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Instagram Brand Ambassador SCAMS To Look Out For

Fake Instagram Boutiques are making millions of dollars off of Brand Ambassador scams. There are key factors to look out for, so you won’t be the next victim.

 

The Brand Will Post a Comment Under Your Pic

You take a cute pic and post it on Instagram for everyone to see. You write the hashtags in your caption and within a day, you are flooded with numerous Instagram brand comments. The comments are always about how they love your style and that you should DM them if you want to be either a brand ambassador or do some type of collaboration.

 

Perhaps you fall for it because you have never heard of a brand ambassador scam. Unfortunately, you have just become their next victim.

The comments always look similar to this and they almost always ask YOU to reach out to them for more information. A brand that wants to work with you will not ask you to reach out to them. They will reach out to you and most of the time it’s by email, but never by comments.

 

Now, if you look at the profile that posted the comment, they are always different accounts. If a brand wants to work with you, they will personally reach out to you, but it will never be through a second account.

 

The Brand offers EMPTY Perks

You DM the brand and they tell you about all the “lovely” perks you will receive as a brand ambassador. The catch is, you have to pay a small handling fee to receive your free products or use a discount code and pay the rest.

The brand usually drowns this out by listing ALL the perks you will receive. You get so distracted by the perks, that the shipping costs don’t even seem like an issue anymore.

Now most of the time the merchandise is listed at such a high price, on their website, so you think the merchandise is high end or expensive, but it’s not. All of the perks listed, the merchandise prices, and the shipping cost are all THE SCAM. You are actually paying more for shipping than the actual value of the product.

 

An IN DEPTH example of a couple SCAMS

 

Crescent Treasures

Crescent Treasures is an online boutique that “appears” to be high end. It has a very clean looking website and the product pictures look professionally done.

The jewelry is incredibly pricey and any person who is not familiar with these scams would easily fall for a scam like this. They look like a legit company.

They have this beautiful bracelet listed on their site for $70.31 USD which is crazy expensive for a bracelet. Unfortunately, this bracelet is not even worth half this price.

 

What is Ali Express

Ali Express is an online retailer where you can find various merchandise for a very cheap price. A lot of companies order from Ali Express in bulk and then apply their logo to the products. This “Anita” Bracelet is on Ali Express for $1-$7 dollars depending on the type of design you want.

Crescent Treasures is literally marking their jewelry for a way higher price than the bracelet is actually worth. You can literally find the same jewelry on Ali Express. When you receive a package from Crescent Treasures, the package says made in China. Coincidently, this is where the majority of the vendors and factories are located where these products are made. A huge red flag is if the products take almost a month to get to you or you don’t even receive it. They don’t even send a tracking number.

 

Chic NYC Runway

Chic NYC Runway is another brand who is a little more advanced in their scamming. This brand reaches out with lengthy emails that look very professional and legit.

Now, this scam is trickier because the emails look so professional and they even add names of top designers to make it seem like they are a big deal. This scam uses FOMO (fear of missing out) as their scamming tactic to make you think that you would be missing out on a “BIG” opportunity.

Fortunately, this is an easy scam to spot because the perks look very similar to the previous one.

They even go as far as sending you a follow-up email if they don’t get a response. A lot of people have been scammed by this company and if you look on Google, you will find numerous videos about this brand.

This is another website that looks pretty clean and professional, but their basic tees are incredibly over-priced. You can literally go on Ali Express and buy this same shirt or similar ones for $1-$3 dollars and slap a logo on it. This is such an obvious scam.

This is an example of a basic tee that someone put a logo on.

What to expect from an actual brand deal

An actual brand will not ask you to pay any money to advertise their products. They either give you free products or pay you money through a brand deal. It will also be easy to find information about the company and the founder. There will also be a lot of reviews or testimonials on the products.

 

These fraudulent brands are scamming small influencers and Instagram users out of millions of dollars and every single person who they give a shoutout to on their pages have been scammed. Unfortunately, some don’t even know that they were scammed.

 

Today, the world is full of online scams, but they are pretty easy to spot once you know what you are looking for. Keep these tips in mind when dealing with brands.

 

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153 Comments

  1. 1.3.21
    Annie LM said:

    Girl thank you! You saved my time and money!

    • 1.4.21
      Desiree said:

      LOL! No problem girl. Just don’t want anyone being hassled.

    • 9.6.21
      Jane said:

      Thankyou for saving me $$$$$$$!!!!!

    • 9.14.21

      Just saved me from being scammed. Thank you for this article.

      • 9.14.21
        Desiree said:

        you’re so welcome!

    • 10.4.21

      I believe that you saved me from falling into a jewelry scam… 🤔😔🙏

  2. 1.12.21
    Ramya said:

    I got same comment from Crescent Treasures. So I googled and I found your explanation here! Thank you so much.

    • 1.13.21
      Desiree said:

      Of course! You’re welcome. I’m glad you found my post before proceeding with them.

      • 2.16.21
        Mel said:

        Crescent treasures dm’d me so I sent them a link to this post & blocked em 😂

        • 2.17.21
          Desiree said:

          Haha! Yasss…the type of savagery I can get behind.

        • 3.29.21
          Natalie Medrano said:

          Hello Desiree,

          Thank you so much for writing this article and being very precise with the examples on how all the different scams work.
          I was actually contacted for an ambassador position for Mariz Jewelry on Instagram and after looking into more reviews and further information about them, I found your blog! This was extremely helpful to me and now I can share this knowledge and educate my friends as well!

          Thank you for your kindness and informative words! I am looking forward to catching up and reading more about all your super helpful suggestions!

          • 3.29.21
            Desiree said:

            Hello Natalie!

            Thank you so much for your kind words. I truly appreciate it. I am so glad I am able to help so many people avoid this scam. That’s thousands of dollars that won’t be put into their pockets.

            OMG! Another reader just posted a comment about the company you are referring to (marizjewelry). She was able to find their products on Ali express, as well, so yes that company is another one of those scams.

            I am just happy that you decided to do some research before going for it. Cudos to you for that.

          • 4.6.21
            Sara Ahmed said:

            Did Mariz end up being a scam? I was just contacted by them as well.

          • 4.6.21
            Desiree said:

            Hello! I have been told that it’s a scam, as well, and that people have received the same dms.

          • 4.23.21
            Rocío said:

            Are they a scam too?

          • 6.23.21

            Omg ME TOO! I told them I was too poor to pay for the shipping fee and if they are willing to send me some products I might promote LOL, but I won’t no worries! I was reached out by the manager although I only had 200++ followers haha

        • 6.8.21
          Jillian said:

          I said thanks but no thanks to scams and they replied back to me staring that it most definitely was not. LOL

          • 6.14.21
            Desiree said:

            Haha! They are definitely scammers. I’m glad that so many people are becoming aware of their scams.

      • 3.3.21

        I was literally about to ‘order my 4 FREE items’, when I Luckily came by your info! TG I hadn’t finished my order, but wish I could’ve found it earlier, as I have placed a few orders today & yesterday, with other companies wanting me to be their ‘Ambassador’! So, if I use these other brands, I won’t get paid? Ot is it that they’re just Super over-priced, that makes it a scam…I’d like to at least make some of my money back, like 350$, between 6 companies…got some great stuff, or so I thought…maybe some can be returned?

        • 3.6.21
          Desiree said:

          Wow! I’m so glad you found my post. Unfortunately, I don’t think you can get your money back. The scam is really the shipping and the over-priced items because majority of items cost anywhere from $1-$10 to make. So they are really over-pricing their items which is so wrong on so many levels. So they are getting a lot of their profit from the shipping and people buying these crazy over-priced items. I hope you can get your money back, but I’ve heard from a few people that they haven’t received their items after months or that they were never able to actually get their money back.

      • 9.16.21
        Kk said:

        Hi :)Did someone pay witch credit card?…

        • 9.16.21
          Kk said:

          **With ….. **

        • 9.16.21
          Desiree said:

          Yes, most people paid that way.

    • 2.26.21
      Lee said:

      Same goes for me. They neither commented on my posts but dm. I was looking up the location of the company but that’s just a house in the UK were normal people would life in.

      • 3.1.21
        Desiree said:

        That’s crazy! I’m glad you did some research and didn’t get scammed.

      • 10.6.21
        Jadea said:

        I was scammed by arceilia gemshop!! I wish I read this before. I am currently disputing the transaction with my bank.

    • 3.3.21
      Ashley John said:

      Same! Thank you for the heads up and informative article. Much love.

      • 3.6.21
        Desiree said:

        You’re very welcome. 🤗

        • 3.12.21
          Kenia said:

          Gracias por tu investigación, y por hacernos caer encuentra de la estafa a mi también me escribieron y todo es tal cual lo dice aquí

          • 3.12.21
            Desiree said:

            De nada! Me alegra que se haya enterado de la estafa y pueda ahorrar su dinero.

    • 6.25.21
      Lilly said:

      Same with me! I even had a little talk with them about their sustainable values. They told me that they “create ethical and sustainable jewelry” and that they “avoid harsh chemicals in jewelry making processes”. LOL it’s actually so sad what they do for money

      • 7.2.21
        Desiree said:

        OMG! They definitely don’t hold sustainable values. It’s so funny what some sham businesses will do for money.

  3. 1.16.21
    Neha said:

    Thank you so much for this information, saving us from scams 🙂

    • 1.17.21
      Desiree said:

      You’re most welcome hun!🤗

  4. 1.20.21
    Ani said:

    Thank you ma’am.It’s really hard for beginners like me to identify these scams.You saved my time and hard earned money

    • 1.20.21
      Desiree said:

      Of course love! Glad I could help.

      • 3.31.21
        Ashlee said:

        So if you do purchase from them do they just take your money from shipping? They don’t go into any sort of information or into your account to take more money? I paid through pay pal and am sketched out now even tho pay pal is legit I ordered from Mariz jewelry also

        • 4.1.21
          Desiree said:

          The only money they take from you is the shipping. They don’t continuously charge your account thankfully.

        • 7.11.21
          Alexandra said:

          Hi! How was Mariz products? I just been asked to be an ambassador and I do not know what to do.

          • 7.16.21
            Desiree said:

            If the messages look anything similar to the ones I have listed in my blog post, don’t go for it.

        • 9.28.21
          Anni said:

          Damn I orderd also from mariz, but she confirmed me my salary will be paid etc plus comission. I told her about a scam I’ve fallen for and she showed me Screenshots of girls thanking for the weekly salary… I try now to get through paypal my shipping fee back… the mariz offer sounded so good, paid collab for new ambassadors and comission

          • 9.28.21
            Desiree said:

            Unfortunately many people have gotten scammed by Mariz too. They tell you that you will be getting a commission, but you actually don’t because it’s not an actual company.

  5. 1.21.21
    Erich Küster said:

    Thank you a lot. The new copany is called now
    Herald Treasures, same procedure.

    • 1.21.21
      Desiree said:

      Oh wow! It’s crazy that they keep changing the name. You’re most welcome.

    • 10.4.21

      I was contacted by Crysusgems.com on Instagram, same procedure, you have to pay the shipping…🙄

  6. 1.22.21
    Lili said:

    Hi, first of all thank you so much for this information, I’m a new small influencer and the ‘crescent treasures’ just reach out to me just like you said. They told me I’ll get 4 free items and my own discount code. Their store claim to give ‘free shipping for all orders’ but they told me I need to pay the shipping fee for 36 euros!!! That’s totally expensive and I wouldn’t pay this amount of money to be an ‘ambassador’. Thank you so much for the information you helped me a lot

    • 1.22.21
      Desiree said:

      I’m so happy that you didn’t fall for the scam. It’s really sad how they are going around scamming small influencers, like us, out of so much money. There are so many people that have fallen victim to their scams and it’s horrible. Yes! You should never pay to be an ambassador of any company because if a company wants you to be an ambassador, they won’t charge you anything. They will give you the product for free or pay you. I’m glad I could help. You’re most welcome.

  7. 1.23.21
    Hanna said:

    Legit just got a message from ‘crescent treasures’ and was about to pay for the shipping but thought hmmm lemme just double check. Needless to say i’m so grateful I found this post!

    • 1.25.21
      Desiree said:

      I’m so glad you checked for more information and I’m so happy you found this post useful.

  8. 1.23.21
    Gabriela Permetei said:

    Hey thanks so much, I was just contacted by this company and was very skeptical regarding paying the shipping. Which in any case should be around 12€ not 30-35€!! So I tryed to find something on the company and your blog pupt up first!!!! So glad as I have no idea about this stuff. Thanks and keep up the good work 🙂

    • 1.25.21
      Desiree said:

      Yes! The shipping costs are absolutely ridiculous and I am so happy you spotted that red flag. High five to you. You’re very welcome!!!

  9. 1.23.21
    Manuela said:

    OMG thank you so much! I was going to accept this offer and actually pay the shipping but I decided to get some information first.

    • 1.25.21
      Desiree said:

      You’re welcome love. I’m so happy you seeked more info.

  10. 1.24.21
    roy said:

    no pense llegar a encontrar informacion que me fuera a servir sobre este tema, en verdad estoy muy agadecido con tu gran aporte de informacion. Justo hoy me enviaron mensaje de esa pagina de joyeria y se veia sospechosa pero real por el hecho de que otras personas ya eran embajadores. muchisimas gracias!! Espero que puedas seguir blindando informacion de este tema

    • 1.25.21
      Desiree said:

      Estoy muy contento de que haya encontrado útil mi información y de que no haya caído en su estafa. No hablo español, así que utilicé el traductor de Google para responder.

  11. 1.25.21
    Amy said:

    Thank you for doing what you do best. May God bless you for sharing your story. My friend got all of the above info. that you mentioned. Thank you, thank you again for being a scam stopper. Don’t stop please!

    • 1.25.21
      Desiree said:

      Aww OMG! Thank You so much for this very sweet comment. I am so glad that you found this information and that your friend didn’t get scammed. I will be making more posts like this in the near future.

  12. 1.30.21
    Yvonne said:

    wow, thanks for the heads up Desiree, also got a message from them asking me to be an ambassador for 4 free items and a shipping fee! phew. Thanks for saving me from this scammers.

    • 2.1.21
      Desiree said:

      Yes of course girl! These companies are the worst. Glad you didn’t get scammed.

  13. 2.2.21
    Anonymous said:

    Hi,

    too late! So I ended up sending a shipping fee to Heralds Treasures. It’s been about two days and I sent them a message regarding the tracking #. They’re saying it’ll take them 4-7 days for a tracking # due to high volume. I told them to cancel it and now she responded by saying that I can cancel it in 60 days.
    Now my question is, would I actually be able to get my money somehow? Is it possible to get a refund?

    TIA.

    • 2.4.21
      Desiree said:

      Aww I’m sorry girl. I honestly don’t think they will give you a refund at this point. When it happened to me, I just counted it as a loss. 60 days is a ridiculous amount of time to cancel an order and usually when you make an online purchase, you get your tracking number immediately. That was my first red flag. I never received a tracking number. Not even after I asked for one.

  14. 2.9.21
    Sara said:

    Hiya, I just got a dm from ‘crescent treasures’ saying I can get 3 items for free and all I need to do is put my details in. I’m looking at these comments and reading your blog about it and now its making me free unsure because with my situation my basket is coming up with £0.00 with three items in my basket with the discount code they gave me. But i still need to put my payment details in which is putting me off.

    • 2.10.21
      Desiree said:

      I honestly wouldn’t go for it. You might be charged shipping after which wouldn’t be good. I would proceed with caution.

  15. 2.10.21
    Brea said:

    Girl they just dm’d me this morning! Thank you!!

    • 2.10.21
      Desiree said:

      No problem girl. Anytime!

  16. 2.11.21
    fi said:

    Crescent treasure dm me too saying 4 items free gave me the same long message their insta looked fake and their pics had one like each but the website does look very legit glad I looked it up thank you for this

    • 2.13.21
      Desiree said:

      I’m so glad you didn’t fall for it. Yeah the huge amount of followers and a few likes on each pic is a big red flag.

  17. 2.12.21
    Lydia said:

    Thanks, I got the same Dm on my IG account and I googled and found your explanation thank u so much for this

    • 2.13.21
      Desiree said:

      Of course girl! Glad I could help.

  18. 2.23.21
    Lindze' Jade said:

    Wow! I was just about to purchase from cescenttreasures, Thank You so much!

    • 2.23.21
      Desiree said:

      You’re so welcome.

  19. 2.28.21
    Marjo said:

    Well im fucking dumb i payd the shipping and just now looked what is this company🤦‍♀️ are they gonna take money now on my bankaccount or what do i have to do now

    • 3.1.21
      Desiree said:

      Unfortunately, your money is probably gone, sorry to say. you’re not dumb girl, they are really good scams and they got a lot of people. At least, now you know and won’t make that same mistake in the future.

  20. 3.4.21
    Fernanda said:

    Omg Thank you so much.. they did the same to me, but i thought it was really strange hahaha thank you so much

    • 3.6.21
      Desiree said:

      Haha! No worries hun. I’m glad you know what’s up now, so it will never happen to you again.

  21. 3.8.21
    Simona said:

    Hi Desiree, thank you for this article it was so useful and it is the second featured link when you Google Cresent treasures.. so well done! 😀 Today, I received a comment and DM from the same brand but also from another about 20 similar brands/IG accounts… I was like, what the hell is going on which made me think all of them must be scams and all are so similar. I have been getting these before but not in such high volume. I have never purchased anything as I always thought I don’t need some unknown jewellery or clothes from the US… (I am based in the UK). So, I would only go for a collab if I know or actually already use the brand. But today I was thinking maybe I should go for it even if I get something for free only once… Luckily, as a PhD researcher, I do research on everything (literally) and you just saved my time and shipping money. Thanks! 🙂 btw. this should be investigated properly as I think it is unethical, illegal and starting to be extremely popular. 🙁

    • 3.10.21
      Desiree said:

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment.🤗 I have heard from quite a few people that they are now being bombarded with so many dms and comments from these scammy companies which is crazy. It seems they have upped the ante on their scams or it might just be bots they set up to comment or dm multiple people. Regardless, it is horrible and so unnecessary. Especially, for smaller influencers and bloggers who are actually trying to partner with actual brands. It also is taking people’s hard earned money which is disgusting in itself. Especially, during a pandemic. I am so glad that you decided to research before taking any further steps. Applause to you for doing that. I really hope that they get burned for scamming so many people. It definitely is walking that illegal line to me, but the sad part is it’s a smart scam and they probably made sure to create such a scam in a way where they can’t get sued. I hope that there is something done in the future to weed out these type of scampanies.

  22. 3.28.21
    Angie said:

    Thank you so much you saved me too.!!!!

    • 3.28.21
      Desiree said:

      You’re very welcome!

  23. 3.29.21
    Rosa said:

    ¡Thank you Desirée! you just saved my time, illusions, and 29€ of shipping money! and another company to the list: MARIZJEWELRY
    https://www.marizjewelry.com/.
    Be careful, It’s exactly the same, I investigated and saw their products also on Aliexpress. And the same, they offer you to be a brand ambassador, with 100% discount on their jewellery (€ 50 for something that costs € 3 on Aliexpress and without shipping costs) and discounts for you to share in publications and the opportunity to gain followers. You “only” pay the shipping cost, about 30€.

    • 3.29.21
      Desiree said:

      OMG! Thanks so much for providing another company. That will help so many people. I’m so glad you didn’t fall for the scam.

    • 9.25.21
      Ves said:

      Yes! I just got contacted by this company this morning. The red flags for me was the approach via a comment on my IG picture then the shipping fee drama, then their IG account looked weak but the website looked strong (didn’t match). However, finally the persistence of the fraudster turned me off and prompted my investigation. Thanks for the article!

  24. 3.31.21
    Daniela said:

    Hi Desiree,
    Thank you so much for writing about this. I’ve actually seen an ad first and reacted to it. And immediately when I did, new likes and some messages turned up on my account so 🚩🚩🚩
    That’s how I ended up on your page and I couldn’t be more grateful to have found it before I sent anyone anything.
    I owe you*

    • 4.1.21
      Desiree said:

      Awww you’re welcome hun!!! I just want to help. I’m so glad that you spotted the red flags and didn’t proceed with them until doing your research. That was a really smart move. 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

  25. 4.5.21
    ANDRESSA said:

    hi i’m from brazil, recently some these brands liquidate me and Heralds Treasures ended up convincing me to pay a fee. Now I found your blog that provides me not to fall for these scams thanks for your help

    • 4.5.21
      Desiree said:

      Aww I’m sorry that happened to you. I’m glad you found my blog. Now you know what to look for, so they won’t be able to scam you again.

  26. 4.6.21
    Sas said:

    Wish I found this article sooner than I just could’ve donated my money to charity instead of these scamming a-holes. A valuable lesson learned I guess. Now time to nail them to the wall.

    • 4.7.21
      Desiree said:

      Oh no! I’m sorry you got scammed, but on the positive side, you’ll never fall for something like that ever again. These scammers are literally the worst.

    • 4.22.21
      Cristal Silva said:

      I also fell for the scam, I never reply to messages like that. I am so upset. I understand how you’re feeling.

  27. 4.14.21
    Danielle said:

    This was so helpful! Thanks for sharing!

    • 4.15.21
      Desiree said:

      You’re very welcome!

  28. 4.22.21
    Cristal Silva said:

    I have fallen for the Mariz scam. I never replied to Instagram Messages about becoming an ambassador for a brand or whatever but today for some idiotic reason I replied and I actually did the whole thing, thinking it would help me. I don’t reply to messages and today I did and shot myself in the foot. I only came to your page hours after making that huge mistake.

    well… now I paid $27,95 for something I’ll never receive. I’m 30 years old how on earth did I fall for this?!

    Please ignore all “Brand deals” if a company wants you they will send you items for free.

    • 4.25.21
      Desiree said:

      Aww! I’m sorry you got scammed by them. Yes, I too fell for it, but thankfully we both know what these scammers are up to now. I’m just glad a lot of people are becoming aware of these types of scams.

  29. 4.23.21
    Alva said:

    Thank you for your post! Much appreciated

    • 4.25.21
      Desiree said:

      You’re quite welcome!

  30. 4.28.21
    lena said:

    one of these companies asked me to work for them and i thought it was legit 😭😭 i feel so bad, i spent days sending people the same messages to get them to place an order and only pay for the shipping i’m so dumb i feel horrible and lied to, i’m so sorry i should’ve done more research but i was really excited to get my first “job”

    • 4.28.21
      Desiree said:

      Aww it’s okay girl. You didn’t know. It’s good you are aware of these things now though.

  31. 4.29.21
    Julia said:

    Oh, I got so excited when they texted me…like finally someone noticed my account. Thank you for helping to spot things like that

    • 4.29.21
      Desiree said:

      Aww, you’ll get an actual brand deal one day girl. I’m glad you know what to look out for now.

  32. 4.30.21

    Thank you so much for making this article, they send me a dm late last night and it all looked legit until they said I had to pay 39 euros for shipping, and they said I had to do it right away to make the discount code work, so thank you so much!

    • 5.5.21
      Desiree said:

      You’re so welcome! I’m so glad you caught the red flags. 🙌🏾

  33. 5.6.21
    hermione said:

    i got a dm from crescent treasures earlier this week and responded out of curiosity, i kind of figured it’d be a scam but then it started seeming so legit. then i searched for reviews and your article came up i’m so glad i found this before doing anything.

    thanks for providing this important information so people can stay protected!!

    • 5.9.21
      Desiree said:

      I’m so glad you did your research and found my article. You’re very welcome!

  34. 5.7.21

    Hi! Today i got a similar DM but from Hermosa treaures! i googled and found your page! Thank you so much for warning u_u

    • 5.9.21
      Desiree said:

      You’re welcome hun!!!

  35. 5.25.21
    LaVidaTorres said:

    I got same comment from Crescent Treasures. So I googled and I found your explanation here! Thank you so much.

    • 5.27.21
      Desiree said:

      I’m glad you did. You’re welcome!

    • 9.28.21
      Anni said:

      Also marohh, marcel louis… I givie you heads up, stupid me fell for a few

      • 9.28.21
        Desiree said:

        Thank you for the heads up. I’ll be doing a post listing every fake brand mentioned in the comments.

  36. 5.31.21
    Marcemellow said:

    Oh my gosh, thank you so much for this!!! I make YouTube videos and recently got my first sponsor. Since then, my emails and DM’s have been flooded with offers. One being Miraz. Something felt off about it.. So I googled them and luckily found this! Another one I was recently DM’d by was Versus Enigma. I haven’t heard anything bad about them, but I’m still researching more before I waste my time and money. It’s crazy how people are okay with scamming others!

    • 6.8.21
      Desiree said:

      You’re quite welcome! Congratulations on your first sponsored deal. I haven’t heard about Versus, but if the messages look similar to how they look on my blog, I wouldn’t move forward with them.

  37. 5.31.21
    Jenny said:

    I’m sad that I haven’t seen this before I fell for another brand.

    Never enter into a cooperation with “Roosali”!

    • 6.8.21
      Desiree said:

      Aww I’m sorry you found this late, but at least you now know.

  38. 6.8.21
    Amy said:

    Hey Desiree,
    Thank you for this very useful post.
    I am too frugal to fall for these scams though. Lol.
    I get contacted a lot by these so called brands but immediately I see the 50% discount I ignore them.
    Although a few are legit. I have had a few who send money to my PayPal for me to purchase products, They are small time and just trying to get reviews on their Amazon stores.
    But I got contacted by Marizjewelry today, so I decided to do my research as usual and found your post.
    I definitely would not have paid the shipping cost, but I would have been dealing with severe FOMO. So thanks really. Big save.

    • 6.8.21
      Desiree said:

      Haha! Being frugal definitely has some great benefits. I’m glad you didn’t fall for it. Like you stated, if the company sends you money or sends completely free stuff, then they are most likely legit. It’s the 50% scammers that everyone needs to look out for.

  39. 7.1.21
    Sara said:

    I need help! I failed to do my research and ordered from:
    > Mariz Jewelry
    > Sway Vintage
    > Vetorya
    > Ernest Martheo

    From the comments above, I’ve gathered that Mariz is a scam. Can you help me with any of the others?

    Thank you!!

    • 7.2.21
      Desiree said:

      Hello there!

      I haven’t heard of the others (sway, vetorya, or Ernest math), but hopefully someone else in the comments will be able to respond to you and let you know whether those are scams too. If you received a similar message to the ones in my blog post, then it’s most likely a scam, as well.

  40. 7.15.21

    Thanks for the post Desiree! Saved me some research, but I also ended up writing about two other accounts (Madnecia, Vorillo) doing this so the more awareness the better.

    • 7.16.21
      Desiree said:

      Glad I could help. Thanks so much for bringing awareness to those other accounts.

  41. 7.29.21
    Clara said:

    I believe I was proposed a scam by this jewelery company. They’re called Wilmington jewellery London, watch out for them. There is NO information about them online, other than their website. Their products are SUPER expensive, a neckless is 300 plus euros. They say they’ll give you a free item (300 worth) and you only pay shipping, which, for me, it was 8 euros. I tried the code and it worked, I would only pay shipping. But the situation is so weird. That’s when I started googling, found nothing about them, only this site, which made me believe it was really a scam. Be careful, guys

    • 8.5.21
      Flynn said:

      I’ve just been contacted by Wilmington Jewellery too and luckily I came across this article first. Thank you for sharing this info Desiree. X

    • 8.7.21
      Jackie said:

      Any more update on Wilmington London. I was approached by them today??

    • 8.13.21
      Fiona said:

      They contacted me as well. They are called Wilmington London but they appear to only offer € prices, I checked the source code for their website too and their shopify account appears to be based in Andorra, as the country code is AD not GB as it would be if it was based in London and I couldn’t find any company registration number which is usually publicly available for UK companies. I’d say avoid Wilmington as best you can.

  42. 8.1.21
    Bee said:

    I have just paid 8€ for shipping for Wilmington Jewellery London 4 weeks ago. I wish I saw your post earlier. I knew it was to good to be true. Will definitely be ignoring these types of messages in the future.

    • 8.13.21
      Daphne said:

      Same here … I was stupid enough to believe it and paid the 8 euros shipping fees. I wish I looked further which I usually do. Aren’t you guys scared now that they have your address ?
      I sent them an email + tried their “contact us” chat thingy (I highly doubt they will ever answer).
      Not that I’m running after 8 euros but I don’t like knowing they know where I live you know ?

    • 9.19.21
      lili said:

      hello,the same thing happened to me ,i actually paid 8 euros for the fee of shipping,it has been more than a month , emailed them but never get a response and i also noticed that their website is not working anymore,so it’s clearly a scam.

  43. 8.4.21
    Jax said:

    Thanx for this. I was literally about to pay, when I decided to have a quick look see at the company. I came across this article and you mentioned Ail Express. The bracelet I was literally going to order was on there for $20 instead of the £73 (£45 ish after my discount, don’t know the $ amount)
    So thanx for the money save. Much love and gratitude xx

  44. 8.13.21
    Brittany said:

    So I randomly received 4 pieces of jewelry in the mail yesterday from Mariz Jewelry, odd thing is I don’t use Instagram and I never received a DM from this company or anything about being an “ambassador”. I literally have no clue who this company is, who ordered this jewelry, where it came from or why I received it. I’m searching all of my accounts, Etsy, Amazon, PayPal etc. for random orders – nothing! Finally, I find a transaction for $33 on a credit card I haven’t used since Feb from Mariz – So Weird, I’m filing a fraud dispute with my credit card right now!

    • 8.17.21
      Desiree said:

      OMG! That is the weirdest thing. That’s horrible and yes you definitely should file a fraud claim.

  45. 8.13.21
    Nora said:

    Hi,
    Thanks God i reach your site before make any move. i received same DM and almost to proceed. But thanks did some research and found you.. thanks you have save many people out there. Love X0X0

  46. 8.18.21
    Xenia said:

    Thank you so much! I was about to order 3 “free” jewelry pieces from chrysusgems with a 35€ shipping fee :/ Then I wanted to look for reviews and found your post :))

    • 8.18.21
      Desiree said:

      You’re so welcome!!!!

  47. 8.18.21
    Kyoungmin Kwak said:

    I got scammed from this company though the same way with others “Being an ambassador” … I realized this is weird after making order already.. I tried to contact with them to cancel my order, but what a slow they are..!! and they didn’t cancelled my order after all. I called my credit card company right away and told them about this situation and I cancelled the card and renew it. They told me they can’t get my money because credit information that I gave to them is already gone. So I save my money and totally been forgetting this situation. And maybe 3 weeks later, I got delivery from them. It’s totally the order that I make, and quality is so so.. but one of them is trash.. So If some of you already make a payment, don’t hesistate to call your credit company. They’ll help you so quickly. Okay, Now I got really “FREE” items from them, I’m gonna use these jewelry sometimes ..;)

  48. 8.27.21
    Ale said:

    WOW THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS!!! I was just accepting the Vorillo account with the $36 shipping fee.

  49. 8.30.21
    sphe said:

    thank you, actually really helpfull

  50. 8.31.21
    taylor conaler said:

    oohhhhmy goodness I’m so sad I found this after I paid $40 in shipping:((((( CT and Mazi also go under the name Vorillo :(((

  51. 8.31.21
    lili said:

    thanks for this post i got scammed from wellingonjewelry brand, i paid for the fee of shipping and i never got the product.

  52. 9.2.21

    I’ve received sooooooo many proposals like that, that is actually making me sad! because if I get a real proposal from a real brand I won’t even know it! 😢

  53. 9.9.21
    Ellen De Witte said:

    Thank you I just had this from “virillojenely” and was going to do it…
    What a shame..

  54. 9.10.21

    Hello Desiree, my daughter almost got scammed by thiis so called company. She too has an Instagram account and was hit up by them to be an Ambassador. They would have got her too if she would not have mentioned the amount they wanted for shipping. They told her she could get $120 worth of free jewelry but the shipping was $39.46. I told her no way should the shiipping be that much. I looked at their website (Lariall.com), there was no contact number, address or chat. There was definitely no way to contact or know who and where they were located. So I told her it had to be a scam and looked it up and the it has avery low internet score. She just started her Instagram account so she does not even have the followers for anyone to be interested have her promote there product anyway.

    • 9.10.21
      Desiree said:

      Hello Janet, I’m sorry that happened to your daughter, but I’m glad you caught that the shipping was too expensive. They go after everyone they can possibly find and send out a bot to comment on as many Instagram profiles as possible. They have made so much money off of the shipping price for so long. It’s truly sad and I’m glad that more people are becoming aware of this scam.

  55. 9.17.21

    Definitely a big salute and a great big thank you like I previously read on another comment you definitely saved me time and money cuz he had something 995 or 29.99 isn’t a lot for shipping but after you got a hundred people paying that $29.99 or 2995 yeah it’s a big win not with me it won’t be but I’m definitely willing to link out and collab with the real ones so get at me serious inquiries only and I check everything before I do anything trust me lol again thank you for your tips, Pros, and Cons. 💯💯🥇👑

    • 9.17.21
      Desiree said:

      Yes, the shipping doesn’t seem like a lot, but let’s say everyone in this comment section or who viewed this blog post paid for that shipping, they would make about 1.5 million on just shipping. It blows my mind. I’m glad you did your research though.

  56. 9.19.21
    Tiana said:

    You should add Arcelia Official ( https://arceliaofficial.com/ ) to your list of scamming websites. They do the same thing, send you a dm offering free jewelry and lots of other promises and you only pay their overpriced shipping. All of their jewelry is from AliExpress. Thank you so much for your blog.

    • 9.19.21
      Desiree said:

      I definitely will add them to the list. Thanks for the heads up. You’re so welcome. Thank you for visiting.

  57. 10.5.21
    Victoria said:

    I just received these kinds of dms just now! thank you for your article 🙂
    Received a dm from separate “manager” accounts of both arcelia.collections and crescentreasures, saying that we will have to pay approximately 10 to 38 pounds for shipping (ridiculous), to make sure that the ambassador was a ‘serious one’ as some of them do not contact them after they receive their items. Both of them offer future products to be completely free of any charges. kinda sus in my opinion

  58. 10.11.21
    Carla said:

    Is jarlessa a legit company?

  59. 10.14.21
    Estefania said:

    I got a lot of text from them and comments
    The only thing I do I contact the real real owner and send it to them

  60. 10.27.21

    Thank you SO MUCH for your blog and video about these scammers!
    I received that same message from VORILLO jewelry
    https://vorillo.com/
    Scammers.

    Be aware, ladies!

    Thanks again <3

    • 10.28.21
      Desiree said:

      You’re quite welcome. I’ll make sure to add that to the list.

  61. 7.16.21
    Desiree said:

    I’m glad that you did research and didn’t buy from those accounts.

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