The old White Van Scam is still around. Usually, a man in a truck calls out to passers-by, offering speakers or other electronics for sale. In a recent case reported by the Inland NW’s KLXY TV, the scammers say they have pricey speaker systems for sale, but are willing to sell them for much less.
The name on the boxes is: Genesis Media Lab and the plates donning the van are from Wisconsin. This group seems to have a website and an email address, etc. and refers you to these when you purchase, but both are set up to lure you into this quick scam deal. The seller may even show you an ad displaying the speakers.
Consumers are known to pay up to $800 for a “system” with parts missing, etc.
Advice? Make sure you know the company from whom you’re buying before purchase and always check them out with the BBB prior to the deal. Additionally, follow these tips:
1) When or if anybody approaches you to sell you something in an open parking lot, do your research and first check with the owner of the lot or manager of the store where the lot is to see if that person is authorized to sell product from the back of a van. If not, consider it a red flag.
2) If the group asks for CASH ONLY, consider it a red flag.
3) If you purchase something from the back of a van with out of state plates, consider it a red flag and think twice about doing business with such a set up. More than likely, they are moving about from town to town only to make a quick buck---Your purchase ends up being AS IS and you are at 100% risk of no back up on the purchase or recourse if something goes wrong.
4) How do you know the equipment works to begin with? They may be selling you a product that is casing only, with nothing inside. This is why it is best to purchase electronics from a legitimate dealer and a product that carries a legitimate warranty of some kind.
5) Ask for physical location of company: name, address, phone, web site. Check the company out with the BBB before purchasing. If they want you to purchase now, and deal in cash only—you are most likely dealing with a fly-by-night operation.
6) If you are victim of such a scam, file a police report with your local police ASAP----and give as much detail as possible, license plate, name of drivers, description of vehicle and sellers, too. You may be saving someone else, if not a whole community, a headache and a botched sale.
7) Such deals are BAD for local business. Do business with someone you TRUST---Start With Trust—would you trust such a deal to begin with?