In July I posted about Facebook ads providing links to buy “quilt blankets” and other quilt-like products for unbelievably low prices. Many of the photos showed famous (and not-famous) designer quilts, often intricate and beautiful designs. At the time I questioned whether this was a case of design theft or outright fraud. As it turns out, it’s both.
Scammers are using stolen photos of designer quilts as the bait. Would-be buyers enter their orders in good faith, with payment information. Comments on my previous post show that a few people report receiving product of terrible quality. Most people say they don’t receive anything at all, and can’t get response from the party they ordered from. However, the company now has their name, address, payment information, etc.
Cheryl Sleboda at muppin.com provides information on reporting these scams to Facebook. She also provides a link to a Facebook post from Cindy Santa Anna, who is keeping a running list of the scamming companies. There is a discouragingly large number of them. Please see Cindy’s list, hit like to show her your appreciation, and share the list in your groups.
To all of you who are reading this post because you’ve been scammed, I’m so sorry this happened to you. Let’s get these ads shut down by reporting the ones you see to Facebook. Let them know, as Cheryl Sleboda recommends, that both the ad and the facebook page it springs from are scams.