Scammed

I’m hypersensitive to being scammed … always on the outlook for anything suspicious; probably too leery for my own good. That’s why I’ve taken over two years to make a decision on purchasing an outdoor nativity scene … not wanting to be taken advantage of on a big purchase that will have to be shipped.

I’ve looked so much that it was no surprise to see continual ads on FB. Facebook being Facebook, I knew I would be hounded in my feed. Also no surprise were the sales ads that started popping up after Christmas. Even My Guy noticed them.

“Maybe it’s time to get one,” he said in a text, having forwarded the same ad I’d been following. I had pestered him so long that he knew it was going to cost him some money at some point … might as well buy it on discount.

I thought I did my homework. I poured through all the comments and feedback … looked at the ratings … same as I’d been doing for two years. Everything looked in order, so I went through with it.

Here’s what I thought I was ordering:

For the final discounted priced of $53.32 (tax included), here is what I got.

That sheep tho! 🤣🤣🤣 It’s okay … you can laugh … I did.

I got mad too, but not until long after I told My Guy on the phone that the much awaited package had arrived and that the whole thing had fit in a slightly larger than legal size box.

“Wait?” They didn’t deliver it to the house?”

“Didn’t need too. They had room for it at the Post Office.”

“Oh oh! Can’t wait to see this,” he knew something was up.

“Yup,” I said. “We were scammed. Actually it’s kinda funny.”

And in the moment, it was. I had been texting the company back and forth, checking on why it was taking so long to arrive, and a little curious that they hadn’t balked about delivering to our town. Sometimes, we have trouble getting stuff on a rural route, especially if it’s an unusual size.

I also had been a little suspicious that they didn’t include tax on the original receipt, but the higher amount did show up on my online bank account.

They answered me quickly tho’ and since it had gone through PayPal, I was okay when they explained.

So … the package came and of course I was feeling taken, so immediately emailed the company and also went back to the original site where I ordered. Apparently a whole lot of other people just received their shipment too. Boy were there a lot of mad … although surprisingly polite … folks.

These shysters were very slick. How did they get us all?

They ripped off another company’s ads and testimonials, BUT in the order blank, they included the measurements of THEIR product … measured in CENTIMETERS.

“No … you got the product you ordered,” the person stated in their email. And technically, they are right.

Can I send it back?

Sure I can. That part of the ripped off advertising is true. But what it doesn’t say is that it’ll cost me $59 to return it. The return shipping isn’t free.

This company has been reported numerous times to the BBB and on FB, but I tell you, they’re slick.

Here’s the original page, they posted on after Christmas.

But they’ve taken off the nativity adds … all you’ll find is hair products and angry comments from other people like me who have caught on to what happened.

Have they disappeared into obscurity? Absolutely not … what these slicksters are doing now is creating new pages under different names, offering the same shady deals. Fortunately, those of us who were ripped off are seeing these ads and speaking out. Maybe we’ll save a few people some grief. The ones who are really gonna hurt are the legit companies, like Outdoor Nativity Sets in Florida who sell the items for real … at least, I think they do … I’m not sure anymore … and who I thought I was buying from in the first place. The difference I’ve noticed is a US location, a twitter account, thousands of followers, and a clearly developed website … and of course … the measurement … that’s definitely differently.

I feel a little stupid, but with so many scams going on right now, I’m glad that at least I didn’t send hundreds of millions of dollars to Nigeria in unemployment benefits (sorry … inside joke for those of us who live in Washington state). But … if I had done that I wouldn’t be writing my blog right now … I’d be working for the Federal government. Now … that does make me a little mad.

Okay … time to stop … veering into politics usually doesn’t end well.

Instead I’ll just keep laughing in hopes of the proverbial she who laughs last laughs loudest … or however, that goes.

Stay well and unscammed, my friends!

Thank you for reading “Small Stuff”.  This is the second of two blogs sites that I keep.  You can find more on my thought&faith blog at rashellbud.wordpress.com. Wishing you a beautiful day full of the Small Stuff that transforms life into BIG STUFF.

A note to my “silent” readers … thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read my work. I’ve learned that many of you are shy about commenting or hitting the like button, but I want you to know that I appreciate your visits and invite you into the conversations whenever you are ready.

Wishing you peace in all things … Shelly

12 thoughts on “Scammed

  1. Oh my goodness… I don’t want to “like” this because I don’t like being scammed, either! Yes, I admit to catching myself on an a laugh, but kind of an incredulous one… my goodness! Sorry that happened… maybe you can still set it out next year… it’s sure to draw a chuckle. Though perhaps just putting it in the window would be best…

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  2. Shelly,
    Yes, it seems that more and more frequently scammers and those selling inferior knock-offs are setting up shop on Amazon.
    This past Christmas we ordered the exact set you had hoped for. I called the makers directly in Florida to get some further info. They are a wonderful, family-oriented company that started making these sets a few years ago. You can see a photo of ours on my blog from early December. And, they are larger than a teacup! That set sent to you might make a nice mantle or table top display. But, that sheep …! LOL
    Isn’t it awful that some folks just put so much effort into cheating people? But, the upside may be that this may be the saving grace of brick and mortar shops, especially independents. There, at least you can see and touch what you are actually buying.

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    1. Since I posted the blog, I’ve been in touch with the company in Florida. I feel bad for them because this all ultimately hurts their business … they been very helpful in giving me some additional ideas to possibly get the money back. If I end up not returning the set, I agree with you that we’ll have to set it up each Christmas … it’ll give my family a good laugh … especially that sheep!

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  3. This same scam was propagated in my area and there were stories of an underwhelming product on the news. A learning experience. Too bad the seller do not learn something useful. Stay well Shelly. Allan

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    1. Hi Laurie, yes I learned my lesson too. I rarely buy anything from FB but because I had been looking at the same item on other sites, I figured it was the same thing. Boy was I wrong. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  4. Yeah, I saw something that interested me. I checked it out, I went to the web site, I read everything I could possibly read to make sure it was legit and safe. yeah…some time later I get a text from my bank asking if I had made a $97 purchase. No. Would you talk with the fraud dept Yes. So I wait for them to call. Turns out that it was one of those subscription places that if you don’t cancel within a certain time they send you over priced stuff monthly. The bank had refused the one, but another had gone through. The bank had to track down the number to contact them because none of the ones I could find would work. It took some doing but I finally got all my money refunded (almost $300) and my name off their lists. I kept telling the girl that I knew they were recording, record this- there was nothing on their web site about it being a subscription service, remove my name, refund my money. Now, I scroll right on past any of the ads selling anything on facebook and most emails.

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    1. Those subscription frauds are such a pain. I had that happen with magazines more than once. I’m with you … lessons learned and no more FB or online purchases unless it’s directly from a legitimate company that I’ve dealt with before. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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