The scammers FINALLY got me.

John Backlund

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Well ....it appears that the fancy new 'gig rug' that I gleefully ordered about six weeks ago will, alas, not be showing up at our front door anytime soon, in fact, never, and I'm out a few bucks under $100 for the experience.
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It turns out that the online company that I bought it from is a scam outfit located somewhere well east of the US, and operates out of a place called 'Singapore', which by itself is nothing particularly unusual, but does have a reputation for a close association with that big country that starts with a 'C', which shall remain unnamed in my post concerning this unfortunate situation, but it's reputation for being a haven for multitudes of scamming internet thieves is well earned.

In six weeks, no acknowledgement or confirmation of my order and payment, no tracking number, no communication of any kind, nothing, and of course, no fancy new gig rug.

Oh, well, it took 'them' several decades of me buying stuff online to finally hose me on something, so I've done pretty good overall, and it was bound to happen sooner or later.

Score one for complacency on my part. The following was very easy to find, probably took me 45 seconds to dig up with one simple search on these guys.

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Ouch, sorry to hear that. You really have to be careful this days and sometimes even that is not enough.
 

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I once got scammed too. I was looking for a spare part for an electric cooker, which were not made anymore since at least 2010. After a bit of scanning the internet, i found this offer on a chinese site, and found the spare part at a reasonable price. Paypaled, scammed.

What happened is that somehow my searches got stolen and it is how i got baited. Avast is uptodate, i might need to run cccleaner and adware too though.

Man, they are good. I m usually very cautious, but for this part, i searched russian and chinese sites, which is something i never do. But that cooker is great, and without that part the oven doesn't work.
I bought another electric oven. :(
 

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I bought a closeout Blackstone griddle from a place in "Ohio". PayPal email confirmation was filled with Chinese characters. PayPal made good on it.
 

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Well ....it appears that the fancy new 'gig rug' that I gleefully ordered about six weeks ago will, alas, not be showing up at our front door anytime soon, in fact, never, and I'm out a few bucks under $100 for the experience.
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Oh, well, it took 'them' several decades of me buying stuff online to finally hose me on something, so I've done pretty good overall, and it was bound to happen sooner or later.

Score one for complacency on my part. The following was very easy to find, probably took me 45 seconds to dig up with one simple search on these guys.

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So sorry! Did you call your cc company? Bank?
 

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sorry to hear John,

that sucks huge, any recourse ?
this is why I'm terrified to put my CC info out there
I hope this ends well in your favor!
 

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As mentioned above, it’s a pretty cool rug. I’m guessing a legitimate seller is selling the same rug somewhere. Sorry you got scammed; I hope you find some resolution.
 

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It's a shame that no matter how much good you can accomplished over the internet there are those that abuse it out of greed or whatever.
 

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Did you pay with a credit card? Debit Card? Paypal? If so, go to them for assistance and a refund. If you paid by a "cash" method...Venmo, PP F&F, etc., you're unfortunately SOL.
 

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I’m now at the stage where I refuse to buy from anyone other than legitimate sites/shops. By that I mean established guitar shops with an online presence. Or eBay where I have at least some sort of comeback. For things like homeware etc I’ll ship with the established retail outlets. And recently I needed some filters for our cooker hood - depsite the fact they were more expensive they were ordered direct from the manufacturer.

This is only going to get worse, not better
 

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My favourite scam was when this song ...



... was used to sell this record.

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People actually thought the band had gone in a "new direction", but were surprised when every other song on the album was the same Matchbox 20 ripoff crap they'd always been doing.

HAHAHAHAHAHA... morons.
 

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Sorry to hear that. It happens, unfortunately. As others have said, If PayPal is accepted you get some level of protection there. I try to verify the legitimacy of any website I consider doing business with. If I can’t, I won’t do business. Also, if a site doesn’t take PayPal or Apple, I always use a Privacy.com card, which keeps your credit/debit card info safe from scammers, hackers, etc. It’s awesome and it’s free.
 

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Almost two years ago when the "crud" hit and I couldn't find toilet locally, I was searching online and it was out of stock everywhere. I finally found a site that listed many different items, and it had plenty of toilet paper, so I quickly ordered some. Then I started getting a funny feeling about the company, started searching it, and it came up as extremely new, with a zero reputation and possible scam site.

I called up my credit card company and cancelled the order, and ordered a new card. Turns out it was a scam company, but I cut it off before they were able to do any damage. The credit card rep said that the payment actually went to an individual and he gave me the address. I Googled it and it was a rundown residence back east. Shortly afterward the website was taken down

I've heard that now with the supply chain issues, there's many more of these popping up. They set up a nice online storefront with all kinds of items, often items that are hard to get right now, and all they're doing is looking to get your credit card number.
 
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Singapore is an independent republic, an island nation in Malaysia that spun off from the British Empire. Its population is 76% Chinese. Its government is very strict--some might remember the time they officially caned the American student who stole something--but at the same time it's very business-oriented. I'm not sure what that says about Singapore's official attitude toward international internet scammers, that rug merchant should be caned for sure, but those aren't the kind of criminals I'd be most concerned about if I were me. I'd worry about the big-money tax-shelter guys.

Cool rug.
 




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