Beware of Shipping Container Scams

Over the last few months shipping container seller scams have been rife with scammers taking advantage of increasing market prices and the COVID restrictions that has moved many interactions to online only.

Container Traders is increasingly hearing reports of people making payments to what they believe was a shipping container seller, then realising the business was a scam after not receiving delivery or refund. Most experiences involve lodging online enquiries, either through Facebook advertisements or Google advertisements and receiving emails similar to below.

Known fraudulent names / business names in use

Note: The names and ABNs below may be from legitimate businesses and people, being used by scammers without their knowledge.

Scammer business name used Scammer agent name used Phone ABN used 38 122 373 979 / NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA Paul Henry NA NA Trent Isaac 02 8091 1463 38 122 373 979 TBD TBD TBD [email protected] 03 9013 6954 TBD NA NA NA NA NA NA
David Flynn 02 8091 5519 (displayed as 0280 915 519) 38 122 373 979
Adam Baker 02 6172 0669 38 122 373 979
Ash Peter 02 8007 5320 38 122 373 979
A & L Shipping Containers Paul Henry 08 6102 0588 34 150 597 989
Whitehorse Towing Kevin Riseley 03 9018 5771
07 5641 1931
30 006 114 941
Titan Shipping Containers
(not to be confused with Titan Containers) 04 889 2875 38 122 373 979
Titan Shipping Containers
(not to be confused with Titan Containers) NA NA
Anders Containers
Monto Containers

Note: use of Gmail email address, ABN not matching the business name, website is a .com and not Australian and is not matching the claimed business name. No full address.

Below are some tips you should take to reduce the risk of being scammed.

  1. Verify the business you are dealing with. Request a copy of current business registration certificate, liability insurance, bank account proof of ownership. Look for proof of full address, a publicly listed number, Google location information, Facebook business profiles, third party site mentions, reviews, and ensure they have a website address.
  2. Call the publicised number. Check for an Australian published contact number. When speaking, do they sound legitimate? Ask lots of questions about locations and containers.
  3. Check email and website addresses. Legitimate businesses will not use a Gmail or Hotmail email account. Their email and website will use their business name and
  4. Payments. Legitimate businesses will not accept bitcoin as payment. Consider paying by a method you can challenge/reverse (check with your bank for advice).

I am not sure if I am dealing with a scammer

Think you may be dealing with a scam shipping container seller business? We’d be happy to provide you some advice, and a real price on a real container. Call us on 1300 89 89 70.