Found 2nd Nov 2016
There appear to be a spate of this particular scam going on especially in Wales. A man in a white van will drive along side pedestrians and ask if they want to buy a mattress. They will show you a nice mattress and if you decide to buy they will give you a 'new' one that is all wrapped up. This will most probably be either dirty, used or not conform to safety standards.
I know you're probably thinking 'what kind of idiot falls for these things?' but there must be some idiots because the scammers wouldn't bother doing it so it's best to arm ourselves with knowledge about these things and pass the word around. Cheers

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If you buy a mattress from a man in a van I'd expect a dodgy mattress.

They do this with broken tvs as well.
Tvs wrapped up , with one unit that looks to be fairly new. Explained as ex displays from Curry's, and at a bargain.

Don't trust anyone who approaches you with a van and a sale item.

Was he in a big white Transit Futon?

Banned

Is this a wind up or what?

kos1c

They do this with broken tvs as well. Tvs wrapped up , with one unit that … They do this with broken tvs as well. Tvs wrapped up , with one unit that looks to be fairly new. Explained as ex displays from Curry's, and at a bargain. Don't trust anyone who approaches you with a van and a sale item.



Yep they crawl through the retail parks here all the time with cling filmed wrapped up tv's.

Here it tends to be those which looks like they're from the traveling community.

Once i said to them that i have a car inverter in the car, i will test it. They said no it cannot be tested because its wrapped up and if they remove the wrapping then i have to pay for it lol.

Police get called all the time, but they don't take action it seems?.

No doubt the goods they're trying to sell are from the local tidy tip.

OldEnglish

Was he in a big white Transit Futon?


No, it was a Bedford.

I would never make an impulse decision like this, always best to sleep on it first

I thought this looked suspicious
http://a68.tinypic.com/n34208.jpg

It serves them right imo. At best they will likely be stolen.

some guy in a van tried selling me a mattress, obviously said no but never thought anything of it
...not until he asked if i wanted to see some puppies anyway

airfix

No, it was a Bedford.


X)

brilly

some guy in a van tried selling me a mattress, obviously said no but … some guy in a van tried selling me a mattress, obviously said no but never thought anything of it...not until he asked if i wanted to see some puppies anyway


A woman once asked me that and when I said yes she lifted her top up.

Great to see the comments on here about those who have fell or will fall for these scams being window lickers?!? and basically deserving to be laughed at...you do realise the scum that try these scams are preying on the most vulnerable of society? So if a pensioner couldn't afford a new mattress and he thought a honest young man offered him one he could afford it's a laughing matter? or someone with a reduced mental capacity was to buy something from one of these scammers ? or just somebody naive enough to think that there's anybody decent left in this screwed up society for that matter.

airfix

A woman once asked me that and when I said yes she lifted her top up.


yeah, next to skin is the best place to keep a puppy warm

"Yeah mate, I'll buy a mattress. You haven't got any bedsheets have ya'?"

Give over.

I once had someone try the white van speakers scam on me

J4GG4

Yep they crawl through the retail parks here all the time with cling … Yep they crawl through the retail parks here all the time with cling filmed wrapped up tv's.Here it tends to be those which looks like they're from the traveling community.Once i said to them that i have a car inverter in the car, i will test it. They said no it cannot be tested because its wrapped up and if they remove the wrapping then i have to pay for it lol.Police get called all the time, but they don't take action it seems?.No doubt the goods they're trying to sell are from the local tidy tip.



​Sadly, my foolishness and greedy young self fell for one of these scams when I was 18. Was a good while back, but I now always have this guard up against things that seem to be to good to be true.

Only reason I gave this guy any sense of trust is my cousins are travellers and they've have been pretty honest towards my family and friends when sorting them out.

Felt embarrassed to mention it to anyone or the police. So took it as a loss.

Predikuesi

I thought this looked suspicious



Well they'll arrive to its destination all dirty.

At least these scammers are wrapping them in cling film!.

Arr the old mattress scam where she drops your pants and runs of with your money. never again

kos1c

​Sadly, my foolishness and greedy young self fell for one of these scams w … ​Sadly, my foolishness and greedy young self fell for one of these scams when I was 18. Was a good while back, but I now always have this guard up against things that seem to be to good to be true.Only reason I gave this guy any sense of trust is my cousins are travellers and they've have been pretty honest towards my family and friends when sorting them out. Felt embarrassed to mention it to anyone or the police. So took it as a loss.



honest travellers

jax619

honest travellers



​I now know it's not true, honest to family, c*nts to the rest of the world!

Mandz27

Great to see the comments on here about those who have fell or will fall … Great to see the comments on here about those who have fell or will fall for these scams being window lickers?!? and basically deserving to be laughed at...you do realise the scum that try these scams are preying on the most vulnerable of society? So if a pensioner couldn't afford a new mattress and he thought a honest young man offered him one he could afford it's a laughing matter? or someone with a reduced mental capacity was to buy something from one of these scammers ? or just somebody naive enough to think that there's anybody decent left in this screwed up society for that matter.


Although I agree with your sentiments I must add
Taking advantage of the elderly, infirm or disabled is treated as a criminal offence AFAIK (Trading Standards and other authorities use the full weight of the law in these circumstances) and if you have/know/care for any of the aforementioned you will already be aware of said scams.

I think most negativity towards those being scammed (ITT) is directed at Joe Public - anybody with real common sense knows that the best place for deals is not from the back of a van or the pub but HUKD << @HUKD Admin - do I get to become an associate or mod now?


Edited by: "philphil61" 2nd Nov 2016

kos1c

​I now know it's not true, honest to family, c*nts to the rest of the w … ​I now know it's not true, honest to family, c*nts to the rest of the world!



Honest to your family?

You got scamed that doesn't seem very honest to your family

jax619

Honest to your family?You got scamed that doesn't seem very honest to … Honest to your family?You got scamed that doesn't seem very honest to your family



​My cousins didn't scam me.

Was some random man in the van approached me and my mum.

kos1c

​My cousins didn't scam me. Was some random man in the van approached me a … ​My cousins didn't scam me. Was some random man in the van approached me and my mum.



You trusted a random man just because he was driving a van and your cousins are travellers X)

No comment
(also he had candy)

kos1c

No comment :{(also he had candy)



Hang on a minute! he had candy? but you were with your mum oO

It's phones and watches around here, I'm guessing they show you an iphone then switch it with a chinese replica.
As soon as I clock it's a traveller I don't even bother to stop and listen to them.

jax619

Hang on a minute! he had candy? but you were with your mum oO



​He threw in the candy with the TV. Was like buy a TV get free harribo. Couldn't resist.

^^^^^^^^ turn the sound off for the video the host is a tit!

stgeorge

It's phones and watches around here, I'm guessing they show you an iphone … It's phones and watches around here, I'm guessing they show you an iphone then switch it with a chinese replica. As soon as I clock it's a traveller I don't even bother to stop and listen to them.



Yeah, loads of dodgy watches down this way. But they don't even try to pass them off as genuine, they'll tell you that they're pieces of sh*t and just for show. Will still charge you £15-20 for them.

Fell for this myself a good 5 years ago with the T.V's. I realised it was a scam way before the deal was completed but by this point felt unsafe challenging them. Always say no straight away! don't think you'll just have a nosy and be really careful because its not easy to walk away once your basically in the back of a van!
Edit - was two Irish gypsies when it happened to me.
Edited by: "Deaa" 2nd Nov 2016

philphil61

Although I agree with your sentiments I must addTaking advantage of the … Although I agree with your sentiments I must addTaking advantage of the elderly, infirm or disabled is treated as a criminal offence AFAIK (Trading Standards and other authorities use the full weight of the law in these circumstances) and if you have/know/care for any of the aforementioned you will already be aware of said scams.I think most negativity towards those being scammed (ITT) is directed at Joe Public - anybody with real common sense knows that the best place for deals is not from the back of a van or the pub but HUKD << @HUKD Admin - do I get to become an associate or mod now?;)



I get what your meaning ITT it is being aimed at those who should know better but some of these people who do get scammed honestly just aren't world wise (Not through age or disability) and I don't think they should be laughed at, I'd hate to think that some poor sod has gave away the little that they had to try better themselves only to be found in a worse position.
Edited by: "Mandz27" 2nd Nov 2016

Been doing this for years by mine along with carpets,that apparently will fit a big room,when you open mounds of plastic around a massive cardboard tube it up it resembles a door mat!

kos1c

​Sadly, my foolishness and greedy young self fell for one of these scams w … ​Sadly, my foolishness and greedy young self fell for one of these scams when I was 18. Was a good while back, but I now always have this guard up against things that seem to be to good to be true.Only reason I gave this guy any sense of trust is my cousins are travellers and they've have been pretty honest towards my family and friends when sorting them out. Felt embarrassed to mention it to anyone or the police. So took it as a loss.


window licker confirmed !! X) i'm joking , i'm joking
sorrry for your loss

So let me get this right. You're walking along, minding your business. A big white van runs up next to you and stop. The driver asks if you need a new mattress, and we all do don't we, let's face it.

So you give him the £60 cash you got in your pocket, I often only have £20 in cash on me, and he chucks a huge mattress out of the van on to the pavement and drives off.

Right, so how the f are you going to lug this huge item home, even if it is a legit bargain???? oO
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