It began with a nice sounding first contact through my website... guy said he wanted to buy 800 glass rings in transparent medium red.... wanted to know the cost of shipping them to Othello, WA (a small town in eastern Washington). "Waiting to hear from you. Best regards, Mark Hudson."
Since I was about to restock glass rings for sale through my website and since he sounded so legitimate, I went ahead and ordered 1200 of the rings. I also wrote to tell him I'd give him a wholesale price on the rings of $6.75 per 100. Nice!
Mark wrote back, that he now wants 3200 rings and he's sending a check (which he spelled cheque) saying "once payment is received and cleared you ship." I'm beginning to get suspicious... something about his tone, grammer and lack of comment about the price I offered began to make me twitch a bit.
So I wrote back to him and said I'd order the remaining 2400 rings after I received his payment. From his reply, the scam was finally made clear: "...there is a payment error on the amount on the cheque sent to you ,cos she was meant to issue $216 to you but rather issued and sent $2,016 As soon as you received the cheque, feed me back so that I will instruct you on how to get the remaining funds to my personal assistant."
Well, that's that. But now I'm stuck with all those beautiful, red glass rings... so lovely in fringes, woven treasure bracelets, loopy surface fringe, earrings, even strung on a chain. So here's what I'll do... If any of you readers are interested, you can send me $8 (includes shipping to anywhere in the USA) per package of 100... and get them at the wholesale price. My address is 837 Miller Road, Friday Harbor WA 98250.
The red glass rings are all taken now!
I've been approached by scammers previously, but they were much more obvioius right from the start. I was always polite, but cautious. Now it seems they're getting more sophisticated and clever. Lesson learned... I hope.