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What is a Shipping Scam?

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Although the "Nigerian Prince", "419" or "Advance Fee Fraud" scam is not as effective as it was in the Ninetys it has not gone away. Scammers continue to target the companies using fake shipping websites as a tool to part people with their money. Once you have paid an initial payment to the scammer, they will use a common scam technique called the "bait and switch". Instead of the scammer demanding money, it is now the "shippers" turn to demand payment.

The shipper will demand for different services or fees depending on the scam that is being run.

If you are an individual buying goods over the internet you are at risk of coming into contact with criminals who sell goods online. Scammers sell, or give away, goods online in a multitude of ways including:

  • Selling on Ebay, Craigslist, Gumtree etc.
  • Selling on Facebook or Insagram.
  • Creating custom made fake company websites to sell anything from puppies to marijuana.

Scammers websites can and do look professional. They will build websites to sell everything from:

  • Pets (puppies, kittens, tortises)
  • Livestock (sheep, horses, chickens etc)
  • Paperwork (Safety certs, diplomas, passports, driving licences etc)
  • Drugs (Everything from Opioids to euthanasia drugs to marijuana)
  • Tech (From the latest Apple technology to solar panels)
  • Commodities (Grain, precious metals, electricity, oil, beef, orange juice etc)

This is just a small selection of items being sold by scammers. They will create a website for any market in order to scam.

How is a fake shipping website used?

Fake Shipping websites or Fake Delivery websites are created and used by scammers to convince their victims that they are getting an item delivered. Scam.Directory aims to provide a fake courier service list so that you can check if the shipping website you are using is legit.

All fake shipping websites have the ability for the victim to "track" an item with a fake courier tracking number. In reality the item does not exist.

The scammer will then invent an issue which will detain the shipment. The invented issue can only be resolved by the victim paying more money to the fake shipper. Once the payment has been made, the victim can log in to see that the fake shipment has been released.

The scammer will then create another issue to delay the shipment.

This will continue until the victim has either spent all their money or realise that they are being scammed. The scammer will often offer to pay part of the fees if the victim is unwilling to pay. Of course, as all fees are invented only the victim will be parting with their money.


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