Scammers targeting gun owners on social media, offering cheap ammo and primers
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.
It was bound to happen.
It’s a supply and demand thing.
Whenever there’s heightened demand for a product — any product — and a limited supply, the scammers swoop in.
Because of the ammunition shortage, conmen are now targeting unsuspecting gun owners via Facebook Messenger and other social media platforms.
They’re offering fantastic deals, such as $35 for a brick of 1,000 small rifle primers, and $467 for a case of 55gr Remington 5.56.
Man, if only it were true.
They’ll take your money via PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay and Zelle.
The only problem is the ammo and primers don’t exist.
Fortunately, not every gun owner is falling for their shenanigans.
To buttress their con, the scammers are slapping together Facebook pages by stealing photos off of legitimate gun dealers’ websites, and cloning others.
If anyone knows this poor guy, please let him know the scammers swiped his photo.
Thankfully, the pages they’re creating are full of holes, such as the name on the page not matching the name in the URL, and they have limited pictures, friends and history.
The one consistent thing that this group of scammers uses is a single phone number.
I called the number Thursday morning.
It’s a cell phone from Swedesboro, New Jersey.
There was no answer — the “subscriber was unavailable.”
I sent a text and they replied — a person who said their name was “Robert John.”
Here’s our conversation:
The idiot scammer quit texting, and the address he provided is linked to a real gun shop in Michigan, which specializes in custom ARs and accessories.
They are most definitely not involved in any ammo scam in any way.
I’m sure the bad guys picked their address at random.
I called the shop. There’s a message on their phone warning folks that they do not sell ammunition, and that if you were approached on social media about ammo sales, “this is a scam.”
I hope our friends in law enforcement are reading today.
Excessive force is definitely authorized for this group of villains.
As always, thanks for your time.
The Gun Shoppe, located in world famous (okay, maybe just locally famous) Sarasota, Florida, just minutes from Siesta Key and Bradenton.
The Gun Shoppe offers firearms training and concealed weapons classes several times a week, specializing in defensive shooting to better prepare you to fend off intruders, attackers, and post-apocalyptic Scenarios.
The owners are friends, and they’ve got a great staff.
They are located at 4402 S. Tamiami Trail Unit C Sarasota, FL 34231
You can reach them at 941.822.0707 or email at email@example.com
Range Werx is Florida’s premier shooting range.
Range Werx is in Ft. Meade, Florida, conveniently located about one hour from Orlando and Tampa.
The shooting facility was developed by Bob Keller of Gamut Resolutions, with the shooter in mind, and designed exactly the way Bob would want a range to be if he were a member.
Bob has had over 22 years in the Special Op’s community and has traveled across the United States teaching at hundreds of ranges. Bob also oversaw construction of shooting ranges overseas during multiple deployments.
For more info, email RD@rangewerx.com or call 813-600-9399
Ghost Inc. is your home for the best self-defense trigger connectors and accessories for your Glock pistol and AR rifles.
Ghost Inc. was founded and made in the USA since 2000. Everything they manufacture comes with an unconditional lifetime warranty and guarantee.
Shooting Instruction and Tactical Training. Home of Ready-Up™ Training
Gamut Resolutions provides world class instruction in pistol shooting, carbine shooting, and tactics.
At Gamut Resolutions, all our instructors are highly trained professionals with experience in the most elite units of the United States Armed Services.
We provide training for individuals and teams including shooting and tactical application. Classes are customized each time, so you learn what you need from experienced veterans.
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.