Feeds

Ink cartridge scammers forced to pen cheque for $AUD100k fine

This will make life interesting for managed print services providers

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

A company called Artorios Ink has been slugged with an $AUD100,000 fine after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) busted it for a scam that saw it cold call businesses and claim it was time for them to buy more ink cartridges.

The company's modus operandi saw it call companies and claim:

  • That the business had agreed to purchase printer cartridges from Artorios Ink, when in fact there was no such agreement;
  • That Artorios Ink was an approved, regular or current supplier of the business, when in fact it was not; and
  • that Artorios Ink had instituted proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria against the business to obtain payment for printer cartridges, when in fact Artorios Ink had not instituted any such proceedings.

The scam was eventually found out, the ACCC took Artorios to the Federal Court and the company's principals wound it up in the midst of those proceedings.

Judgement has now been delivered, with Artorios' two principals each ordered to hand over $50,000 fines after 'fessing up to the scam.

Vulture South imagines that managed print services across the land may feel a little queasy about this case. We're not suggesting that they over-service customers. But with the ACCC advising businesses to train staff so they don't fall for such scams in future, folks carrying big bundles of ink or toner cartridges into an office are now going to arouse rather more suspicion than they did yesterday. ®

Business security measures using SSL

More from The Register

next story
Hey, Scots. Microsoft's Bing thinks you'll vote NO to independence
World's top Google-finding website calls it for the UK
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics
You hear that, Amazon, Google, Microsoft et al?
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.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
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.