Suit scam hurts Elvis fan
A LOCAL Elvis impersonator said he was swindled after a realistic Elvis costume he bought online never arrived.
Jeff Hancox from Kingaroy wanted an authentic Elvis suit to compete in a competition next year, and thought he had found the perfect costume online.
"It's what's called the two-piece white and turquoise suit," Mr Hancox said.
The suit was sold on the promise that it looked almost identical to a similar suit Elvis wore when performing in Vegas during the final years of his career.
A lifelong Elvis fan, Mr Hancox said he picked the suit because the Vegas period was the era he most identified with.
Although he has been performing Elvis songs for a number of years in gigs around the South Burnett, the suit was part of a plan to compete against other impersonators from across Australia.
He was going to wear the suit at the Viva Surfers Paradise festival in July.
"You are not just judged on your music but also your look," he said.
He paid about $900 for the suit via PayPal in August to a Canadian man he found online who said he had a good reputation for selling Elvis-style suits.
But when no suit arrived and the seller stopped responding to messages he realised he had been scammed.
Now he plans to start fundraising for a new suit again, but this time he plans to make sure the seller is reputable.
Jeff Hancox will be playing at Tara's Hall at the Nanango RSL this Saturday.