How many times have the police warned us, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is? Apparently, not enough times, because it seems like every dawn brings a new batch of scams.
Scams Multiply Like Rabbits
Recently, I read about a racket where the caller asks, “Is this Melda Clark?” and then records my answer and uses my “yes” voice for nefarious reasons.
In another common scam, the caller or email writer claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and demands money. In Canada, alone, the scammers have stolen more than $4.3 million from trusting Canadians.
To date, I have not fallen prey to any phone scams, but I cannot boast a clean record because of “good deals” I could not not resist.
Scams all the Way From China, with Love
Each day my Facebook feed contains an assortment of tempting ads which offer quality merchandise — directly from China — no middleman involved. Recently, I fell in love with a beautiful winter coat for only $19.99 plus a few dollars for shipping. The sizes were unclear so I ordered the largest size possible: XXXXXL.
My coat arrived all the way from China in a week or two. I tore open the package, certain the coat would fit me or be a tad too big, but the result was quite the opposite. It only fit about half of me. An XXXXXL wouldn’t fit? It was more like a size Medium and it was not made for Canadian winters — Florida, maybe. Now, I am stuck with a coat that I cannot return. Where was my brain? A winter coat for $19.99? I deserved what I got. (Hey, it might fit my three-year-old granddaughters.)
With a heart full of shame, I must admit it is not the end of the story. For just $1.99 I could add a sparkling necklace to my order, and I did. I stood in front of the mirror admiring my bargain. While taking it off, the chain broke in half. The piece could have been full of cadmium or other toxic metals. A CBC Marketplace episode was about jewelry from the back alleys of China, and horror of horrors, Glenn and I watched it.
There are Suckers for Scams Born Every Minute
Now for my dilemma, predicament, quandary…
Most of the stores where I shop sell merchandise bearing a tag “Made in China” or “Fait en Chine.” Why do the clothing and shoes in stores fit true to size, but the ones I buy directly from China do not? Is it another case of “you get what you pay for” or “buyer beware?” All I know is that I could start a forest fire with the money I have wasted on substandard wares.
Have I learned my lesson? I sure hope so, but I could fall off the wagon in a flash if I see a steal of a deal. I am not the only one who falls for deals that are too good be true……I hope. Actually, I’m positive I am not alone. Otherwise, these sites would not exist.
On a bright note, I have not purchased merchandise from the Home Shopping Channel (HSC) or The Shopping Channel (TSC).