Young woman was robbed of her dream 4×4 as online competition went mad
A young woman who thought she’d landed her dream car was robbed of her prize when an online competition went awry.
Amelia Conway spent $120 on Hello Lifestyle Australia online raffles in hopes of winning a $113,000 Nissan Patrol.
The 22-year-old was delighted with her win and was even flown from Melbourne to Brisbane to collect her 4WD prize last year.
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“At that point … everything seemed perfectly legit,” Conway told 7NEWS.
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But Conway said she “felt something was wrong” after returning home by car.
“I started contacting them probably a month after I got it because I found out I didn’t have the spare key and I needed to change it to my name and get it roadworthy here in Victoria,” said Conway.
The car winner said she was not given papers for the vehicle – only later realizing it was still under a financing agreement.
“(I) have called her countless times, the phone just goes straight to voicemail,” Conway explained.
“It’s pretty frustrating to imagine that you can get a car and then suddenly it’s literally gone.”
Conway took to social media to discuss her situation and seek help.
“I won this Y62 Nissan Patrol last July. Since then I found out two weeks ago that the car was still being financed and at the time I called everyone I could think of to try and understand what was going on,” Conway wrote on Facebook.
“Accidentally, unbeknownst to me, at 8pm last night, a guy showed up to repossess the car.
“So the patrol is gone and I’m trying to gather information through other people who have gained something through Hello Lifestyle Australia to take it much further.
“It’s not fair to me or anyone who has gained anything through this venture. It’s just heartbreaking.”
The Courier-Mail reports that a spokeswoman for the Queensland Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation confirmed she was aware of the car’s repossession and that an investigation is currently underway into the state-based company.
In a statement to the ABC, Australia’s Competitions and Consumers Commission (ACCC) said consumers should check a lottery’s authorization number before entering a competition.
“If a consumer wins a high-value prize like a car, they should ensure that the lottery operator provides them with the legal documentation for that prize,” the ACCC said.
Hello Lifestyle Australia has since shut down its website and social media pages.
Victoria Police told 7NEWS.com.au the matter was a civil matter and was not being investigated by the police.
– With reports by Bethan Yeoman
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