Background: I manage the online presence for a friend’s small wine shop in NYC. This is a local neighborhood store, not a distributor who would have much lower prices.
Just a few minutes ago, I received the following email:
“I would like to place an order from you to my store in Fiji and have it shipped with a shipping company I have used several times in the past. Before placing an order with you, I would like to know if I can pay with a credit card (such as Visa or American Express), also, I don’t like to place online orders, so can I simply email an order form and have you give me a quote? This will allow the fastest processing of my orders. I appreciate your time in these matters.”
Seemed quite obviously scammy to me, so I took a quick look. WHOIS shows their website domain was registered just 10 days ago. Their phone number is in Texas, not Fiji, and the website is hosted by a company in Nigeria. And their wine shop that supposedly often orders from overseas instead of dealing locally has a grand total of 14 different items. As a comparison, my friend’s small local shop carries over 1200 different wines. Too many red flags.
So what exactly is the scam in this case? I’m assuming maybe a stolen credit card from some poor schmuck in Fiji? Or is it something else?
The content was posted by Joe_Peanut on 2020-12-01 09:38:10 via reddit