Warning over fake tourism ad billing

SUNSHINE Coast tourism operators have been warned to stay on high alert after several suspicious advertising invoices have appeared across the region.

Sunshine Coast Destination Limited, the overarching body representing Coast tourism, said some operators had received suspicious invoices from websites charging for a 12-month listing subscription.

Coast accommodation providers and tourist attractions have been targeted.

"We want operators to please be aware that these invoices have not been issued by us," Sunshine Coast Destination Limited CEO Simon Ambrose said.

"We would strongly advise against paying such invoices without first seeking clarification of their authenticity.

"If operators are concerned, they should contact the Office of Fair Trading."

A spokesman for the Office of Fair Trading said false billing for an unauthorised advertisement commonly targeted small businesses.

Scams can be reported to the Office of Fair Trading at http://www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au or call 13 74 68.

Further information on scams is available from http://www.scamwatch.gov.au.

Watch for:

  • Invoices for advertising placed in a publication you've never heard of. The scammer may even send you a copy of your "advertisement" to attempt to fool you into thinking it is legitimate.
  • A call from a business directory or other publication, "confirming" your advertisement.
  • A caller reading out your listing or advertisement and you recognise it as a listing you put in a different publication.


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