Etsy scam warning!

I’ve received an email via Etsy, asking to donate a piece of jewellery to a sick kid, to inspire him. I was considering doing that for a short while, but with a little help of my friends and Google search engine, it turned out to be a scam. The story of illness was taken from this article and only the names were changed.

For example, the email said:

In 2006, flu-like symptoms and bruising prompted my aunt to take him to a doctor, beginning a journey that brought the family to St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee.
Here, my cousin underwent treatment including a bone marrow transplant. John contracted an infection and was put into an induced coma for 19 days.
Through the grace of God, he came through that. But the coma took its toll.
John, who had always been active, could no longer walk. He was confined to a wheelchair and had to undergo extensive physical therapy. But slowly, John began to regain his strength. Seven months after being in the coma and with treatment completed,John returned home to rebuild his motor skills. For that, he turned back to his guitar. I would sit with him and listen to dead tunes and help him learn how to move his fingers and improve his motor skills.

while the article states:

In 2006, flu-like symptoms and bruising prompted Tommie’s parents to take him to a doctor, beginning a journey that brought the family to St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee.
Here, Tommie underwent treatment including a bone marrow transplant. Tommie contracted an infection and was put into an induced coma for 19 days.
“Through the grace of God, he came through that,” said his mother, Lisa. But the coma took its toll.
Tommie, who had always been active, could no longer walk. He was confined to a wheelchair and had to undergo extensive physical therapy. But slowly, Tommie began to regain his strength. Seven months after being in the coma and with treatment completed, Tommie returned home to rebuild his motor skills. For that, he turned to basketball.

So please, if you’re an Etsy seller don’t fall for that scam and let other people know.

2 Comments:

  1. thank you SO much for posting this. I just got the same message and googled a bit to see what would come up to legitimize it.

  2. I sell on Etsy, too, so thanks so much for this post!

    I ask this question everyday: what is wrong with people???? How awful to play on people’s sympathies and rip them off. And then when people really DO need help, we will question it. Grrrr

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