To Be SCAMMED!!!!!! The Holidays are apon us and the scammers are out in force! You would have thought the evil doers would have went away with Halloween! Everyone must be wary of these freaks of nature, and be on the look out for them.
DON”T BE SCAMMED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
Recently I received this email:
i am an oceanograher and am currently on the sea at the moment, i am buying your blanket as a gift for my Mum, i want to make it a surprise gift for her,she won’t know anything about the gift until they get delivered to her.So i want you to reassure me that the item is in good condition as you have described. I can only pay through PayPal. So please kindly get back to immediately so i can proceed with the payment and after the payment has been done,i have a pick up agent that will come around to pick the item up immediately after payment. (this persons email address, just in case you get one from them: smithsarah_0022@Yahoo.com)
Anyone can see that this is a scam. I knew it right off because I’ve received a few of these in the past, but I also know that there are some people (business owners) that would fall for this. They’ll give out their PayPal information, their name and their address. DON”T FALL FOR THIS AND OTHER SCAMS!!!!!!
I’m getting off my beaten track to inform everyone out there, business owners in particular, that the holiday season is the worst for this kind of thing, and to be wary of everyone who buys from you and/or sends you emails like the one I got. Here are some other scams you should be weary of:
-Laws in other countries may be quite different from those in the US. Refuse US buyers or sellers who claim they’re out of the country and request goods or money sent overseas. Recently I got one of these types of purchase requests, but I didn’t fall for it.
-Google Maps’ Street View can help accurately assess the risk of fulfilling a suspicious order. If the address looks like an abandoned building, call to determine if the buyer actually made the purchase. I use Google Maps’ Street View all the time, for most of my orders, and so should you. It’s free and it’s a great way to check out an address.
-To fight “Click Fraud”, businesses should monitor order velocity for multiple orders placed within the same day, hour or even minute, typically appearing from one device, address, credit card, or user ID.
-“Friendly Fraud” involves a buyer claiming he never purchased or received an item. A delivery confirmation form will establish that an item is delivered for PayPal transactions, but insurance or registration on international orders can be prohibitively expensive. Cast a wary eye on orders from known hotbeds such as Eastern Europe, Russia, and China, to name a few, but be aware that fraud gangs now operate out of most everywhere. I always insure every order that leaves my site, and I don’t care how much more I need to charge my customers, in or outside of the US. It’s for their protection as well as mine.
-Careful spelling is the first step in avoiding typo-squatting (as well as other scams such as my email above. Notice how this person has mis-spelled her words? Also notice the “I” she types it like this “i”.) It’s a small thing but a huge RED FLAG for a business owner. What is Typo-Squatting? Typo squatting is someone who register a domain name that is within a keystroke of a legitimate business (such as Compac for Compaq). Businesses victimized by typo-squatters can seek recourse with the Federal courts, which have increasingly ruled against the cyber squatters for domain name infringement.
………and the list goes on and on and on………I could be here for a month telling you about all the scams out there! So if you want to know more, you can go to these sites or just Google “SCAMS” in your browser. The list is endless!
TIS’ THE SEASON TO BE SMART AND NOT FALL PREY TO THE SCAMMERS!
Researching this post was an eye opener for me, and I hope it is for everyone else who reads it. This is important information so please pass it on. Don’t be a victim, be PROACTIVE!
Have a happy, healthy and safe Holiday Season.