Wednesday, March 16, 2016

It's a scam.

About 2 weeks ago, I tried to sell my wrong sized ladies sandals on Mudah.my. I wrote there payment method is through online banking.

2days later, a foreign number sms me saying that she's interested in buying the shoes. But she wanted me to reply her ONLY via email. I thought wow this is kinda fast, so I replied her.

She claimed herself as Halina Rosa from Wales, and wanted to buy the shoes for her relative in Malaysia. My mum said she sounded suspicious when she heard about it. But I still proceed without thinking much since she promised to pay first before I ship my shoes to her relative.

So I gave her my account number. And the next moment, I got an email claiming itself as First Direct bank. It stated that the buyer had banked in an amount of money, and the amount of money is not as I stated before. It showed me the receipt. I googled, the bank existed. But the email content look very suspicious. It had animating words, it got a huge smiley face, it used different colour, different font, got grammar problem some more.

In 2nd email, it stated that I must ship the shoes first, and give the bank the shipment tracking number, and I must ship the shoes within 24 hours, or else I will face the consequences. It mentioned FBI there. The whole thing sounds very absurd. Why the need to involve FBI?

Then I receive an email from the buyer. She said that I should have received the receipt by now. And she gave me the name of her relative and address.

Guess what, her relative is a guy.
Why would a guy buy a ladies sandals???!!!
OK, never mind that.
The address is pusat bekalan air Johor. This whole thing is getting more and more ridiculous.

And then suddenly, it hit me in the head, THIS IS A SCAM!

Then I checked the email, it's a fake email.

WARNING : firstdirectbanks@zoho.com   


this email is not from First Direct bank. If you receive it, ignore it at once or report it to First Direct Bank. 

and don't reply to this number +4494817260 and +4433451813

and this email halinarosa01@hotmail.com


Without further ado, I told my mum to withdraw the balance in my account. Cause the buyer got my name, hp number, email and my account number, they can do whatever they want. Thank God we got to cash out our money before it's too late. Until now, I didn't reply the person, and she didn't reply me to inquire about her shoes. So it's proven that this whole thing is a fraud.

So I wanna remind all of you out there, if you really wanna sell things, make sure don't make your number public, and it's safer via cash upon delivery. If you must ship your item, make sure you get the money first.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

An unpleasant Groupon experience

Few days ago, I purchased a hair treatment groupon to treat my dandruff problem. It listed there a lot of procedures for only RM18 per session, and RM28 for 2 sessions. I thought it was a great deal so I bought 2 session without further consideration.

However things change when I got there.

Firstly, a lady scanned my scalp, then another one (yes they are 2 of them) started to tell me how severe my dandruff is and took photos of it. Now here comes the trick.

She said, my dandruff is too severe until need to cut botak, So she took out a paper and write down a list of procedures which is exactly the same as listed in their groupon page and told me that I need to pay RM138 for the treatment. I was curious and asked, why do I need to pay more for the same exact procedures? They gave me a thousand reasons I should pay for that amount to treat my scalp. Since I don't have any cash with me, so they told me to call my mother for permission.

And so I did, my mother said just give it a go.
For the 2 hours session there, the lady responsible for my scalp kept on emphasizing the severity of my dandruff. Telling me that I should sign their package and use their product.

2 hours passed and my mum came to pick me up.
One of the lady suggested a whole treatment package for me.
Guess how much is it?
RM 3000++ for 15 sessions!

My mum said she couldn't afford. So she said can use credit card. But my mum doesn't have one.
So my mum asked, can we try 2-3 times first then look at the result?

At first she insisted no, then she lowered it to 12 sessions. She saw my mum still wasn't convinced, she lowered it to 10. She saw my mum still won't budge, she tried to sell her product which is really expensive like RM100 per bottle. Their product expired some more. So I asked her if I can buy her herbal treatment only and do it at home, she said cannot, must do it at their saloon.

Both of them kept on persuading my mum and won't let her go until we felt uncomfortable.
But at last, my mum declined and left.

My mum said this is their tactic to sell more, cause they have commission. Actually why the need for 15 sessions if  the lady said my scalp already improved a bit after 1 session? Furthermore why do I have to pay RM 138 if the groupon CLEARLY stated that I can get all those in the list for RM28?

I felt like I've been scammed, and they try to scam me some more. And this is not the way to help people to solve their problem. You know that we can't afford that much, why not let us try 2 or 3 session first?

I'm so not going back to their shop.

So just a reminder here, be careful when you buy things in groupon, they'll be some hidden tricks here and there to scam your wallet. All I can say is 天下没有白吃的午餐。

Yes you may ask me for the shop name if you wanna know which one.