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Banned trail book dealer may be back at it

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Australian Broker | 21 Jan 2014, 08:00 AM Agree 0
A Victorian man banned for selling trail books, leads and rent rolls which never materialised may once again be attempting to dupe brokers.
  • Positive Broker | 21 Jan 2014, 09:23 AM Agree 0
    I too have received that email. Anybody who gets involved when the sender does not identify themselves or their business is a sucker. It is obviously a con and any broker with an ounce of commonsense would see that straight away. Just press delete as i did.
  • dumb and dumber | 21 Jan 2014, 09:33 AM Agree 0
    Yeap i also paid him $1750 and got the database but he never returned his calls and i made a complaint to the Victorian office of fair trading.
    This guy is disgusting.....
  • observer | 21 Jan 2014, 09:53 AM Agree 0
    I purchased a database from him a few years ago and did know a bit about him. I have made my money back several times over so not out of pocket like some (fortunately). I have also been receiving these emails from him and been forwarding them direct to CAV victoria.

    Why is it that governments can regulate the industry so hard with massive fines and jail for breaches of the rules, and this pair seem to skate through with minimal impact or accountability?

    It wouldn't be hard to work out is Katie Logie is the maiden name of Mrs Kate Whittingham.

    His home address was reasonably easy to find as well, ( Rp Data)
  • Coast Broker | 21 Jan 2014, 09:55 AM Agree 0
    Can someone hang up Mark Whittingham by the short and curlys and therefore put us out of our misery. I too have been receiving his latest emails about Data Bases. The Delete button is quickly pressed.
  • Patrick | 21 Jan 2014, 10:05 AM Agree 0
    Dumb & Dumber, you are not the only one. I too was conned and bought a database. I subsequently received identical emails from a new shadow entity and challenged Whittingham, who of course denied all. If all who have been conned on a database purchase can communicate and compare the contents there is a chance we can do somthing about this guy. Repeat sales of the same property is fraud and a criminal offence. Given his history with ASIC & CAV I am sure a Court would issue a harsh sentence on a fraud conviction. Come on everyone, forget your pride and come forward, email
  • Failed Legal System | 21 Jan 2014, 12:44 PM Agree 0
    I also received the email on 14 Jan. Our regulators only appear to want to regulate law abiding citizens. Criminals on the other hand have all the rights whilst their victims have none. It's cheaper for the govt to allow thieves to keep scamming us than it is to prosecute them and then lock them up. Why bother when they will be on the street again the next day anyway. If we can't afford build more jails, then reintroduce the death penalty for the more serious serial offenders to make room (and deter others). There is no deterrence for crims, and getting caught is just an inconvenience and part of their job.
  • don | 21 Jan 2014, 01:03 PM Agree 0
    I was conned by the same loser a few years ago when he first advertised Lead Generation. Paid him $600 and that was the last I hear from him. I complaint to the MFAA to alert other brokers but they are a toothless tiger like the CAV. We brokers are the soft targets to CAV, ASIC and the likes.
  • Positive Broker | 21 Jan 2014, 04:46 PM Agree 0
    Just received another email now. No address, no phone number, no website. Looks dodgy straight away. Press delete!
  • Linda Wisbey | 21 Jan 2014, 10:50 PM Agree 0
    I also rec'd the emails initially saying that he was an ex broker disposing of his book but then the next one said other brokers had asked him to dispose of their books on their behalf because he had enquiries. I hit unsubscribe and got a reply from hlsservices, his old business. Hopefully every broker is now familiar with who and what he is.
  • Vic Broker | 22 Jan 2014, 12:29 AM Agree 0
    I too got scammed by leads purchased but not received id anyone knows his home address I would like to visit him he scammed me of $3,000 worth of leads not received while struggling to start up a mortgage business. I seem to find every scammer in the finance industry
  • Failing Legal System | 22 Jan 2014, 10:21 AM Agree 0
    He just emailed me again (twice already this month) trying to sell me his loan books. This guy just doesn't give up. He obviously doesn't consider our authorities and laws as any deterrent (as do most crooks these days).
    At least crooks don't have to worry about being NCCP compliant. Easier being a crook by the looks of it :)
  • Too much for broker | 23 Jan 2014, 09:35 AM Agree 0
    Whittingham has been wrecking peoples lives with so many scams for over a decade.....I still cant believe he gets away with this, we all see it and flag we have any teeth in our industry to support the 95% complying with the requirements of the public and government. Phil/MFAA be proactive and show how you get ASIC/ Police and whoever together to rid this type out....not holding my breath.
  • Financial Planning Industry | 10 Feb 2014, 03:00 PM Agree 0
    Got scammed as well.
    Just 2 weeks ago, he sold me 2500 leeds and only just saw the online scam info, i should have researched the fool. I was approached by him a year ago and at that time thought his story didn't check out, for some reason now i regret the transaction. It should be lock down for this criminal now!
  • John C | 11 Feb 2014, 09:16 AM Agree 0
    I first came across this character some years ago. Back then he was asking for a deposit to show commitment. As soon as he asked for that, that was it for me as we had not even got the actual deal. Since then I have tried to unsubscribe from his email site which is ignored repeatedly, I have reported hie email address as a scam mail and to no avail. Surely he must be breaching the communictions act somewhere.
  • Patrick McMenamin | 11 Feb 2014, 12:37 PM Agree 0
    I again call on those who have purchased leads or database from Whittingham to contact me. If we can assemble actual evidence of the sale of duplicate data we will have a case, ideally a case for criminal fraud charges.
  • Sydney Agent | 28 Feb 2014, 01:59 PM Agree 0
    We fell victim to this grub May last year 2013. He was selling fraudulent rent rolls under I have found a blog
    which people are adding information as it comes available.
  • Truth seeker | 03 Jun 2014, 08:42 PM Agree 0
    I was recently contacted by also. After seeing so many articles I was lucky to know this email is from an unscrupulous human being. Does anyone know who we can report this too to confirm his ongoing activity?
  • Sarah Williamson | 11 Feb 2015, 12:21 PM Agree 0
    Hello everybody,

    I work for A Current Affair and I am looking at investigating Mark Whittingham for a story. He is in court tomorrow. Please call me on 03 9420 3394 ASAP. I have some questions I need to ask.
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