I pride myself on honest business so when scammers are taking advantage of customers, it gets my undivided attention.
Recently, I've received numerous reports about multiple websites that are selling Aquarius using our stock photos. I've also received reports of Ads being run on Facebook and Instagram using my Kickstarter video completely unedited which shows myself in it too! The ads look something like this (as of this writing):
While Shopify (the platform I use) has protection against various forms of fraud, it cannot protect against it 100%. One of the things this site (and others) is doing is called the "triangulation" scam. The steps involved are the following:
In the last week or 2 since that fraudulent Ad was created (Dec 28 2018), I've received an overwhelming number of orders. I'm currently investigating each order to make sure they are legitimate, if not, I will be canceling them so that the scam site owners will be on the hook.
In addition to the possible "triangulation" scam, these sites may also be taking customers money directly and not sending any product back in the hopes that some may not request a chargeback request with their credit card company. I've already received a few messages from folks informing me that they had placed an order on those sites only to have their card charged with no confirmation of order (or any product receipt). Customers will ALWAYS be able to request a chargeback in this case and I highly recommend it to prevent any further fraud like this to perpetuate further.
Orders placed since Dec 28 2018 may take a bit longer as I go through the verification process to protect myself, customers, and the integrity of the product/business.
I've already informed Facebook, Instagram, and Shopify to serve DMCA takedown notices for these websites and Ads. A few have already been taken down but new ones are popping back up quite frequently. It's also not just my product that is being used as part of the scam, the sites actually use various other products so I've reached out to those original creators too. I won't list all the websites in question here as they are frequently being taken down and changing but a few are:
If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to reach out to me on the contact page. Best of all, stay vigilant when shopping online for anything and always perform your due diligence!
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