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Dodgey fellas in Dodgey van offering free Home Enterntainment System?

By dot3 - 22 May 2013 24

So 5.15pm today I swing into Fyshwick to pick up the wife from work (no not what you think), just as I pull up and the wife gets in a van pulls up next to me toots the horn ????   I wind down the window and this middle eastern fellas says “moit do you want a free home theatre, its all legal like, just need to get rid of it”

So tell me this what is a white Victorian registered Pregio van doing running around Fyshwick randomly asking people if they want a free Home Theatre system ???

Yes I did report it, and all I got from plod was ” we will look into it”

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Dodgey fellas in Dodgey van offering free Home Enterntainment System?
MERC600 1:40 pm 22 May 13

HiddenDragon said :

If Canberra had proper, old fashioned pubs, this mobile unseemliness would not be necessary.

On another angle, this wonderful anecdote (“moit” – love it) suggests that an episode of Fat Pizza, set in Canberra, may be just what we need to redeem ourselves in the eyes of our fellow Australians after Skywhale.

Hidden Dragon is spot on . If only we had old fashioned pubs complete with a few Arthur Daley types .

Jardeath 12:37 pm 22 May 13

RadioVK said :

I reported them, but according to the rozzers, they weren’t actually doing anything illegal.

I don’t really see it as illegal, selling junk to people who aren’t smart enough to realise what’s going on isn’t really a crime.

RadioVK 12:08 pm 22 May 13

Captain RAAF said :

I had these blokes approach me at Bunnings Tuggers, reported it to Plod along with the rego number of the van and Plod informed me that they are aware of these blokes and that there is nothing criminal going on.

Apparently they’ve been doing it for years.

Yep, the Rozzers said the same to me. I ran across them 5 or more years ago in Belconnen. Same Pregio van with Victorian number plates. They had the cheapest, nastiest gear I’ve ever seen, complete with fake price tags and fake invoice.

I reported them, but according to the rozzers, they weren’t actually doing anything illegal.

c_c™ 11:53 am 22 May 13

Captain RAAF said :

I had these blokes approach me at Bunnings Tuggers, reported it to Plod along with the rego number of the van and Plod informed me that they are aware of these blokes and that there is nothing criminal going on.

Apparently they’ve been doing it for years.

Nothing criminal? So they’ve checked these people, checked the goods in their possession and determined that it’s legit? Or is it that the porcine constabulary can’t be bothered checking.

Captain RAAF 11:38 am 22 May 13

I had these blokes approach me at Bunnings Tuggers, reported it to Plod along with the rego number of the van and Plod informed me that they are aware of these blokes and that there is nothing criminal going on.

Apparently they’ve been doing it for years.

Dilandach 11:37 am 22 May 13

ezy10z said :

Are you sure he said free??

I know exactly what the scam is and pretty sure they dont give them away for free.

Absolutely, the guy had a bag of snakes and another of freckles. Said I’d get them both if I got in his van.

HiddenDragon 11:34 am 22 May 13

If Canberra had proper, old fashioned pubs, this mobile unseemliness would not be necessary.

On another angle, this wonderful anecdote (“moit” – love it) suggests that an episode of Fat Pizza, set in Canberra, may be just what we need to redeem ourselves in the eyes of our fellow Australians after Skywhale.

pptvb 11:00 am 22 May 13

I’ve just spotted them spruiking in Fyshwick ( Wollongong St.), gave the cops a description of both the gents, rego etc.
we’ll wait and see!

ezy10z 10:58 am 22 May 13

Are you sure he said free??

I know exactly what the scam is and pretty sure they dont give them away for free. I know one silly man who actually fell for it… they pull out fake invoices and convince you that the system is worth $5000. then offer it to you for $2000. Then after a short haggle they accept your offer of $800.
They always do it in places where there is people around and they act like they’re in a big hurry to get back home, forcing you to make a quick (irrational) decision.

Its been happening for many years…. shows how many stupid people are around

IrishPete 10:14 am 22 May 13

Haven’t they discovered the internet yet?

WIkipedia doesn’t really explain how the scammers can make money out of this, if it was being offered for free? Apart from the “beer money” angle.

Of course, such scenarios do occur – I recently bought a pair of good quality speakers on Ebay from someone who (said they) had received them as part of an insurance claim (flood from hail), but although they were fairly direct replacements for what he had, he had gone ahead with a different installation (wall mounting to keep them out of any future floods!) which these ones didn’t suit. Still sealed in the box, and pretty cheap. I collected from his house (on the South Coast) and paid in cash.

IP

Dilandach 10:12 am 22 May 13

cbrjoe said :

It was probably these guys:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_van_speaker_scam

Had a few approach me over the years.

Damn, I only get the ‘free candy’ and ‘I lost my puppy, come help me look for it’ vans.

bundah 10:03 am 22 May 13

You reported it to the plod? Good luck with that!

cbrjoe 9:57 am 22 May 13

It was probably these guys:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_van_speaker_scam

Had a few approach me over the years.

Erg0 9:56 am 22 May 13

Sounds familar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_van_speaker_scam

Offering it for free isn’t much of a business plan, though.

Rollersk8r 9:51 am 22 May 13

I had the same in a Belconnen carpark a couple of years ago. Blokes saying “It’s an amazing system but it’s not the one the customer ordered, boss just told us to get rid of it ASAP”.

Yeah, likely! One of the oldest scams in the book.

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