Rip Offs Alert: Thank You For Your Order Scam
By Shelley Lockwood
You receive an e-mail thanking you for your order and confirming that your order has been processed. You are a bit confused because you don't remember actually placing this order.
But you figure you'd better look into it because they go on to say that your credit card will be charged.
You respond to the e-mail, but you don't get a response or your e-mail comes back bounced.
Luckily they've included a phone number. So you call desperately seeking information in an attempt to stop
this unauthorized charge.
Luckily? I don't think so. That's where the scam actually kicks in. What you don't realize is they've given you a number with an exchange in the West Indies or somewhere else where you will be charged up to $25.00 per minute for the call.
Of course they'll appear ever so helpful while they keep you on the phone as long as possible.
Ironically, the scam artist is misleading you into thinking that your credit card is about to be charged for something you didn't order. When in fact they don't even have your credit card number in the first place.
Can this happen to you? Yes. Will this happen to you No...because now you are aware of it.
If you get a message like this, don't reply. Contact your credit card Company and make them aware of the potential problem. These scammers aren't really going to bill your credit card, they just want to sink you on the long distance.
Which by the way is next to impossible to get out of because you will have actually placed the long distance call.