Amanda Stichbury, Accommodation Find, Internet Find and Special Days false billing scam continues

Many business owners, particularly those in the travel and tourism industry, will be familiar with the long running false billing scam perpetrated by Amanda Stichbury – director of the companies Special Days Pty Ltd, Accommodation Find Pty Ltd and Internet Find Pty Ltd. How the scam originally functioned was that business owners would receive what… Continue reading Amanda Stichbury, Accommodation Find, Internet Find and Special Days false billing scam continues

Trademark registration scam from WOTRA – World Organization for Trademarks

Businesses in Australia who have registered a trademark are currently being hit by a scam that originates from a company that calls themselves WOTRA – World Organization for Trademarks.  Their website is located at wotra-register.com. An example of one of their letters, which strongly resembles an invoice that requires payment, is shown below. Registering a… Continue reading Trademark registration scam from WOTRA – World Organization for Trademarks

Queensland fraudster Amanda Stichbury fined yet again

Many people operating businesses in the travel and tourism industries will be familiar with the long-running false billing scams perpetrated by Amanda Jane Stichbury and her companies Accommodation Find Pty Ltd, Internet Find Pty Ltd, and Special Days Pty Ltd. Many businesses were sent either invoices or renewal letters concerning advertising on her large network… Continue reading Queensland fraudster Amanda Stichbury fined yet again

Warning: trademark renewal from PTMO – Patent & Trademark Organisation

A number of trademark owners in Australia, particularly those in the high profile travel and tourism sector, have recently received an official looking letter from PTMO (Patent & Trademark Organisation) advising that their trademark is expiring and the steps that need to be taken to renew it. Trademarks, or brands, are used to uniquely identify… Continue reading Warning: trademark renewal from PTMO – Patent & Trademark Organisation

Careful with Victoria Tourism & www.victoriatourism.com.au listing renewals

A number of accommodation managers in Victoria have been receiving unsolicited emails requesting that they renew their listing on the Victoria Tourism website at www.victoriatourism.com.au. Before going any further, it is very important to note that Victoria Tourism is in no way related to the official government tourism organisation of Tourism Victoria.  In fact, the… Continue reading Careful with Victoria Tourism & www.victoriatourism.com.au listing renewals

Fined and convicted – Amanda Stichbury & Special Days Pty Ltd false billing scam

Over the years, a significant number of businesses in Australia, including accommodation and tourism operators, have received unsolicited bills in the mail for advertising they never ordered.   This is known as “false billing” and its aim is to trick businesses into paying money.  It is similar to someone unexpectedly turning up at your door with… Continue reading Fined and convicted – Amanda Stichbury & Special Days Pty Ltd false billing scam

Holiday Great Ocean Road & www.holidaygreatoceanroad.com false billing scam

Accommodation businesses operating within the Great Ocean Road region in Victoria have been on the receiving end of a false billing scam. It has been operating since 2012, resulting in bills being sent out for unauthorised advertising on a tourism website. Invoices are being sent out by Holiday Great Ocean Road for advertising on the… Continue reading Holiday Great Ocean Road & www.holidaygreatoceanroad.com false billing scam

VIC Tourism & www.victourism.com.au false billing scam

A new false billing scam is actively targeting those who manage accommodation properties in Victoria. Bills are being posted out for unauthorised advertising on a website which bears a name very similar to Tourism Victoria – Victoria’s official tourism body. Unauthorised bills are being sent out by VIC Tourism for advertising on the www.victourism.com.au website. … Continue reading VIC Tourism & www.victourism.com.au false billing scam

Accommodation VIC & www.accommodationvic.com.au false billing scam

A false billing scam which began in 2010 is still targeting accommodation providers in Victoria. It involves sending out bills for unauthorised advertising on a travel website. The unauthorised bills are sent out by Accommodation VIC for advertising on the www.accommodationvic.com.au website.  Refer below to a sample of the invoices they post out in the… Continue reading Accommodation VIC & www.accommodationvic.com.au false billing scam