Monday, June 27, 2011

Revisited: Fake Online Orders!

There is an original article on this topic dated: Saturday, February 20, 2010 Titled, Online Orders. We have had alot of activity lately under the comments so I wanted to bring this topic front page again. (Many of you know I hate "reruns" but this is more like a part 2.

Originally when the phony online orders were being place they were very large orders and payment terms were with money orders, cashier's checks, and were larger than the amount of the order and the consultant was instructed to keep the "extra". Now, the theives are getting more clever. The orders are reasonable and the form of payment is "secure online" payment via a credit card by way of your Mary Kay Website. Many consultant's feel secure because the card can be processed before the product is shipped - wrong!! The credit card has been stolen and eventually the consultant can be liable to repay and charges that were incurred on that card after it was stolen, of course with no recourse regaining the product.

I have heard consultants asking why the company doesn't "stake" out the addresses that these packages are being sent to because now it is an address in the States as oppossed to out of the country, but my guess is there is an address forward so it isn't being delivered to the address shown anyway and I am sure the PO Boxes change very frequently as well as the change of addresses.

I also feel that it isn't Mary Kay, the Company or the consultants being targeted but an easy way via the website to target a large volume of potential victims... if you send enough emails, you will always have some take the bait. I believe that any direct sale company probably is dealing with the same issues.

One thing I would like to point out, most of my serious new online customers, register on my website and for my newsletter, etc.... it isn't just the one online order. And certainly, if the order isn't local, why would they even bother dealing with someone so far away from them, let's be smart consultants!! If it looks to good to be true it probably is!

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