The self storage and container sales The company became aware of these scam sites when potential buyers asked why their content and photos appeared on other websites. Fake websites were being used in Australia with content from this legit New Zealand company.
In the shipping container sales market, frauds and scams are increasingly being reported, with fraudsters taking money in advance and then not delivering the order. Global trade depends on shipping containers: they contain virtually all the goods moving around the world. But lately, these must-have containers are in short supply where they’re needed most. Consequently, the prices of shipping containers for sale have increased significantly.
The resurgence of container sales scams is due to
- Unprecedented demand for shipping containers
- Sharp rise in shipping container prices
- Covid restrictions that have moved many online-only interactions
Global trade depends on shipping containers: they contain virtually all the goods moving around the world. But lately, these must-have containers are in short supply where they’re needed most. Consequently, the prices of shipping containers for sale more than tripled after the Covid.
Constore Managing Director Lucien Jorna says, “Before ordering a shipping container from a company, always do your research first. It can be tempting to act quickly to get one, but it’s not worth the risk of paying until you’ve verified whether the company is legit. Fraudulent sites look real because they are carbon copies of genuine sites.
How can you prevent yourself from being a victim of this crime? To protect your money, complete these quick checks.
- Look online for container scams. There are dedicated sites that publish the domain names of fraudulent sites.
- Check how long the website address has been operational using whois.com/whois. While legitimate websites are still being created, it sends a red flag if the website was only launched after the Covid19 pandemic.
- Look for the company on the company office website. If it is in fact a registered business, they will be there. Check the registered company name against the name on the website.
- Some scammers use trade association logos. Go to the trade association’s website and check to see if that company is a member.
- Look for the office address or phone numbers published online. Are they copying someone else’s information?
- Do they have a Google My Business listing? Google verifies the physical addresses of businesses with a GMB listing. The absence of it could also indicate a false or unreal address.
- Do they have reviews? Having a lot of 5-star reviews in a short time is suspect, especially if there is no content. Take a look at the reviews. Do they seem legit? Are they specific or are they making general statements such as “Great business!”. Reviews collected over a period of time are a good sign, especially if they have content.
- Call another shipping container sales company. Ask them for a quote and see if they have heard of this company.
- Is the price too good to be true? Since container sale prices are at an all-time high, you’re unlikely to find any real discounts. Genuine companies would never discount their containers when they can easily get the best price for them. Moreover, it is a challenge to secure the containers; therefore, it would make no sense to reduce the stock they have.
Unfortunately, the recent spike in shipping container prices and unprecedented demand has prompted this latest round of fraud. The shortage of shipping containers for sale is another symptom of the havoc the pandemic has wreaked on international supply chains. Be sure to verify the legitimacy of the company you are buying shipping containers from to protect your investment.