Targeting Glass Shops Continuing
GlassBYTEs.com has learned that glass shops continue to be
the target of an ordering and shipping scam, as first reported last
The scam follows a familiar formula: Glass shops are contacted
by a prospective customer who requests that unusual quantities of
glass and/or windshields be shipped to a location at some distance,
often to a foreign country such as Ghana.
As the scam has evolved, glass shops across the country have reported
that the solicitations were coming via email, a change from the
original format of a telephone call placed through the TTY or computer
In every case, the customer also requests that a specific freight
company be used to ship the order.
In at least one confirmed case, a glass shop employee employee who
contacted glassBYTEs.com with a copy of correspondence which
he believes is part of the scam.
Per the email, obtained by GlassBYTES.com, the scammer directs the
glass company to obtain a credit card payment from the customer
and to exchange the credit card payment for cash. The shipping company
then directs the shop to transfer the cash via Western Union money
transfer to a shipping company in Ghana. The shipping company provides
wiring instructions. Upon receipt, the shipping company promises
to provide the glass shop with receipt and pick-up information,
but the glass company never gets reimbursed.
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For a list of stories relating to the ongoing scam, see also:
Scam Still Haunting Industry, Point of Origin Differing Per Incident
Targeting Glass Shops Getting Worse, Not Better
Being Hit by Telephone Scam
Spreading Westward, Modus Operandi Changing
Sales Scam Hits Canada
Glass Companies Reporting Telephone Scam
Shops Beware of Ordering Scams
Staff Receives Industry-Targeting Scam Calls
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