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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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Lookout Smithers 10:49 pm 24 May 13

Lol, these fools have been around for a few years now in the major Australian capital cities. Its nothing new and has been going on for more than a decade round the world. Classic ‘off the back of a truck’ style sell. Only the goods aren’t stolen from anyone. Its distributors usually with ties to the manufacturer that set up the operation in first world countries and recruit sales teams to do their dirty work. At the source of the junk, its a serious crime. At a street selling level its nothing more than a fool trying to get rich quick, albeit for the millionth attempt. I was approached at the lights once and just immediately assumed that it would be stolen. I got out of my car and tried to open his van to see what else might have been in there as I’ve had mates have all their instruments taken from their cars after gigs and even while unloading. When I told a friend about it he informed me about the scam and how it worked. I felt like a bit of an idiot for assuming something without actually having anything to validate my thought process. But anyway, its basically just small time petty crooks trying to sell rubbish AV gear and other home entertainment products as high end goods that are “left over” or “excess” orders that would otherwise be underwritten or given away, rubbish ect. Usually they drive a van or trade ute that they’ve rented and even stuck on dodgy home made logos in an attempt to appear legit. Websites, business cards, you name it, they have tried it. It won’t be long before all the smaller cities and large regional towns are all on to them it not already. But authorities regard the van scammer the same as they do the rouge cabbie (addict) cruising for drunks in need of a cab at times where cabs are in short supply. Though here they are caught out more as women report men in cars offering lifts rather than rouge cabs with junkie drivers. How people fall for this shit is amazing. How people think its an easy buck in 2013 is just sad.

voytek3 1:14 am 23 May 13

This is Canberrans for you. “Doesn’t look like me? Must be ‘middle eastern'” I had the same thing at a servo in fyshwick a few years back by some white mid twenties types. Stock gone missing and they understandably wanted to make some money from their scumbag boss. I put it down to them being everyday criminals because they must have been middle eastern.

HiddenDragon 10:34 pm 22 May 13

Pork Hunt said :

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.

How about an episode of Swift and Shift and they pick up the Skywhale to deliver it somewhere in the same load as some Porcupines and the Porcupines escape their cages etc etc…?
Someone from O’Connor will seek to have a fatwa issued on my person though… (-:

Quite possibly (re the fatwa). I grew up with an archetypal Aussie pub on the corner of my street – a very different world (so Canberra never ceases to amaze me).

Pork Hunt 5:44 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.

How about an episode of Swift and Shift and they pick up the Skywhale to deliver it somewhere in the same load as some Porcupines and the Porcupines escape their cages etc etc…?
Someone from O’Connor will seek to have a fatwa issued on my person though… (-:

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