Scam Has New Twist; Fraud Group Offers Precautionary Tips
September 8, 2009
There is a new scam targeting auto glass shops in which the alleged
potential customer contacts an auto glass business by e-mail advising
that he/she has purchased several cars that will be moved across
state lines and will all need their glass replaced.
"Due to our conversation on the phone about the three used
cars brought from a car dealer in New York at my old car's rental
I want to get them to my new location here in the
state and I would like do the replacement of glasses on them,"
reads one such e-mail received by a glassBYTEs.com/AGRR
magazine reader, who wished to remain anonymous. "Can you handle
that for me?"
The alleged customer then lists the vehicles and says he will ship
the vehicles to the shop's location. But, of course, there's a catch.
"I will also need a favor from you because I haven't pa[id]
the shipping company who will bring down the cars to your shop for
replacement and he doesn't accept credit cards. Do you accept credit
cards?" reads the e-mail. "If you do, I will give you
my credit card to charge for the sum of $4,000 and deduct the sum
of $1,000 as deposit for the three cars' glass replacement and send
the remaining $3,000 to the shipping company so he can deliver the
cars and once they deliver the cars, you can write an estimate for
me for the remaining balance of the replacement."
This possible scam is a bit different than many the glass industry
has seen, in which the writer often asks that the glass be shipped
out of the country; however, the method of paying for shipping via
credit card so that the business then must pay a shipping company
out of pocket, is consistent with other scams glassBYTEs.com/AGRR
magazine readers have reported in the past. (CLICK
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According to Fraud.org, the National Consumers' League (NCL) fraud
center, which gathers information on possible scams, there are several
steps businesses can take to lessen their chances of becoming the
victims of fraudulent orders:
- Do businesses with companies you know and trust. If a company
you haven't dealt with before contacts you with an order that
seems fraudulent, research the company to see if it is legitimate;
- Understand what is being offered. "Get all details and
promises in writing," writes the NCL;
- Check the bills and invoices carefully. "It's hard to get
your money back once you've paid it to a con artist," warns
- Keep your company's financial information confidential-and don't
provide it to anyone unless you're certain it's a legitimate and
necessary transaction; and
- Educate your employees and make sure they are weary of such
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