This post is somewhat Negative Nellie, but its intent is to educate.
This could be real, but in all likelihood, it’s like someone trying to sell oceanfront property in Oklahoma — a scam.
Dear Sir or Madame,
I have just visited your website, I decide to make an request order directly from you.
Could you assist and supply me for my request :
Bullion gold coin like :
-. 1 Oz Mapple Leaf
-. 1 Oz China Pandas
– .1 Oz Philaharmonic
-. 1 Oz Buffalo
-. 1 Oz Double Eagle
I need your information regarding your business policy :
Do you accept credit card as payment ?
And Please calculate price and cost shipping to my address in Los Angeles, CA 90061 by Air freight (UPS, or FedEx ).I will pay my order with my credit card account. If this is best deal I will send my privat info via email.Please reply ASAP and let me know the best price for this stuff.
Looking forward to hearing from you.Thank you
The email address “appears” to be a legitimate corporate address. He also included the corporate business following his name in closing the message.
Unfortunately, the request has a 99.9999% chance of being fraudulent.
Many stories exist throughout the coin community about a variety of scams, and there are so many ways this type of message could result in a nightmare. Here are just a few examples.
This one could be someone wanting to buy the products with a stolen credit card. One ploy with stolen cards is to have the product shipped to a hotel address or to an overseas address.
Another ploy of the scammers is to have a legitimate credit card, receive and sign for the package, then file a complaint with the credit card company that the goods were never received. When the dealer provides the signed package receipt, they claim it’s not their signature.
It could even be a way to obtain personal/business information in order to perpetuate a different type of fraud.
Or, it could be a way through further emails to infect a computer with a virus, a trojan or some other type of application to obtain information they could use to their benefit and to the receiver’s detriment.
This is no longer our grandparents’ world where a person’s word and a handshake meant something.
Especially with the ease of hiding behind technology, it’s easier for criminals to take advantage of the susceptible or the unsuspecting.
It’s sad to have to worry about scams and frauds.
Take heed when you receive messages even remotely similar to the one above.
There’s a small — very, very small — chance the email is valid. But, the gamble is not worth it.
The above message won’t receive a response.