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#1 posted 08-07-2017 08:48 PM

Hi Mark,

Sounds like a scam to me for the following reasons:

1. Switzerland is a well developed country with an educated population that is well versed in international business practices. Is everyone in Switzerland fluent in English? No, but any company trying to do business with Americans would know enough to use proper grammar.

2. Are you sure the return e-mail was Switzerland? They could be writing from anywhere. I got an email from my Cousin in Atlanta last week – it looked like it was from her – her name, her picture, her job title and the name of the company she works for – she wanted me to send her my social media login and password so she could add me to her professional contacts – our jobs have absolutely nothing in common and checking the return email showed it was not from her account – it wasn’t even from the USA.

3. All your items are pretty much unique – one of a kind creations – not necessarily a “product line that you carried in stock”. You are not in the business of mass production and anyone looking at your website would see that you are a small operation that could not be shipping products across the globe “without any problem or delay”.

4. A friend of mine fell for a similar scam – she sews baby clothing and sells it on Etsy. A store in Indiana contacted her and asked her to send some items “on consignment”. She did and never heard from them – when she tried to contact them by phone it was disconnected, the street address was a self storage company near the airport not an upscale suburban mall. Police had heard it all before – individuals scam you out of your products for resale at flea markets or online, sometimes paying you with fraud checks, other times demanding payment from you to cover shipping expenses.

Be very careful.


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