International Designer World
When you’re on a good scam, stick to it. That seems to be the motto of the con artists behind this latest Rossi Milano wallet rort.
Operating under the name of International Designer World, these scammers are back to their old tricks, trying to rip-off unsuspecting consumers by giving them the chance to buy a “butter-soft” genuine leather cheque book wallet and/or enter a competition.
Recipients are told that the wallets, which come complete with an electronic cheque-balancing calculator and/or gift box, are the sort carried by movie stars, executives and rich jet setters.
They are also told that they are among a “select” group being presented with the offer and that tucked inside their “beautiful designer wallet” is a “cash award cheque” in their name.
According to the letter’s signatory, Jonathan P Forsythe, the cheque could be worth as much as $US2,500 (of course it could equally not be worth $US2,500).
Jonathan explains that International Designer World is so excited to be selling the “world class” Rossi Milano Chequebook wallets in new countries around the world that it is putting cheques worth a total of $US27,500 inside a small number of the wallets which it is then offering to “selected first-time customers in Australia”.
But there is nothing first-time about this offer.
In 2007 WA ScamNet intercepted and destroyed more than 250,000 letters, including many offering consumers an almost identical deal involving the same Rossi Milano wallets.
Though the latest offer is from Jonathan P Forsythe of International Designer World and the 2007 offer came from a Charles T Wellington of International Leather Shop, the wording in both letters is almost identical.
Both give recipients just 11 days in which to claim their prize – after that the cheque is to be re-issued to somebody else.
In both cases, accepting the offer is a matter of returning an enclosed form and paying a “special discount fee”.
Recipients are told they may waive acceptance of the wallet and just claim the award but that “priority handling” is given to those who pay the fee.
Consumers who take up the offer are bound to be disappointed.
Despite the hype, the wallets are of poor quality and the cash award cheques inside them are worthless.
Don’t fall prey to these unscrupulous fraudsters.