Over the years we have warned you about various scams & fraudulent activity that could impact you as an Avon Representative. These scams have involved money orders, bad checks, credit cards & email correspondence.
Recently, we have been informed of the latest scam being implemented to trick you into processing a very large order based upon an email, often from someone claiming to be out of the country & unable to go throught the proper ordering and/or payment channels.
If you receive an email from someone you don't know who is placing an order (any size order), there are ways to protect yourself from fraud. consider sending them to either your eRepresentative site or to the Avon site(www.avon.com), where there are better security measures in place.
As a reminder, Avon's policy on accepting credit cards states that Representatives who accept payments without an imprint of the credit card, a signature from the Customer and a valid authorization code are not protected from chargebacks. A valid authorization code alone is insufficient to protect your account. Payments submitted with only a valid authorization code (even with either a signature or an imprint but not both of these things) may still be processed, and the Representative is liable in the event of a chargeback.
Most AVON Representatives can identify these scammers
How to Identify them1) You will receive a request on your AVON website from someone you do not know
2)They will first say "I want to order Products"
3)When you respond they will ask for a large amount of expensive products
4)They will say they will pay with certified or cashier checks
5)They will go on to say "I am out of town or the country on a business venture and say they will pay all the shipping, etc
6)Some will give you the order in email right away
The information above should alert you right away. I suggest you ignore & delete the mail. Do not respond. If they are legit they will contact you again. If they are not they will go away.
I got this today to show you what they say:
On Sat, Aug 22, 2009 at 8:52 AM,
You have received a 'contact me' request, in your address book from the following Customer. Please review the message and notify the Customer as needed. If you've already viewed this message from your Address Book, you can disregard this message.
The following information was submitted:
I want to order products
And I responded with:
I will be happy to help you. Go to my Website and register, shop online and enter Direct Delivery. Replace the SHIP3 code with FSANY and update at the bottom. If you live in my town I will be happy to do Personal Delivery with payment upon Delivery.
Thank you for Shopping My AVON Store
Independent AVON Sales Representative
And I can't Wait to show you her Response!
*Update* She went away! LoL SCAMMER!
If you buy and send these items you will receive a certified check, cash it then it will disappear from your account. You will be liable with your bank and AVON for the amount of money.
Do not get caught up in this, it happens all the time. You must be able to identify the SCAMMERS! If you are not sure, email them back and say
"I only do direct delivery and give them your website." If they say they are not familiar with websites and how to (since they have no problems using email)
THEY ARE SCAMMERS!
Protect yourself, I hope you do not get caught in this Scam Business!