It begins innocently enough, with an email. One with a little something irregular enough to catch your attention. A customer who wants to buy some of your products, but not just a few – a LOT. To make matters even more legit, they are a minister or missionary, someplace overseas.
Never ship until your funds have cleared completely. Make that clear to anyone that buys from you. Don’t ship with carriers you are not familiar with, always use a trusted carrier like UPS, FedEx or the US Postal System. Be upfront with any customer requesting to use their carrier and just tell them, you only use one of the big 3. 99% of the time, that will be the last you hear from them.
If a customer is for real, they will understand your terms and work with you to get the product they desire. Make sure all funds have posted to your account and don’t let excitement or greed get the best of you.
Here is the latest email they are working with:
Hello there, I want to buy some PRODUCTS from your company to my new store in [Australia] (the country changes each time, but always over seas), I will like to know if you accept credit card and ship internationally as I have got new shops opening in other part of the world. So please let me know if you can assist me with the order I will await your prompt response as soon as you receive this mail, I will be very glad if you treat this email with good concern… You can reply back to (email address)