The Better Business Bureau is hearing from consumers who are losing money shopping for home furniture online at a website called www.BigDiscounts.com. They say that after paying for the furniture with Green Dot MoneyPak gift cards, the merchandise they ordered was never delivered, and the scammers have since dropped out of contact.
According to consumers and information in BBB files, there have been similar websites making the same fraudulent offers: www.OnsaleFurnitureDepot.com, www.directhomefitness.com and www.smart-liquidation.com.
To avoid falling for this scam, consumers should:
- Be wary of websites or Craigslist advertisements linking to websites where home furnishings or any product are offered at steep discounts.
- Be suspicious of websites that ask customers to wire money or pay with a MoneyPak gift card. Consumers should never give their MoneyPak number to someone they don’t know.
- Beware of websites requesting MoneyPak as a form of payment even if they display the MoneyPak or Green Dot logo. Consumers should check www.moneypak.com for a list of approved MoneyPak partners.
- Treat your MoneyPak card like cash. Transactions cannot be reversed.