Scammers Continue to Plague Glass Shops
August 7, 2009
During the slow summer glass shops across the board are hungry
for work-but in light of circulating e-mail scams glass shops should
still show caution in what work they accept.
"I know of two glass shops here in Louisiana who lost $1,100
[as a result of scams]," says Linda Medine, owner of Integrity
Glassworks in Baton Rouge, La. After scammers contacted her, she
called USGNN.com to warn other glass shops.
"What they do is pretend to be a deaf mute, so they have an
IP operator call here and then they agree to do correspondence through
email. The first time [it happened] I thought I was dealing with
a deaf mute so I thought, whatever I could to help, great,"
Medine says. "But when they asked me to ship to Africa, that
sent up a red flag."
She adds, "The first time they did it to me I caught it and
reversed the charges."
The second time, the scammers went to the company's website and
found Medine's email address and contacted her directly, again asking
her to ship glass to Africa. Medine contacted her bank and reported
the credit card numbers she was given by the scammer. "They
[the scammer] wanted me to charge $6,500 dollars on this card,"
she says. "If someone's got a credit card with a limit of $6,500
they're a hardworking person."
HERE to read Internet crime prevention tips from the Internet
Crime Complaint Center.
HERE to read USGNN.com coverage of a phone bill scam.
HERE to read about past scams.
to e-mail USGNN.com to advise if you'd been the target of
either of these scams or another recent scam.
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