I was using a coloring supply buy/sell/trade group in Facebook for trading my Derwent Artists set for a backup set of Prismacolor Premiers because it’s pretty difficult to get them here and I’d need someone from the US to ship them to me anyway.
First of all, yes, I do realise trading comes with risks. And that is exactly what happened to me. I do not like to dish dirt but I think at this point you do deserve a name, who you should beware of – Melissa Thompson Luxton. She and I agreed to ship on the same day, registered. I provided her a receipt and a tracking number. She started telling me that registered was too expensive so she shipped regular and didn’t provide a receipt. I asked her several times whether she did, eventually she told me she never mailed it because USPS told her they don’t ship that far. And proceeded to block me on Facebook.
However, as luck would have it, I do know her name and address and she’s in USA. Which means I can report her to the FBI IC3 section and I have. I do not think scammers should just get away with it. I realise trading has this risk but if I were her, I’d also think hard on whether this box of pencils was really worth it. She tried deleting her offer in the group but I do have a screenshot as well and she can’t do anything about me having our conversation in Facebook.
So my point being:
- Do not do business with Melissa Thompson Luxton
- Do not just fold when being scammed, you can make life a bit more miserable for the scammer, look into your options. With internet fraud where at least one party is from the US, you can report it HERE
- If you do still want to trade or buy something, always Google the other person and also Google the image they give you about their item. I didn’t Google the image because I was on the phone and I suck at using my phone which leads us to…
- Don’t do business transactions on your phone 😀
In general I wouldn’t recommend trading (and didn’t recommend it beforehand either). I’m not at all shocked by this turn of events but certainly disappointed a bit more in people in general. So don’t trade and if you do happen upon this sort of a situation, don’t just give up and let them get away with it.
Update: there’s also a mention of her HERE, I did Google her before trading but apparently I missed this comment. It really surprises me how people don’t care for their name and have families that seem not to care either that one of their own is a scammer. I frankly can’t fathom that.
In other news, this week I’ll be filming as much as I possibly can so soon we’ll continue with coloring together 🙂 Youtube is luckily back on track, however I have some oddness going on with someone other then the correct owner of the music I use, claiming she owns 40 seconds of one song. Which is incredibly odd and annoying but seems I’m having one of those times at the moment where everything and the kitchen sink is happening to me.