Promotional products suppliers are warned to be on the lookout for someone using stolen credit cards to purchase goods through distributors.
The warning comes from Featured Promos (UPIC: FEATFOTO) in Neenah, Wisconsin. The company has seen multiple instances of its distributors being hit by scammers trying to purchase its micro-SD cards using stolen credit cards. Unfortunately, the cards are usually not reported stolen until after the order has been placed and shipped. Featured Promos has also been approached directly by someone posing as a legitimate buyer, but the company caught that it was fraudulent before any harm was done.
Featured Promos has reported the incidents to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint center, but because the individual orders are fairly small, they may not be high-profile enough to attract a quick response.
The scammers are doing their best to look legitimate, coming to Featured Promos through trusted distributors and with valid-looking company information. They’re even supplying artwork for the imprints. Bryon Honl, Featured Promos’ general manager, says, “Distributors need to know that if they receive a request for micro-SD cards that they should be very careful. Make sure to check that the client is valid and that they are not using a fraudulent credit card for purchase. We will be reminding any distributor that comes to us for micro-SD cards of this problem.”