Well after reading this it looks like they got me too. I have a new business and did advertise in the Fed Police mag, which I saw a copy of, and thought this was legit too. Stupidly I paid over the phone.........aghh.
I also had a call from a Crime Prevention mag who said I had agreed to a one off add and once I told them I didn't and actually can't afford it the never called back. BEWARE PEOPLE.
Yeh i have had this too. She got me at a time when i was doing similar advertising, so it seemed believable. But cant call her or her"distributions office" back on there mobile numbers. When they did call me i could here children and house hold noise in the background... They did send me the booklet i am supposedly advertised in. The invoce has in bold,"This is not a bill. You are not requied to send any money (AUST CONSUMER LAW REQUIREMENT )." Definitely a scam. Vic Streetsmart Handbook, SES magazine, National emergency services magazine, Nieghbourhood Safety Journal, Crime Prevention Australia, Paramedics handbook, Firefighters Handbook, Australian 000 Journal,Workplace Hazards & Safety.
The list goes on Ladies and Gentlemen, every one of these "publications" has contacted me over the last 6 months, all adds are around the same price $369 to $420, all offering a discount if you pay over the phone. All of them guarantee that i authorised the add some time before and now the invoice is due. i feel really stupid as i have actually paid a few of them to date.
Please Please Please warn other small businesses of this scam
If anyone can shut these people down please do this has seriously damaged my small business, and I'm now hanging on by a thread.
Yep, i had exactly the same - It started after i had excepted advertising in the AiPOL - Aust Institute Police Magazine in approx oct 17. They are proper. Then i received a call from The "Childrens Voice Magazine", approx a couple of months later who initially didnt ask for money but made out i woud l be advertising in this mag and everything was all good and they would arrange the ad for me to check before publishing. (i actually hadnt ordered this ad at all.) Then on the 23rd Jan i think i got 2 separate calls from a lady confirmng all my address details etc. and reading out how the ad would read, and of course it all sounds absolutely correct....still no payment asked for but in all creates a picture of a big company when different people, from "different departments" ring confirming the same thing and quoting the last persons name. Then later the same day, a guy rang for payment saying it was now being published and payment at publishing meant you could secure a 10% discount and your copy would be posted out the next day,(or something like that... i asked for the invoice to be emailed through and i would fix up the payment that night, however he said thats ok but i cant provide the discount. so foolishly i paid then and there. i rang their landline ph only yesterday, went to voice message, and suprisingly they rang back! i said i hadnt received the mag or the artwork to approve. The guy said he would arrange another mag to be sent and emailed me the artwork! - its a copy of the AiPOL ad! No mag yet.
i have also had another one on just this past Mon 12th Feb 18 and they were from the "Crime Prevention Magazine"!! they are scum bastards. Watch out!
I got off the phone with them today,,they said I authorised the add ,when I didn’t ,I run a very small business I get to much work from high pages I don’t need extra advertising,,they are so rude and abrupt that they even said if I don’t pay they will send the sheriff/collectors around ,,I told them to go and jump,,he’s scam mobile is the same as the above one 0411 076 116 Appears to be a scam based on attempting to be confiused with similar but legitimate publications.
These guys have have an actual registered ABN to Star Digital Answer pty ltd with 3 trading names: Childrens Voice Alliance, Lookout Community Safety, and Welfare and Protection
Caller: Scam classified advertising call in "charitable magazine"
They all follow the same protocol, don't get done over like I have. They seem to work in cells with an ABN attached to each "publication" They say you've agreed to some advert in some arbitrary magazine with a Charitable name and you now need to pay them, seems to be around $400. It started off with me accepting one ad and then the next that followed I hadn't accepted. If they ring just HANG UP and call www.scamwatch.gov.au, if no luck here I'm going to the State Crime Command.
I have stupidly paid over 3 grand, nearly lost my marriage, My business is purely hobby orientated . Because I have memory issues I thought that I had agreed to these adverts and forgotten . CWDA , Bushfire response, Police news, street smart, (they never sent copies of magazine) ,National Emergency Services and now Feel Safe and the National Emergency Services . I have asked if I am on some list that is passed around , no answer. And yep some have 1300 numbers that go to voice mail. Yes I have been duped as well as have paid a few, well CWDA called today threatening as collections fee, I am glad I found this info.
As a small businesses I can do without this loss.
Clever little bastards, I said to one I cant remember asking for this, they got a boss to call me assuring that they were a real firm.
Well I pay no more. feeling very dumb indeed.
Caller: Kimberley Brown
Just had an argument with this piece of crap who had the audacity to tell me to educate myself. I have obviously done this and that is how I found this site and all the people that have been ripped off. I have posted on here previously and just giving an update on their aggressive tactics. Really had enough !! Children With Different Abilities, get stuffed !! Phone numbers they use 0423 683 465, 0423 689 849, 0423 683 156.
Caller: Kim Brown
Just had another one from Children With Different Abilities, like a few reports on this page. Got done by the Health and Safety one. They tried it on with Statewise Emergency Response. Hope people read this before they get done.
Caller: Australian kids safety program and crime prevention Australia
same as above comments. Absolute scammers and are very rude and pushy, lucky for me I don't back down easy and am happy to push back when I know 100% that their "claims" are bogus! I just kept arguing every point and all they could do was repeat themselves as their knowledge of our business is limited to wherever they took it from till finally they hung up on me haha! hopefully they put our business on a do not call list due to dificut owner!
I have had the same. Even paid a couple, How dumb of me!!! After doing a little bit of research I believe I too have been scammed. You may publish your add in a legitimate magazine, or you may receive an email from a university student claiming to be researching within her media course or a person claiming to be a journalist doing research. Be aware because this is how they get your information. Then the magazines start ringing stating that you have booked an ad with them a few months ago. They are relying upon you to be that busy you think "oh yeh, I probably did approve of that" when I booked the other mag (the valid one). Their websites are elaborate as is the ad they produce. All very professional, but 100% BOGAS!!!. The magazines that rang me to date have been Local Support Network, Volunteer Rescue, Crime Prevention Australia, On Duty, Street Watch. They are non contactable, if you request a copy of the magazine with your ad in it. The links they send you are elaborate They all sound like services you would like to support, but be beware these magazines are non existent. We work hard for our money and I hate the idea that these scumbags are getting away with robbing us. The more people made aware of these scumbags the better. Funny, but when I scream and go ballistic at them over the phone and abuse them verbally they hang up pretty quick.
the Police Down Under Magazine
Police Down Under is the Official Bi-Monthly Magazine of the Australian Section of the International Police Association.
The Magazine is distributed to all Members nationally, Police Stations, Libraries, other Emergency Services Organisations and to all Advertisers.
Hi, the Police Down Under Magazine, Police Down Under is the Official Bi-Monthly Magazine of the Australian Section of the International Police Association.
The Magazine is distributed to all Members nationally, Police Stations, Libraries, other Emergency Services Organisations and to all Advertisers.... this is a non-profit orangisation.
Same as above, never authorised an add, sent a magazine with a dodgy add and phone call requesting I pay $390. Had advertised in AiPOL which is professional, assume this is where they got my details. Will not be paying and will be reporting to Police today. Caller: Teagan from Crime Prevention Australia
Just got a phone call from a very rude person called Teagan who claims that I agreed to a sponsorship for Crime Prevention Australia which we supposedly discussed over the phone at the end of July. She said I told her to ring back. I have no such affiliation with this person and she was extremely rude to say that "I wouldn't be calling you if we didn't have this conversation". This is a recurring theme with these bastard scammers. I have previously been scammed by The Local Support Network who kept ringing me every couple of days and insisted that I agreed back in February and that she had all her notes that I said to call back etc etc. Then they sent me a "proof" of the advertisement that I supposedly agreed on. Because she was pushy, I just wanted to get rid of her and I questioned myself if I did maybe agree to it before. I ended up paying $330 for it. Anyway, that was a mistake.
A few weeks later, I got another email with a proof ad, and another phone call from someone who sounds exactly like the Local Support Network woman, claiming that I agreed to an ad for the "Australian 000 Journal". The format of the email was the same, they even misspelled my name exactly the same! This is when I really dug deeper and found that these scammers have the same ABN and purporting to operate from different offices, which I investigated and found that they were all satellite offices (the one that anyone can hire by the hour as an office). They were using these addresses as their office address! I crosschecked these scam companies and they were mixing the photos around to look like they had legit offices! Beware of this ABN: 32 165 411 629. They operate a few scam companies,so please be wary of these:
Pristine Business Information Services
Australian 000 Journal
Local Support Network
Children With Different Abilities
Australians Defending Australia
Workplace Hazards & Safety
They all have the same looking website so BEWARE!!!
I don't know how these scumbags can sleep at night, scamming people of money while pretending they are giving community support! These people need to be put in jail!!!
I placed an add in a Streetsmart booklet I think Novemeber 2017. Anyway, Early May 2018 I get a phonecall from a mobile phone. It was a lady saying she was from some publication to do with kids and I had ordered an add with them late last year. She said I agreed to it and also told me a received a proof of the add in my POBOX and alledge I told them it was all good to go. I don't remember any of this!
Anyway, I had to give her a 4 digit number (she suggested my date of birth)- phishing?
So that 'Distribution' knew it was me calling. I told him I don't remember placing this add so he arranged the lady who originally called me to call me back. She did, I asked her to email me the invoice and she agreed to it. She said if I paid now over the phone that I would get a discount, and also Jason said he could give me a further 10%. I said I can't afford it right now and to email me the invoice.
It's been 4 days now and no invoice. They're not answering on either of the mobile numbers they called me on. 0423 825 798 & 0421 616 404)>
I only decided now that it seemed really sketchy so i googled the numbers and came across all the other people they've tried to or successfully robbed.
Told me my boss (my husband ) said we'd agreed to advertise in this book.. Sent the book and very pushy and rude about paying when I asked questions about when he agreed etc.. We stupidly fell for it as it was around the time of "do it for Dolly." Same Here..said i had agrred to advertise...nothing in writing just sa id 'yes' over the ph in october. And yes, i had just ageed to advertise in the police mag and i knew i hadn't committed to anything else cos we had only just opened. Wanted my address which i stupidly gave her plus a 4 digit number that i could remember...maybe a date of birth or pets name..thought was getting very odd so gave a 4 digit number that i plicked out of the air. Then she couldn't read my name on the invoice so could i spell it. I was in the supermarker so semi distracted but again i started asking questions at which point she said thank you for my support snd hung up. I rang the number back but no answer...surprisingly!!!.. thank you for all the comments. I cannot believe these scumbags....we are worjing our rings off to get up and running...we don't need parasites
9 complaints this year
34 total complaints
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2 Evolve on (02) 9779 3526
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Missed the call and I called back and said Optus advised that this number has been disconnected....
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