Scammers Using New Tricks On Fraudulent Orders

The tactics scammers use to take advantage of industry businesses continues to evolve. Adam Yager, partner at Gaithersburg, Maryland, distributor Blue Thunder Promotions, LLC shared a recent experience on Promo Connect that highlighted some of the new methods scammers are using in placing fraudulent orders.

The order for 1,000 pieces came in addressed directly to Yager, rather than the “Attn: Sales” typical of scam orders. The email also referenced the distributor’s specific SAGE product numbers, suggesting the scammers had done their research, and included an imprint. Most scam orders request blank products.

Blue Thunder Promotions does business with several companies overseas needing merchandise in the U.S. for a conference. They have always been willing to send a deposit via wire transfer. Yager’s suspicions were first raised about this message as it came from a Gmail account rather than an actual company. In another atypical step, the scammer called the company after the order, and when Yager pointed out the company’s terms are prepayment of a deposit via wire transfer, the scammer immediately hung up.


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Marty McGee
July 27, 2018
We were scammed, too. A request for a specific product from our website, an email from an actual company email (or so it seemed), and back and forth correspondence re: details of the imprint with a native English-speaker. Because of the size of the order and the request to ship to a location other than the company HQ, we even contacted the credit card issuer prior to taking the order. We were told everything was fine, and it was until we received the massive chargeback AFTER the goods had shipped (and been rerouted to Africa). We were told the customer service rep should have given us a confirmation code, which we didn't know about. Protection from a CVV code? Not anymore. As of May 1, having a CVV code means nothing. I guess the only protection these days is to not take an order from anyone you haven't met personally.
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