Romance scammers are requesting the love of their life to help by shipping merchandise. The merchandise is purchased on stolen credit cards, shipped to the victim and then shipped to the scammer. The scammer’s name is not associated with the purchase; the loss of merchandise has fallen on the credit card holder, the merchant, and the person who shipped the items
Reshipping Merchandise Scams
- Immediately cease all contact with the scammer! Block their email address, ignore their instant messages, and ignore their phone calls
- Make copies if your email conversations, and instant messages. Keep originals for yourself, give copies to the various reporting agencies, and keep all receipts and envelopes, anything that can be used as evidence
- Contact your Postal Carrier/Post Office and ask that no packages to be delivered to you
- Contact your Postal Carrier/Post Office if you have been sent packages or letters to forward for a scammer. Keep the envelopes or shipping package for evidence
- Contact any companies that have sent you gifts or merchandise and inform them that they were purchased on a stolen credit card and make arraignments to have the items returned
- Contact your local Police Department, to make a report
Contact the company and tell them what is going on. The purpose of this is to inform them that their company has had their merchandise purchased by a stolen credit card. You have got to be honest with them though and tell them that you are a victim of a scam. They will direct you as to what they want you to do. Some want the merchandise delivered a certain way. What ever direction they give you, ask them to give it to you in writing so that you have something to back up your actions.
Make sure that the official you talk to understands that you know without a doubt that you are being scammed. Making a police report will also help ensure that you’re cooperating with the authorities.