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Don’t buy your speakers off the street – Simon warns

By johnboy 28 August 2008 26

[First filed: July 31, 2008 @ 10:04]

Simon Corbell is warning Canberrans to avoid high pressure speaker salesmen operating from the back of a white van:

    ‘”The scammers typically approach people at places like bus stops, at traffic lights or in car parks, and use high pressure and aggressive sales tactics, including accompanying the victim to an ATM to make a cash withdrawal,” Mr Corbell said.

    “Victims are led to believe the speakers are of very high quality and a well-respected brand and that they are getting a bargain…

    I urge anyone who is approached by these scammers to contact the Office of Regulatory Services on 6207 3000 with any details they can provide in relation to these illegal operators”‘

And don’t forget to put on a warm jumper too.

UPDATED: Affirmative Action Man has sent in the following this morning:

    I was getting petrol in Phillip this morning & was approached by the driver of a white van offering me bargain stereo system. He had an invoice and explained it was a cancelled order & the boss had told him to offload it at cost. Said it was worth thousands & I could have it for $600 cash.

    He was driving a VW transporter rego no NSW WIA 151.

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Alderney 6:55 am 19 Feb 12

54-11 said :

DLWM, that was me. I had just been accosted by these blokes and declined their obviously generous offer. Just then a couple of boys in blue hove into sight, and suggested they may wish to have a bit of a look at these characters. They took the rego number (which was WIA 151 noted in an early post). What happened after that I don’t know. It sounds like it is just cheap gear being sold off, rather than anything hot, but I think plod needs to check it out.

Ah ha, I kind of wondered what all the fuss was about.

I thought it might have had something to do with one of the bus stop deadbeats who was obviously intoxicated by…(insert name of substance here)… who was ranting and raving, and not really being restrained by her fella.

Alderney 6:46 am 19 Feb 12

smokey4 said :

Mst be bad in Brumbyland cause these guys used to operate in Melbourne. I was approached at least twice in the burbs in Melbourne with the offer of a cheap surround sound system by them a couple of years ago. They normally work blue collar areas on a Thursday or Friday. A very quick operation. Good to see they are ripping the good people of Canberra off as well.

This sort of thing is old news. The archtypical bloke selling speakers from the back of a white van has an English accent. It’s probably a Polish one now (if you know stereotypes of England and the EU you’ll get this sentance).

This sort of thing has been going on for 25 years that I know about.

Move over Simon; next.

caf 5:17 pm 18 Feb 12

The latest instantiation of this franchise is doing the rounds again – they were spruiking out at the servo on the Federal Highway this morning.

p1 12:23 pm 17 Sep 09

Got this email today


Subject: White Van scam.

Klaus acoustic speakers.. Not worth anything.

Rec retail of $6000 offering them for 1200..

Around town today….beware.

So looks like these guys are back again.

Mike Bessenger 8:01 pm 02 Jul 09

I got approached by a toyota hiace with qld plates at the top story of belconnen mall. Same storey it was a double order and boss said to get rid of it.
I called the police and tried to report it, but the officer refused to take details “as these people have a permit and are only doing their jobs”.
The only reason I reported it was because I read a story on a forum where someone had actually bought some speakers off them only to find when they got home there was no speaker in the housing, just a couple of house bricks.

Meg4n 7:52 pm 02 Jul 09

On the radio this afternoon, watch out for two dodgy blokes selling A/V out of a white VW van (with ACT plates?)… in Subiaco WA. Greener pastures perhaps?

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