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Similar reaction to https://gunzdirect.com/ out of El Paso, TX. Said their CC gateway was down, but had Western Union, Crypto currency, Zelle or apple pay. Hard push on their chat window. Said would work with me to pay through another account- :triangular_flag_on_post: :triangular_flag_on_post: :triangular_flag_on_post: :triangular_flag_on_post: !
Immediately deleted cart and said I’d check back after they fixed their CC gateway.
Note to self: PSA never lets you down!

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Thanks for the feedback. I found a IWI ar15 at the right price but I’m still looking for a bit.

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Sounds very much like OpticsAndAmmo.com, CC gateway down, ACH xfer instead. Its owner, Christopher Eustice is under indictment and in jail with revoked bond for multiple felonies now. Thanks for sharing.

Crooks online!!!

Unbelievable!

Who’d a thought?

Seriously though thanks for your post.

Darn crooks!!! How dare they…

Beware of online sites selling equipment and guns. Some are fraudulent. I recently came across a site purporting to sell Sig guns. The site is down today and I didn’t copy the exact URL, but as I recall it was ssgundeals.com. They were on the top of a goggle search and claimed to have stock. The wanted payment via Zelle which is a cash transfer. That was a flag for me because there is no recourse after a cash transfer if there is a problem with the product or delivery. Also, no phone number. When they sent a text , I looked up the area code and found they were in CA. Not sure what the selling laws are in CA, but he claimed to have a P320, 15 round gun. That would be illegal in CA because of mag restriction I believe. Sig Sauer has a list of fraudulent sites posted. This was one of them.

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This website is on the scam list posted by Sig Sauer

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Thanks for the info brother @Robert355 :+1::+1:

Yes have seen at least one of these pop up. I reported it

@Robert1116 >>> thanks Robert. Wellcome to the club.

Ive noticed SEVERAL “2A support” online clubs on social media offering “FREE” tshirts or discounted guns and range gear only to overcharge for the item even if they don’t have it in inventory but take your money upfront. Then the company mutates into multiple companies to continue to try and sell you “new” merch. I feel as though they take advantage of clients based off the model Uscca or NRA has and tries to get you to pay monthly to be a “member”. Sorry about all the quote marks but there’s so many of them and how they operate, Im not sure how else to explain it not being legit. It’s insane now with the ammo shortage and possible gun control tightening, they are taking advantage of customer fears.

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https://www.reddit.com/r/gundeals/wiki/blacklisted_websites/

Whole messload

I didn’t realize there was another thread related to the one I posted here:

I did search for similar terms but didn’t search ‘scam’ but rather ‘fake’ websites. Thanks to member jerzy for pointing me here. Below is my post with additional fake websites from the other thread:

Recently I came across a couple gun websites when I was trying to find a best price on an item that has been showing up well above MSRP at many places. I found a couple websites that had big red flags. One red flag is any website that doesn’t seem to want an FFL to ship a gun. Also sites that say they accept crytocurrency is another red flag. I looked into these sites with a “website.com name” scam search on Google and some had very low ratings on places that track the validity and reputation of websites but others seemed to think they were okay.

In a couple cases scam detectors like McAfee and Norton thought they were ‘safe’ but clearly some were not as they had the issue of not requiring an FFL for shipping a gun. Another red flag is a gun or accessory that is too low in price. I saw a couple of those. And recently had an email from Walther arms warning about these 3 sites:

  1. WaltherArmsStore.com (FAKE)
  2. WatlherArmsShop.com (FAKE)
  3. WaltherArmsUSA.com (FAKE)

I think some of those have been taken down but one is still up and doesn’t seem to want an FFL to buy a gun. Unfortunately I didn’t save the other ones I found recently to post them here but if you have doubts about any online website just ask here or any of the gun forums to see if others have had issues or not with them.

I also noted the websites I am sure are fake seemed to all have a similar website layout. This one is still up: https://waltherarmsusa.com and is similar to what I saw on other sites. Another thing you can do is run the webites URL on who.is or at https://lookup.icann.org which can show when the website was created and other related info.

Earlier this year I bought a magazine for a gun from www.dpwfirearms.com which turned out to be a big problem. Nothing shipped, could not contact by email for phone. After calling the local sheriff in Eagle Mountain, Utah I found out from the very nice helpful sheriff that they were aware of this guy and he was screwing a lot of people. I know this guy had an FFL and when he finally contacted me after filing a claim with my credit card company he apologized saying he had been sick but based on what the sheriff said I think it was more than just that.

So be careful who you order from online. I suspect many of the fake websites are being run by unscrupulous people outside of the United States.

One other I found : https://bestgunssale.com which accepts ZelloPay, CashApp and PayPal (PayPal does not allow gun purchases) so this is one of the main reasons I’m sure it’s a scam site.

Zelle and cash app are red flags for bad sites
Megafirearmsusa is a fake money theft site,
The prices are too good to be true, they state they have guns in stock, that you should know are nowhere else In the galaxy, also the web activity is dead, no links work , only pictures and messaging,
If you search other sites, you will find Identical photos from other sites have been copied, Then they make contact, phone and want Zelle or some other, untraceable transfer method, (bitcoin)
Total loss of your payments, even might threaten the buyer after the take… Another test for you to try…order a hundred of the guns… site wont reference numbers in stock ! dead giveaway,
Dont give the crook your time a d money.
Signed, Retired armed guard, Mac :vulcan_salute:

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Any online store offering one of these payments is red flagged by me by default.

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If you cannot trace your money, you cannot expect return. There is no cancellation, no dispute.
Your money is gone forever.

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@ScottH:handshake:

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now you know :wink:

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