In recent years, there has been a significant increase in online scams related to shipping containers. These scammers often target unsuspecting individuals and businesses looking to purchase or rent shipping containers for various purposes. While these scams can take many forms, they all share one common goal: to steal your money and personal information. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common shipping container scams and provide tips on how to avoid them.
One of the most common shipping container scams is fake websites and listings. Scammers create websites or listings that appear to offer shipping containers for sale or rent at a significantly lower price than the market rate. They often use stock photos or stolen images to make the containers look legitimate. Once you contact the seller and express interest, they will ask for a deposit or full payment before shipping the container. However, once the payment is made, the scammer disappears, and the container is never delivered.
To avoid falling victim to this scam, it is essential to research the seller and their website thoroughly. We have had situations where scammers have even used our ABN number on their website. Look for reviews and testimonials from other customers, and check for any complaints. Additionally, always use a reputable shipping container company that has a physical address and phone number that you can verify.
Another common shipping container scam is phishing. Phishing scams involve scammers sending emails or messages that appear to be from legitimate shipping container companies or brokers. The message will ask you to click on a link or download an attachment, which will then prompt you to enter your personal information, such as your name, address, and credit card details. Once you enter your information, the scammer can use it to steal your identity or money. To avoid phishing scams, always verify the legitimacy of the sender before clicking on any links or downloading attachments. Check the sender’s email address and ensure that it matches the official website of the shipping container company. If in doubt, call the company directly to verify the message’s authenticity.
In an effort to put a stop to this behaviour as quickly as possible, BoxMate and our holding company Tradecorp International, as well as multiple other companies in the impacted industry have informed the general authorities. At BoxMate we are always making sure that our customers are aware of the scammers out there and to always be cautious when receiving quotes. We encourage our customers to meet us in person and visit our depots to see our containers before making any purchase.
Being aware of shipping container scams is crucial to avoid falling victim to fraudsters. Always research the seller and their website thoroughly, verify the legitimacy of any emails or messages you receive, and use reputable shipping container companies and third party services (transport companies). By following these tips, you can ensure a safe and secure transaction when purchasing or renting shipping containers.