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07/29/08 - Longview

Online Scam Affects Longview Businesses

Cindy's Creative Cakes has been in business over 20 years, and Cindy's most popular creations have always been wedding cakes. But it was a recent on-line wedding cake order from Oklahoma that got Cindy's attention.

"Of course, I thought why don't they get a bakery in Oklahoma to do this but, again I'm pretty well-known and they might have seen my work and that's what they wanted," Cindy told us.

But, the wedding cake wasn't all they wanted. The customer paid Cindy $2,200 with a credit card.

The money cleared the bank and then another e-mail came saying, "...that I need to send $700 to this shipping company in order for them to pick up this cake tomorrow...so it's like I don't think so," she laughed.

It turns out the customer's name didn't match the credit card.

"The credit card did go through, it was authorized but nothing matched and that again was a red flag."

If she had sent that $700?

"I'm left with paying the credit card company back the full amount, is what it boils down to."

Linda Witherspoon with Longview's Better Business Bureau says businesses should beware.

"Obviously check the names on the credit card, if they don't match then there's a good chance that that credit card was stolen."

Thankfully for Cindy she didn't take the bait, and didn't make the cake.

Instead she sent this little e-mail...

"...hope you can enjoy your cake and eat it too."

The credit card company is investigating the incident and yes, Cindy has to give back the $2,200 but thankfully she didn't lose any money.

Lakecia Shockley, reporting. lshockley@kltv.com

 

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