 979|
|Container-discounts.com||https://container-discounts.com/||Adam Baker||02 6172 0669||38 122 373 979|
|Ash Peter||02 8007 5320||38 122 373 979|
|A & L Shipping Containers||https://www.alshippingcontainersau.com||Paul Henry||08 6102 0588||34 150 597 989|
|Whitehorse Towing||https://whitehorsetowingltd.com/||Kevin Riseley||03 9018 5771|
07 5641 1931
|30 006 114 941|
|Shipping Containers Sales AU||https://www.montoshippingcontainerau.com|
|Titan Shipping Containers||https://www.titanshippingcontainers.com|
|Custom Shipping Containers Pty Ltd||https://customshippingcontainersau.com|
|Duke Shipping Containers||https://dukecontainersaustralia.com|
|Shipping Container Stands Australia||https://shippingcontainerstandsau.com|
|First Choice Containers||https://firstchoicecontainers.com|
|Gateway Shipping Containers Distribution||https://www.facebook.com/Gateway-Shipping-Containers-Distribution-102421175801758|
|Gateway Shipping Container For Sale AU||https://www.facebook.com/Gateway-Shipping-Container-For-Sale-AU-112924271422091||07 5641 4874|
|Gateway shipping containers||https://www.facebook.com/Gateway-shipping-containers-103494948828780/|
|Gateway Container Park||https://www.facebook.com/gatewaycontainerpark/|
|Tammy Container||https://tammycontainerlimited.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086202811306||+1 (252) 228 4048|
|Ezyshift Containers & Towing.||https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100083845428105|
|Premium Containers Australia||https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100083166715368|
|Home designed containers for sale and rent||https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100083333228630|
|Shipping containers for sale||https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086048739405||+1 413-279-4285|
|Cargo Container Storage & Shipping Container Homes for sale||https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100077861240355|
These fraudsters rely on this growing demand to attract customers with competitive pricing, reportedly from the biggest names in the shipping container market. Victims report being enticed with unbelievably low prices and further convinced by the supposed provider’s legitimate and established names. Customers only realise they were scammed upon non-delivery of the containers they have purchased.
Everyone loves a discount, especially when offered by supposedly reputable providers. This is precisely how a great deal of customers have been involved in shipping container scams in Australia. It’s a lesson learned the hard way — when the offer is too good to be true, it probably is!
If you are in the market for a new or used shipping container, the losses and frustration experienced by many other customers should serve as cautionary. Just as you place a premium on the quality and structural integrity, you also need to verify the provider’s identity and track record.
Remember, shipping containers are an investment. It should be cause for suspicion if any shipping container is advertised for sale at thousands of dollars below market prices. Plus, even when a supposed provider has a website or address listed online, it doesn’t automatically mean their business is legitimate.
Think you may be dealing with a scam shipping container reseller business? We’d be happy to provide you some advice, and a real price on a real container. Call us on (07) 3348 6463.