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Seven Signs Your Being Scammed?

Updated: Apr 21

If you have an email account you’ve no doubt been approached by a Nigerian Prince asking for money. Those emails are easy to identify as fraud but what about this one:


Greetings,

I like to make order please.

We have a store in Indonesia.

- Can you send curent products available?

- Can you send me your price sheet to view?

- Do you accept U.S credit card visa or master card?

- Will you accept pickup by private shipper?

Kindly get back me ASAP.

Sincerely,

Mr. Jerry Smith


Working in International business its expected grammar and spelling will not be perfect, so that aside this email looks legit. He’s asking the right questions about product availability, payment terms, and shipping instructions. If you were to ‘play along’ with Mr. Smith you’d quickly realize he’s scamming you.


Here are seven signs to prevent you from being scammed:

  1. Reluctancy to offer information or evasive on all questions you ask.

  2. They know nothing about your product and is evasive on sharing information about their company.

  3. Arranges payment or delivery someplace that doesn’t make sense.

  4. He asks to pay from a third party or to delivery the product somewhere untypical.

  5. Willing to pay cash.

  6. They are willing to pay cash for the order.

  7. Unfamiliar with product characteristics, but still wants to buy it.

  8. When you ask specific questions, he has no clue about your product or what he needs.

  9. Declines technical info, training, or assistance.

  10. He doesn’t ask or declines any of your product technical data sheets.

  11. Packaging is inconsistent with this product or destination.

  12. Unlike a legitimate cusotmer, they have no input on product packaging.

  13. They list a freight agent as the final destination.

  14. If the inquirier is informed on product information but is asking to ship the product to a third party or is vague on the end user, it could be going to a sanctioned country.


Its important to always do your due diligence on your customers. Know their markets and end users, run credit reports and ask for references. Be sure to have proper wording on your contracts and all export shipping documents. Don’t be the next victim.




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