Roger Doeren of Rainy Day Books (Kansas City, MO) recently alerted us to a scam/fraud email he’d received and that all IndieCommerce stores should be aware of. Here is the message exactly as it appeared in Roger’s inbox, including typos and grammatical mistakes:
“Hi, I am Dxxxxs Sxxxxh, do you ship to Poland and accept US issued credit card as Payment ? ,concerning the shipping I have a shipper that you will contact regarding shipping ,they will pick up the items and deliver directly to my store doorstep without hassle and i will also like to know the types of credit card you accept.Let me know if can e-mail you what am interested in ordering. Thank You Dxxxxs Sxxxxh"
Another questionable email came to Leana's Books & More (Hermitage, PA). It was a request for 100 bibles costing $22.95 each that the buyer claimed would be donated to a church. The bookstore asked if the customer if they were local and the “buyer” deflected the question by asking for a discount. The email’s awkward sentence structure and lack of specificity raised a red flag for the bookseller, who did not fulfill the order.
Those are pretty typical online retail scams. If you receive emails like these or run into online scams that you want to share with other IndieCommerce stores, please forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org. In many cases, scam emails will hit multiple websites, so we attempt to notify our members as early as possible in order to prevent the fraud.