Euphoria Travel scam hits locals
AT first glance, the glossy Christmas card, sent from Malaysian company Euphoria Travel to select homes in the Lennox Head area, looks promising enough.
Inside are scratch cards and a pamphlet explaining the cards are a ‘gift’.
The scratch-me-happy format reveals a prize of $150,000 but to claim the money – and here’s the catch – you must post or email bank account or credit card details.
A Lennox Head woman, who did not wish to be named, said she feared other people would be caught out by the scam, as she nearly was when one arrived in her mail.
“The envelopes are very professional and beautiful,” she said.
“And at this time of year when everyone is short of money, some people are going to want to believe that they have won $150,000.”
According to the Department of Fair Trading, Euphoria Travel has been on their list of suspect companies since 2007.
But until enough complaints are lodged through the department’s hotline, the Malaysian company will continue to trade in NSW.
Initially, the travel company’s website, at www.euphoria-my.com, appears professional enough. There are plenty of glossy images and a raving report about the company’s future direction. There’s even a ‘world travel award’ for 2008.
But when a viewer delves deeper, they find the travel company offers nothing but out-of-date cruise tours.
To report a scam, contact the Department of Fair Trading on 13 32 20 or log onto the ACCC’s website: www.scamwatch.gov.au.