Because of the ammunition shortage, scammers are targeting gun owners online with too-good-to-be-true deals for ammunition and primers. We talk to one of the fraudsters via text.
Ouch. Prices like that are now considered too good to be true. This is another example of how to keep legit owners basically unarmed. No affordable ammo for the regular guy.
It would be nice to know if there was some way to contact the FBI and reach someone that would actually pursue scams like this. You never know any more, who is selectively enforcing the law.
I'd make them send me a selfie to prove their identity and then I'd conduct and OSINT search to find out who they are and call the FBI. You can't use social media for the selfie because they strip the META data off of the pictures. The scammer has to text you the picture. I once found hackers in North Korea using GPS triangulation.
I got scammed and reported it to the FBI with a very detailed report & called the this past week. Go online to FBI.gov and search for Complaint Referral Form - Internet Crime Complaint Center. The agent said that is the correct form for to report the scammers. I too had a mile of texts in regards to paying them.
The first giveaway is "They’ll take your money via PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay and Zelle."
Using those to sell ammo is a violation of all their TOSs. It would be a shame to rain on their gravy parade and report the scammer to each of those services.
Got dinged last February....it wasn't even an absurdly great price, but it WAS one of the components I needed at that time. Thankfully my credit union took at look at our email and text exchanges and reversed the charges on the scamming f&&k. I got my money back, he got screwed, and his name and phone number were dropped rather unceremoniously on arfcom for open ridicule and harassment. I hate a damned thief.