What would you do if you paid $900 for a wig from an Instagram Influencer, it didn't arrive, they blocked you, and posted your personal address on their social media profiles?
A few days ago, I read an article about how this exact scenario happened to a young lady. This lady ordered a wig for $900 and never received the wig.
You can read the full article here. I don't know who the influencer is or who the lady is. I just so happened to come across this article over the weekend.
I've heard countless stories from people attending my events or sliding in my DM's to tell me about situations like this from other people. Unfortunately, according to the article, this is happening a lot more with wigs.
Because of the wig shortage and the insane price increase, people are looking for solutions but are getting scammed. That's why it's so important to have integrity when going into business.
Here are some things that you can do so you don't fall victim to a scammer.
1) Do your research. A simple google search can reveal a lot about a company or an individual. If something doesn't feel right, don't do it.
2) If you're purchasing through Instagram, read the comments; although comments can be deleted, sometimes they don't get deleted and can reveal a lot about the company or individual.
3) Communicate clearly. Often issues like the one in the article can happen because of lack of communication. You may have an expectation the individual you're doing business with doesn't know about. Make sure you're communicating clearly what the expectations are.
4) Pay attention to the payment methods they're asking for. If they only accept payment one way, run, you should have options when making payments.
Don't just jump in head first; take your time and know what you're getting into before there's an exchange of any funds.