Two overseas backpackers(nationality not known yet) have reported losing money after responding to a fake offer of accommodation and work as fruit pickers in Western Australia’s South West region.
Consumer Protection is investigating and will close down the fake website – www.rossovineyard.com.au – which was set up using an ABN from a legitimate business registered in Canning Vale, in Perth’s southeastern suburbs.
The tourists claimed to have transferred $200 each to a bank account in Victoria after they responded to an advertisement on the classifieds website Gumtree.
The Margaret River Wine Association has confirmed the vineyard does not exist.
The actual fake sales pitch they used was:
Farm work in Australia is a great way for backpackers to earn some cash and experience the friendly culture of regional Australia whilst travelling and enjoying the unique beauty of the great outdoors”.
This is certainly not the first scam of its kind so from everyone here at Irish Around Oz, please be diligent and don’t pay for anything before you get there!
According to reports the two backpackers turned up to find there was no job and no accommodation – just a confused homeowner who answered the door at the given address.
Enquiries or scam reports can be made by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 1300 30 40 54. If it looks suspicious report it!