Urgent warning for Aussie adventurers over inventive new scam which sees families lose thousands


Warning for Aussie adventurers over inventive new scam which could see families fleeced out of $14,000 when buying a caravan or motorhome

  • Scamwatch has warned Aussies about new scam targeting buyers of caravans 
  • Comes after email began circulating about the purchase price of the vehicles  
  • Scam is one of more than 6400 that make mention of coronavirus pandemic  

Aussie adventurers are being warned about a new scam targeting caravan and motorhome buyers that could leave them thousands of dollars out of pocket. 

The warning comes after an email started circulating enticing people to purchase one of the vehicles with what has been described as ‘too good to be true prices’.

The email tells the recipient the caravan they had been after was now available for the special price of $14,700, plus GST and a $900 delivery fee.     

‘Due to the global pandemic of coronavirus our company decided to sell all the stock at outstanding prices,’ the email reads.  

Scamwatch has warned Australians about a scam email that is targeting buyers of caravans and motorhomes. The email which is circulating is pictured above

Scamwatch has warned Australians about a scam email that is targeting buyers of caravans and motorhomes. The email which is circulating is pictured above

Scamwatch said if potential buyers had any doubts about a deal they have been often, they should not go ahead with the purchase

Scamwatch said if potential buyers had any doubts about a deal they have been often, they should not go ahead with the purchase 

‘At this time this 2017 Jayco Swan Outback is still for sale, comes with a one year full warranty, has ben verified by our mechanics and it’s in perfect working condition without any damages or technical problems.’

The email says the camper trailer is ‘ready for (the) road’ and registered thru to December.    

Scamwatch, which helps Australians recognise scams and how to avoid them, advised buyers to always try and inspect vehicles before a purchase is made.     

‘Watch out for scammers selling caravans and motorhomes at too good to be true prices,’ Scamwatch posted on Twitter alongside a screenshot of the email. 

Scamwatch advised Aussies to always try and inspect caravans and motorhomes before a purchase is made (stock image)

Scamwatch advised Aussies to always try and inspect caravans and motorhomes before a purchase is made (stock image) 

‘Scammers often ask for payment through a third party escrow company. Always try to inspect the vehicle before purchase and if you have any doubts, do not go ahead with the deal.’ 

Scamwatch reported last month they had received more than 6415 scam reports mentioning coronavirus with more than $9.8million in reported losses since the start of the pandemic. 

The most common scams reported included phishing for personal information, online shopping, and superannuation scams.  



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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

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