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Spotting and Avoiding Shipping Container Scams

When buying a shipping container, research is crucial. Don’t just go for the lowest quote—extreme discounts can signal scams. To ensure the vendor is legit, it is important to check out current online reviews and verify their contact information on other sites.  Scammers are skilled at creating fake websites and invoices, making them look like reputable sellers.

Understanding the Current & Sophisticated Shipping Container Scams

Shipping containers are in high demand, leading to a rise in scams. Scammers mimic legitimate businesses, create professional websites, and can even issue fake invoices to steal your money and data. Here are some things to know before you purchase your next shipping container.

Fake Websites and Social Media Profiles: Scammers create convincing online storefronts and social media profiles that mimic legitimate businesses. They use stolen logos, images, and even personal details of real company employees to appear credible. Victims are lured by low prices and end up paying for non-existent containers.

Impersonation of Legitimate Businesses: Fraudsters use the names and addresses of real companies to deceive buyers. They create fake websites and profiles, and even use actual business addresses to gain trust. Once payments are made, the scammers disappear, leaving the victims without their containers and the legitimate businesses dealing with confused and angry customers.

Phishing and Payment Scams: These involve sending phishing emails that look like they’re from legitimate shipping container companies. The emails often ask for sensitive information or direct victims to pay via untraceable methods such as wire transfers or cryptocurrencies. Once payment is made, the scammers disappear.

Too-Good-To-Be-True Deals: Offers for shipping containers at prices that are significantly lower than other rates you receive are a common bait used by scammers. If a deal seems too good to be true, it likely is. Always be cautious of unusually low prices.

Always verify vendor details and report suspicious activities. For more info, check out the BBB’s article on “Sea Can Scams”.

Ready to purchase a shipping container? Reach out today to get a quote from the best in the industry!

Tips to Prevent Shipping Container Fraud

Despite the issues with scammers out there, there are ways to help protect yourself while shopping for your next shipping container. 

  1. Always call the vendor directly—scammers prefer email.
  2. Check current Google reviews for authenticity.
  3. Use credit cards for safer transactions.
  4. Match website and email domains. 
  5. Avoid paying with Bitcoin.
  6. Scrutinize promises and guarantees and read the fine print. Question warranties, who pays for transportation of the damaged container and what is covered?
  7. Be skeptical of high-pressure sales tactics. They often pressure you to make quick decisions.
  8. Be cautious of fake invoices and third-party selling sites like Facebook Marketplace.

Ready to purchase a shipping container? Reach out today to get a quote from the best in the industry!

Choosing a Trusted Shipping Container Vendor

Feel confident in your purchase by choosing a reputable vendor. Container Sales Group, featured on CNBC, has been a trusted Shipping Container Wholesaler since 1998. Our clients include Ford, Ace Hardware, and Purdue University. For expert advice, visit our blog or call us at 708-639-4783.

Work with the best in the shipping container business.

Container Sales Group buys containers directly from the steamship lines to offer our customers the highest quality containers at the most competitive prices. We’re a women-owned business, established in 1998, and have locations throughout the US.

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