Frauds and scams continue to plague the container sales market – with cases being reported regularly of individuals, charities, sports clubs and businesses (both large and small), being contacted by criminals who offer containers for sale, take the money “in advance”, fail to deliver the order – and then disappear.
One of the aims of the CSTA is to promote the industry’s professionalism – and one of the ways to do that is to provide a list of Accredited Members – who are genuine companies, undertaking business in the correct way.
It is a continuous challenge to ensure that buyers of containers are aware of the number of scammers that are operating – and know about the “sophisticated” methods that they are using.
CSTA Accredited Members are authorised to display the CSTA logo. However, recognising that this could be scammed too, buyers should check the CSTA Membership Directory provided on the CSTA website
CSTA provides information and a communication channel for its Members to speak to each other. But, usually these container scams are undertaken directly by the criminals in contact with the customer – who assumes that they are dealing with a bona fide business, without checking their accreditation
Read the document here: CSTA Guidance on Container Fraud and Container Sales Scams