And oldie but a goody. This scam has been circulating for at least a decade. I first encountered it in the early 2000’s. Unfortunately direct sellers and other merchants are still falling for it to the tune of thousands! For direct sellers is works like this:
- You receive an email from someone who found you via your replicated website and sometimes social media.
- They want to place a sizeable order but don’t have a credit card (red flag 1)
- They want to send you a cashiers check or money order (red flag 2)
- They want to send it for MORE than the amount and want you to Western Union the remainder to a third party (flags all over this play).
Warning … Warning … Warning
The scam works in their favor in a few ways.
Option A – you cash the check and give them access to you bank account information
Option B – you send them the remainder via Western Union (which is unrecoverable) and the check is counterfeit
Option C- All of the above
As your grandfather probably told you, if it sounds too good to be true … it probably is. Always trust your instincts and don’t get blinded by that BIG, enticing order. Sharing is caring! Help spread the word to other direct sellers by sharing this post!
If you have been scammed, report it to your state Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.