Feeds

PlayStation 2 Web store owner arrested for fraud

Mounties swoop as PS Two scams continue

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Police in Canada yesterday arrested the developer of two Web sites allegedly created solely to rip off potential PlayStation 2 owners.

Canadian Scott Byers, 20, launched the sites, PS2storeusa.com and PS2storecanada.com, to offer the next-generation Sony console for up to $599, well above the machine's retail price.

After it received numerous complaints about unfulfilled orders, North American consumer watchdog the Better Business Bureau warned buyers not to trust Byers' sites.

That prompted a police investigation cumlinating in Byers arrest on two counts of fraud. Byers will appear before Canadian magistrates on Monday.

PlayStation 2 scams are becoming increasingly common as buyers desperately try to find consoles before Christmas. And it's not just punters who are being ripped off. US ISP Families On Line yesterday admitted it will refund customers to whom it sold PlayStation 2s after being conned by a supplier.

"It is absolutely 100 per cent evident that we were scammed," Mark Thurman, Families On Line's CEO, claimed in a CNet report.

Families On Line was promised sufficient consoles to convince it to take 9000 orders from its subscribers. The company has reported the incident to local police who are investigating the matter.

With Sony shipping fewer than 100,000 consoles per month into the whole of North America, you'd have thought buyers - both trade and end users - would be a little more cautious. Evidently not. Let the buyer beware... ®

Related Stories

Pirates, conmen target PlayStation 2 buyers
PlayStation 2 e-tail warning in US and Canada
Terrorists gets into computer piracy
Sony way off target on PS2 shipments

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights
Lobbies tetchy MPs 'to end indiscriminate online surveillance'
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM
In the immortal words of Shaggy, it wasn't me us ... amirite?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.