20th October 2004, 11:47 PM
SCAM ALERT - Theatre Innovations
I know someone who got majorly ripped off by someone going around in a van, selling "high-end" hi-fi equipment, supposedly at a "heavily-discounted" price because of "surplus". This person paid $1000 for what he believed to be an expensive home theatre system. It's actually nothing more than a cheap 5.1 surround sound speaker system (no DVD player) that cannot cost more than $400 tops.
Check out the "official" Theater Innovations website.
Then, check out these articles that I've fished from the internet:
Google Groups search results
ecoustics.com forum thread 1
ecoustics forum thread 2
These scam artists have gone international!
21st October 2004, 01:09 AM
dots... very very... tmd.... hate such scammers... but wad can we do ?
all we have to do is shop smart lor.... dun buy anything from pple in vans la... hahahha
21st October 2004, 02:01 AM
21st October 2004, 02:37 AM
I don't even buy durians from people selling them in vans.
Originally Posted by glennyong
21st October 2004, 03:20 AM
Did it happened to your friend in Singapore?
21st October 2004, 06:06 AM
21st October 2004, 12:16 PM
Other local hifi forums have reported this "White van scams" going on in Singapore as well. I shan't mention forum names here. But the "White van" threat is real. Just becareful especially those of you who are into hifi.
Never knew this would happen in Singapore, reports only mainly came fro the UK since the last time i read What Hifi?
21st October 2004, 12:20 PM
21st October 2004, 10:42 PM
The scam is definitely real.
Apologies if my original post led to some confusion. Those links pointed to forums based overseas. I put them there because I am amazed that their mode of operation is so similar in the US, Europe AND here in S'pore.
I put this thread up because it happened to my friend's dad just last week, at the carpark of their HDB estate. I'm sure we'd all know better, but these scammers are targetting the older folk, or people they think would be "easy meat".
Just warn your family about this.