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Counterfeit Product Scam May 28, 2022

Scam Type

Counterfeit Product Scam

Business Name Used

Passion Tortoise

Date Reported

May 28, 2022

Victim Postal Code

23703

Total Dollars Lost

$700.00

Scam Description

I shopped online at https://passiontortoise.com/ (which I now understand is fake) and ordered medicine for my tortoise which led to the $400 Cash App scam. I was interacting with “sales@passiontortoise.com”. They told me my order had shipped (https://www.tnt-logistics.com/track-your-shipment) (and putting the tracking code: TNT-4AED63F57BE). Later TNT “tntlogistics40@gmail.com” told me the Norfolk Airport was requiring a refundable pet insurance fee which led to the $300 Zelle scam. While it is tempting for me to feel pretty stupid (I am a software engineer), this was (unfortunately) a very well-devised social engineering scam.