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Rip-Off Alert: Stolen credit card nearly burns online business

Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 3/13/2013 7:10 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- If you're selling anything online these days, beware of scam artists looking to profit at your expense. In this Rip-Off Alert, you'll find vigilance is the best way to avoid being a victim.

Millie Muentes is a stay-at-home mom as well as an independent sales person with a beauty company. A potential customer contacted her by email.

"The person said they worked for a large company and that they were planning a wedding," Muentes said. "Interested in buying a large amount of products as souvenirs for this wedding."

It was $1,000 worth of beauty products. The client emailed credit card information with a name and billing address. But Muentes was suspicious, so she contacted postal inspectors who checked out the address.

"It was a freight warehouse and that freight warehouse had a foreign address where these items were going to be mailed to," said U.S. Postal Inspector Blanca Alvarez.

The credit card had been stolen.

"I was really disappointed," Muentes said.

Do some research before you do business with a person or company you've never met before. If Muentes had fallen for this, she could have lost hundreds of dollars.
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