Feeds

PlayStation 2 Web store owner arrested for fraud

Mounties swoop as PS Two scams continue

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

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

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.