As more and more consumers move toward online purchasing, so do we see the increase in fraudulent activities. Sites such as Ebay have resources to protect their consumers however scammers are often able to circumvent these initiatives. Internet sellers are becoming increasingly sophisticated and adept at appearing to be legitimate and fooling consumers to into parting with their money for little or nothing in return. Particular risks are involved with overseas transaction as it can be difficult to find a resolution once the transaction has been completed. Typical issues include;
• Buyers receiving goods late, or not at all;
• Sellers not receiving payment;
• Buyers receiving goods that are either less valuable than those advertised or significantly different from the original description;
• Failure to disclose relevant information about a product or the terms of sale;
Diligence is required at each stage of the purchasing process, the following steps can be used to mitigate risk;
• Read seller reviews and try to avoid those who do not have a sellers history;
• Have someone check out the goods, especially large items such as a car, even if overseas. The cost of an independent evaluation could save you from receiving a misrepresented vehicle;
• If a transaction looks to suspicious or too good to be true, walk away;
• Use a secured payment method;
• In the event the bank calls to check out a possible fraudulent transfer, do not ignore their warning;
In the event that you have been the victim of fraud or misrepresentation, in the first instance contacting the bank and Ebay may provide a resolution. If these steps have failed, we are able to undertake mediation and recovery procedures, where clients do not want to utilise the court system. We are also competent Court witnesses and have been responsible for the successful prosecution of hundreds of offenders, both in the criminal and civil jurisdictions.
We have nearly 30 years experience investigating and prosecuting Fraud offences. This includes Breaches of Contract, Unjust Enrichment, False, Misleading and Deceptive Conduct.