Ugh, I can’t believe I fell for this BS. Luckily the worst thing that happened was that the scam part of the transaction was declined by my bank and I’ve got a new credit card on the way.
Here’s what happened:
Almost two weeks ago I get a text asking me to take a survey about my T-Mobile service, and offering me a reward for it. I do the dumb survey which probably went straight into the bitbucket, and go on to the reward. I should have figured out it was a scam when they said pick the product and “just pay for shipping” I picked one of those LED headlamps with the straps and authorize a $5.99 charge for the “free” product.
Well, the headlamp actually shows up in the mail a few days later so I think hey, it’s legit, but the packing slip lists “Tactical headlamp trial” which struck me as odd but I didn’t think anything more of it. Suddenly I get fraud alert email from Chase late Saturday asking, hey did you authorize this $49.99 transaction (buying luggage in Utah)? and you know the rest. New cc number and card blah blah blah.
I feel like a bozo. At least I didn’t send any money to a Nigerian Prince or anything.
One thing I don’t get: since it’s a scam, why do they bother sending a product at all?