Beware of Phishing

 

 The Violet Wand community, unfortunately is not spared the efforts of phishing scam artists or ‘fakes.’  The largest known of these is a phishing exploit website that looks like The Violet Wand Store (the legitimate registered business located at www.violetwands.com). The phishing site first showed up in September 2009, necessitating the original Violet Wand Store owner to begin actively using his ™ designation in an effort to assist customers.  

 

“I figured people would know who was who,’ says Derek Gaff, owner of The Violet Wand Store ™ through an email exchange.   ‘But I get calls from people thinking they bought from me saying they didn’t get their stuff, and then they find out they didn’t order from me at all.”

 

Another phishing exploit problem is a set of three different copycat websites,  registered by one Douglas Eddy, that all mimic the official website belonging to the International Violet Wand Guild. The owner of the fake ‘guild’ websites is not affiliated with the International Violet Wand Guild in any way.  The Guild has been well-established at its location at www.violetwands.org for many years and it is less easy for anyone browsing to mistake one from the other, but the exploit sites still constititute a real problem for violet wand users and anyone seeking information.  The exploit sites that mimic the Guild site, show only links taking you to the fake Violet Wand Store exploit site, a common redirection method of illegal phishers.

 

Exploits and phishing ‘fakes’ have not stopped there.  For the past two years a woman has been vending at some location events on the East Coast and impersonating Violetwanda quietly in conversations to potential customers in order to encourage sales of substandard goods.   Violetwanda declined to comment on the matter.

 

One might wonder how a community allows a person to pass themselves off as someone better known.  A conversation with a kink friendly attorney revealed that impersonating someone may constitute criminal activity including identity theft, a prosecutable offense, were there sufficient evidence.  Seeing that cameras are not generally allowed into vending areas of events, and people naturally prefer their anonymity regarding fetevents, such evidence would be unlikely to materialize in any cases where one kinkcommunity person was being impersonated by another.  This can make the kink community particularly vulnerable to impersonation and exploitation.

 

As for the copycat websites, the internet is a free market and so far, uncensored.   This article explains how Copycat websites are on the rise

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Copycat websites on the rise

Copycat websites on the rise

The International Chamber of Commerce’s Financial Investigation Bureau (FIB) is warning business owners, investors and consumers to be alert to the growing problem of copycat websites. In recent months, FIB fraud investigators have been called upon repeatedly to help shut down bogus websites.

FIB Assistant Director Jon Merrett stated: “We are seeing the number of copycat sites increasing exponentially and targeting nearly all industrial sectors.”

 

 

Read more:     This article explains Copycat websites  and who usually creates them and why. 

 

As a warning to potential violet wand customers, it is unfortunate that our own niche of the kink community is now infiltrated with these fakes, and that we are targets for greed just as is the general vanilla population.  Advice to potential shoppers everywhere, either kink or vanilla, is to do your homework and be sure of where, and from whom, you are buying. 

 

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One Comment

  1. Violet Wand User August 4, 2016 at 10:36 am

     This is how it went down.  Me: “Hi, You must be Violet Wanda?”  Her:”Oh, Yes, nice to meet you.”  Sells me a violet wand at twice the price.  Find out later that Violetwanda wasn’t even in the same state.  Could not believe they were impersonating a real seller. Slime balls will do ANYTHING to get your money.  And of course the shit broke a few months later and nothing I could do about it.   

     

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