Ad scams continue

Following on from The Echo’s front-page story of May 6, regarding ad scams in the Northern Rivers, Alstonville business woman Philippa Roberts shared her close shave.

Philippa is the owner of Gingerlily vintage wares and said she had been scammed by some people purporting to publish a Community Newspaper. Although she had misgivings, Philippa paid an invoice for $500, but then worked out it was for something she hadn’t originally authorised. A week later she was called by the same marketer with the same pitch for a different “publication”.

She rang the ACCC, who were helpful but wouldn’t do anything so she turned to a friend with a law degree, who wrote a strongly-worded letter. Philippa got her money back but two weeks ago, the phone rang and she heard a familiar spiel.

“She said it was more a charity, and thank you for donation, we go to print next week and we need your money for the ad in our magazine, that will be $495. I said you know I haven’t authorised that and hung up,” Philippa said. “How do they go to sleep at night? They send you a couple of copies, you look at them and go ‘wow, this is beautiful’ but the magazine doesn’t even exist.”


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