Everyday we get calls from people who have been victims of test strip selling scams. Some companies simply do not pay and others only send partial payments. Here are a few things to look for to help you detect and avoid test strip selling scams.
- Look at the quality of the website. Pay attention to typos and poor grammar. A company that has not taken the time to proofread their website probably does not expect it to be in business too long.
- Look for a logo. Logos take time and money to create and help identify the company. If the company does not have a logo it shows they have invested little time and money into their services and do not want to be memorable. A lot of test strip selling scams have websites full of text with no logo.
- Make sure the website/company is active before sending your diabetic supplies. Some companies that have gone out of business will abandon their websites. You can check if a site is active by calling/emailing the company or checking for an active blog.
- If the website is not well organized or difficult to navigate you should not use it. Difficult to use websites show that the company has not invested much time into their services. If the website is disorganized the company probably is too.
- Don’t use websites that don’t have a phone number listed. Scammers don’t like to be contacted.
- Be wary of websites that do not have a toll-free number (toll-free phone numbers start with 800, 855, 877, 888, or 866). Having a toll-free number is a courtesy to the customer so they do not have to pay for long distance calls. When a company takes the time and money to set up a toll-free number it shows that they care about their customers and plan to stay in business long-term. A lot of test strip selling scams will use Google Voice to set up temporary phone numbers that will be disconnected after you have been scammed.
- Do not use companies that have a phone number listed with spelled out numbers or in other strange formats. Examples: 55(five)-123-456(seven), 555…123…4567. When numbers are spelled out or have multiple periods between them it shows that the company does not want the number to be easily searched.
Cheesy testimonials and photos
- Be wary of websites that have testimonials that say something along the lines of “I was skeptical at first…” These are probably fake and are used to falsely gain your trust.
- If there are a lot of testimonials then assume they are fake. Very few people take the time to write positive testimonials.
- If you want real testimonials look for ones not on listed on the company’s website.
- Avoid websites that have photos of people holding tons of cash. These photos are deceptive.
Companies that make you pay shipping
- You should always sell to a company that provides a prepaid shipping label. Companies that have a prepaid shipping label pay a yearly fee of around $800 just to be able to use the label, this does not include the actual shipping costs. If a company has invested money into a prepaid label they probably plan to be around for a while.
- You should be cautious of companies that require you to pay for shipping even if they claim to reimburse you.
Evaluate the prices
- If a company has really low prices they are taking advantage of you.
- If a company has really high prices you will probably not get paid.
- Pay attention to expiration date policies. Some companies will significantly reduce prices on test strips with less than a year expiration. As a general rule, companies that require test strips to have a year or more until expiration are not using them to help people in need, they are usually selling them in retail stores or on a grey/black market. These companies should be avoided as they drive the prices of test strips up and hurt the people they claim to be helping.
- Make sure the company does not discount damaged boxes. There are a lot of companies that reduce your payment or don’t pay for boxes with minimal damage. A lot of companies claim that the boxes are damaged even if they are not so they don’t have to pay you. Also companies that reduce prices on damaged boxes are usually not helping people in need. If someone truly needs test strips, they won’t care what the box looks like.
A few more tips to protect you from test strip selling scams
- Tracking packages is helpful, but If you want to be able to take legal action against test strip selling scams you will need to have signature confirmation on your package. Signature confirmation is around $2.50 (Sell Your Strips for More is the only company that will reimburse your signature confirmation fees if your package is worth $15o or more).
- If you are sending an expensive package it is a good idea to get postal insurance. The post office does lose and damage packages occasionally and if this happens you will be able to get your money back.
- If it is too good to be true, it is probably a scam.
Help us track test strip selling scams
Let us know if you have been the victim of a test strip selling scam. We hunt test strips scammers in our spare time and report them. If you don’t speak up the test strip selling scams will continue, help us take them down.
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