Since the pandemic, there has been a worrying rise in online scammers impersonating companies to sell shipping containers that never arrive. Or worse, don’t even exist!
It’s easy to fall victim to scams if you don’t know what to look out for, so here are three ways to ensure that you don’t get tricked when purchasing a shipping container this spooky season.
Pay Attention to Price
If it looks too good to be true, it is!
The prices of shipping containers are based on many factors: cost of raw materials, shipment matters, stock availability etc. The shipping container crisis in early 2021 mixed with the post-pandemic economic challenges faced globally, have caused the price of containers to increase industry-wide. So, be wary of companies and sellers offering shipping containers at a suspiciously low price.
At Lion Containers we offer competitive prices that reflect the market average but work with you to ensure that you receive the best quality product that meets your budget and your needs.
Check Their Credentials
All legitimate companies provide their company information on their website, which scammers do not. Always look out for a company name, address and company registration number. If you can’t find them or notice any inconsistencies in their information and what you find on Companies House or Google, do not start your purchase.
Be especially wary of Facebook sellers. We receive far too many enquiries from distressed buyers who placed an order via a Facebook Marketplace listing, only to get ghosted once they’ve paid the so-called seller. If they don’t have an official page with a link to a website where their company information can be found, chances are they’re out to trick you.
Contact Us Directly
Scam artists are notorious for using third-party websites to sell their containers. To ensure that you are purchasing from a legitimate company always use the company’s website to make your purchases.
Company websites have a variety of options for you to make purchases through that don’t include any suspicious chain links or requests for card details. At Lion Containers we’ve made it super easy for you and created a 3-minute enquiry form to kickstart your order. Alternatively, you can speak directly to one of our expert team members by calling 0333 600 6260.
Unfortunately, scammers can be found in almost every industry – the shipping container industry is no different! However, you can make sure that you don’t get tricked by using these top tips before placing your next order.
If you need additional support to complete your container purchase, give us a call today or click here to speak to our conversion specialists Maria and Andrew. Our team are always happy to walk you through the process and make sure that your purchase goes down a treat!