Now I can proudly say that, to my knowledge, I have never been actively scammed. I might have paid an inflated price for stuff bought in SE Asian markets, or slightly overcharged by taxis there, but never scammed, until now.
I purchased a couple of pairs of sandals from an online merchandiser about 3 weeks or so ago. The money was duly withdrawn from my Visa account, and I waited patiently for the delivery.
And waited, and waited…so this morning I went to jump on the website to inquire where the hell my sandals were, only to find the website has just disappeared into the ether. And googling the name just brought up lots and LOTS of people screaming SCAM SITE, all reviews posted within the last three weeks.
The thing that most pissed me off (apart from breaking a stellar non-scammed record) was having to ring my bank to cancel the card. I doubt I shall ever see the money again (my bank has started an investigation) but meh, caveat emptor yada yada.
Oh, and no Birkenstocks for this old bird it seems.