Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona is updating its warnings about scammers who are contacting businesses claiming they want to do business with them even though they aren’t in the local area or, more frequently, even in the same country.
Initially targeting small auto repair shops through deaf communication devices regarding the shipping of vehicles that needed repairs, scammers have now moved on to other service industries as well as purchasing goods.
Like most successful scams, the process is fairly simple. The scam artist currently contacts potential victims through email and makes a request that will cost a substantial amount of money.
The scammer then makes payment arrangements with the business to cover the charges and shipping fees. The scammer asks the company to wire the shipping amount to the “shipper” that will be handling the freight end of the deal, promising to reimburse them immediately. The money is actually being wired to the scam artist. Later, the business receives a call from their credit card processor informing (more…)