I have read many threads on the fraud that has been occuring via the
internet and over the phone and I writing to alert you of a case of
fraud that happened here in Minnesota to a jeweler that I work for.
A hearing impaired person calls up looking for a gift to send to her
husband who is located in Ghana, Africa. She wants gold chains, gets
pricing and requests that the gold chains are sent via FedEx 2-Day
service to the Ghana address and she pays with a credit card. The
credit card is approved and the transaction takes place, if you fall
In Mid-America Jewelry News this crime has been reported by jewelers
in small towns across the country. The caller sometimes identifies
himself as a hearing inpaired male, or female and uses the talk-type
phone connection for people who are hearing impaired, so it is
impossible to clearly identify the caller anyhow.
Ultimately, the credit card used has been stolen and when the
cardholder is alerted, they are typically protected against fraud
and the jeweler is out the merchanidise and the shipping costs since
they took the card via phone and were unable to check and identify
it as belonging to the real cardholder.
Just a warning to fellow jewelry store owners, especially in small
towns, if you receive a phone call similiar to the one I described,
the only action I am aware that you can take is refuse or decline to
help the individual and report it to the JSA. Any other comments on
this fraud I welcome everyone to post. Thank you.
Sara D. Grinnell
C&L Gems LLC