The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is hearing from consumers who have lost money on offers they found on Craigslist advertising home exercise equipment at 50% off in some cases. They say that after paying for their exercise equipment with Green Dot MoneyPak gift cards, the merchandise they ordered was not delivered and the scammers dropped out of contact.
According to consumers and information in BBB files, these scammers are moving from Craigslist ad to Craigslist ad, website to website, making the same fraudulent offer. The most recent bogus site -- allegedly offering discounted home exercise equipment -- reported to the BBB was www.directhomefitness.com
To avoid falling for this scam, consumers should:
- Be wary of websites or Craigslist advertisements linking to websites where home exercise equipment is offered at steep discounts.
- Be suspicious of websites that ask customers to wire money or pay with a MoneyPak gift card. Consumers should never give their MoneyPak number to someone they don't know.
- Beware of websites requesting MoneyPak as a form of payment even if they display the MoneyPak or Green Dot logo. Consumers should check www.moneypak.com for a list of approved MoneyPak partners.
- Treat your MoneyPak card like cash. Transactions cannot be reversed.
Consumers who have been scammed by fraudulent offers like this should contact their local law enforcement and file a claim, as well as file complaints with the FTC (www.ftc.gov) and at www.ic3.gov.