Younique Scammers – Sellers Beware

Younique Scammers - Sellers Beware

Younique Scammers – Sellers Beware

Normally it’s a case of “Buyer Beware”, but today my post is a cautionary tale for any online sellers. It’s about what I’ve learned to be a common phishing scam. This is a true story that happened to me as a Younique Presenter/Sponsor this week. What this is not is asking if Younique is a scam…If you’re searching for that sort of info, please read “Isn’t Younique Just a Horrible Pyramid Scheme” instead.  (PS: It’s up to nearly 150,000 views to date, and spoiler alert: No, it’s not…a scam).

Selling Online Scams

As I mentioned, this is my story as a Younique presenter, but it should also be noted, that it will be a relevant read for anyone in Direct Sales – regardless of the company. You might even say it’s relevant to anyone who sells anything online, such as on Craigslist, Ebay, Gumtree or anywhere transactions may happen.

Sellers beware.

When one of my first Californian recruits, Teri joined the A-team nearly two years ago, she mentioned she had a similar story. In her story, it was a mother wanting to buy some makeup for her daughter who was getting married. These scammers always seem to have a story to tell.

I had not known that until Teri explained what happened. (It’s happened to her more than once). In Teri’s case, it was a woman who didn’t have a credit card and so wanted to pay by check. Wait, hold on, I am getting ahead of myself…

First…

It Starts with An Email

Both Teri and myself had our first email through our respective company websites. My first message came in, and it simply said, “want to order”.

Younique Scam via My Younique Website

From the moment that I saw that brief, curt message, my spidey-senses were tingling. I immediately tried to test out the email a few places which showed nothing online.

Even though I was obviously dubious about it, you have to try to give people the benefit of the doubt. So I kindly wrote back to Mr Michael Cohen (michaelcohen99@gmail.com) with a very simple “How may I assist you?”

Younique scammer email

 You’ll see from his reply a detailed order that “Michael” wants to place. It’s a big one! Who wouldn’t love that order…? If only…

A big detailed order also seems to be par for the course with the scammers!

So I reply saying that Younique is done 100% online and gave my direct shopping link to buy the makeup there.

Of course “Michael” says he is skeptical about using his “credit card online or any other online form of payments” and thus wants to pay by check or money order.

I feel like writing back saying I am skeptical about him, but I don’t…

Younique Scammer - beware if it looks too good to be true...

The next red flag is when the person starts to use words effectively stating “I don’t want to pay online” (in some shape for form). That is where your suspicions, as an online seller, ought to be confirmed.

If you see that, run a mile, or at least be very, very careful going forward. OK?

Please note: Since joining Younique two years ago, I have met many people (strangers) in person who wanted to pay by cash. These were usually for the 3D lashes, which I always had in stock. More on that later…

So sometimes when a person doesn’t want to buy online it’s legit!

Back to Michael Cohen…

What’s also interesting, or even hilarious, is that not only can he not spell his last name right (OK, maybe that was just a typo?), but the mailing address he gives, is a fake one. (At least according to a map search pictured below).

Younique Scammer - look for the addressBut still, being a kind sort of person, or simply not gullible, I actually said that I have no way of taking checks or money orders. I gave him the link to find a local Younique presenter/sponsor.

So, if he is legit, and has real issues with shopping online, he can shop from someone local. Fair dues right?

Not surprisingly that was all I heard from Michael. Not even a “thank you” for my time!

My Advice for Selling Online

  • Proceed with caution always.
  • Don’t get excited when you see an order come in that way. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Do your homework – e.g. try to find as much as you can about the person.
  • Don’t accept checks or money orders – unless you know the person or can verify they are legit. If you do take those forms of payment, wait until they clear before you buy any products!
  • In this day and age there are plenty of ways to pay online – even through a “pre-paid” credit card. So the whole “I don’t want to pay online” is generally bogus!
  • Be very careful if anyone suggests meeting up in person. As I said, I have met many strangers. I am happy to deliver Younique makeup locally in Glasgow, and to accept cash. I always meet in a very public place. Like with online dating, I’d recommend somewhere like a tube/train station or coffee shop. Everyone I’ve met (a dozen or so) has been fabulous. So don’t worry about that! Just be safe! OK?

In Summary

If you find yourself in a situation whereby someone wants to transact with you, and making up excuses as to why they can’t pay online – proceed with caution. It won’t always be a scam but it very well could be. Do your due diligence. The same rules apply for any MLM company, on Craigslist, the trade websites, Gumtree or what have you. There are lots of scammers out there and I don’t want to see you caught out!

Update 1 Day Later:

After posting this post yesterday, I shared the link with my Secret Facebook Team group. I have now had another team mate, Charlotte, respond saying she’d just had one of these too. She has just messaged me the screenshot of hers.

 

Charlotte's Younique Scammer

I love how Flora puts her (alleged) USA phone number and says she wants to get products from Charlotte who is based in England. And the so-called Michael in Canada tries to order from a Scotland/Californian Younique presenter.

Duh.

So flora.an1717@gmail.com – 604-343-8019 – shame on you!

Name and Shame Online Scammers

Do we need to shame anyone else? By this I mean attempted scams taking place on any platform or with company. Let me know in the comments below. Let’s put an end to scammers. Naughty scamming people! Shame on the lot of them.

Thoughts on Trading on My 1-Year Phoenix Anniversary

One Year with Phoenix Trading

My 1-Year Phoenix Anniversary

My how time flies, when you’re having fun! This is just a post about my experience and simply some thoughts on my 1-Year Phoenix Anniversary. It’s actually a bit about direct sales in general too.

If you’re interested in joining Phoenix, you can also read my post on Why I Joined Phoenix  here.

It’s been a fairly interesting year as a Phoenix Trader. Like any business at all, there have been things I’ve liked and things I’ve not liked so much.

Here on Glatitude, I try to blog transparently as possible (without dissing either of my parent companies – Phoenix and Younique, of course).

Some Areas for Improvement

Phoenix Trading is and English company that is over twenty years old. It was started by three women who shared a vision of starting a home-based business selling a product that they loved—greeting cards!

Starting in the more traditional off-line tradition has meant that there were some areas in the digital sense that I found lacking when I joined Phoenix a year ago today.

I have only placed a handful of orders in the past year, and managed to have difficulties in 50% of them. Not good!

Sometimes I thought the order had gone through only to wake up and learn it hadn’t. One time, at the end of the month, it even meant my missing out on a bonus I was entitled to! (My dear upline actually ended up paying to me herself because she felt bad!)

Another thing that irked me was that the website wasn’t mobile-friendly. It was just generally a bit clunky in my opinion. Let me also point out I began building websites the same year they launched this business! 1995….So I do know a thing or two about websites, design and user experience…

I am pleased to report though that the website is now better optimised after its recent re-launch. Hooray!

Autoships & Memberships

I guess I’ve been a bit spoiled by Younique and its one time only join fee (where you get a huge stash of makeup in a Presenter kit)…and its free website, for life! Love that.

With Phoenix you have to both pay for a website (once) and pay for membership (annually). That just seems to be a dated method in my opinion…

Well as I say it’s not my preference, but also not such an ordeal that I wouldn’t consider renewing and it’s that time today….

Time to Renew My Phoenix Business

This morning I woke up to read an email from Phoenix reminding me that it’s time to renew as a “Trader”. When I joined, I made a pretty big blunder of a mistake and I signed up for the £200 pound joining package.

It meant I got loads of extra cards just in time for Christmas, but it was way, way, way surplus to my requirements to be sure.

Now though you can join for £75 or £35 – which is miles better in my opinion. Looking back I’d have opted to join for the middle one I suspect and I’d not have “lost money” on joining at the two hundred pound price point! My aforementioned upline did try to warn me but I was having none of it.

Todays Renewal Email

So the email today read:

Now is the time for you to renew your commitment to operate as a Phoenix Trader.

It is a simple process which involves you paying your annual renewal fee of £12.00 (UK), €14.40 (FR), $15.00 (AU) or $18.00 (NZ).

That’s fair enough. Those rates aren’t cost prohibitive so of course I’ll be renewing.

Plus, I already have an order to put through for my friend Cathie, a few people have said they’d like a few things, so that’s no problem.
Christmas is Coming - Now taking orders
It’s the start of the Christmas period and now somewhat exciting, it’s FREE shipping until the end of October so it’s a perfect time to shop!

Reach Out With Your Questions

If you would like to learn more about being a Phoenix Trader, please get in touch. You too can join as a trader – to either run it as a business or like me to buy at a discount for yourself, your family and your friends. You must be in the UK, France, Australia or New Zealand.

New Younique Eye Shadow Palette 5

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New Younique Eye Shadow Palette

“Get sultry and bold with pearl, shimmer, and prismatic eye shadows” I am so pleased to say that the new Younique Moodstruck Eye Shadow Palette number 5 has arrived this week! Guess what, it’s gorgeous!!

The colours are simply outstanding. They are so vibrant and eye catching it’s unreal. They go from whitey-silver (“Brilliant”), Golden (“Vindictive”), Copper (“Suspicious”), Orangey Rust (“Vintage”) a shimmery Reddish wine colour (“Sarcastic”), gorgeous Purple (“Fearless”) and darkish Lilac (“Victorious”). Well those are my descriptions you can see for yourself in the photo.

Because of my pale skin tones and perhaps my age I’ve not been too adventurous yet. I love the Brilliant and the Suspicious. I’ve not played about as much with the more bold shades but give me time I am sure I will.

Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette - Younique by Thea

Moodstruck Addiction Palettes

There are currently five Moodstruck Addiction Eye Shadow Palettes available to purchase. I honestly recommend any of the five (or at least the four I have. I’ve still to get number four). It depends on your eyeshadow colour preferences. You’re bound to like one of the sets.

My Eyeshadows of Choice

While I genuinely love all the Younique eye shadows (the Splurge Cream Eye Shadows, the Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powders too); if I am traveling around Scotland for work – I always bring a palette with me for the trip. They’re easy to carry and have so many options I can mix it up each day I am away!

So if you like your eye shadow palettes – and you’ve maybe tried Urban Decay or Mac – then I think you’d find the Younique Eye Shadow a pretty comparable choice. And don’t forget if you decide you don’t like the shades for yourself  you have the 14-day Love it Guarantee (and really even up to 90 days – read more about Younique’s satisfaction guarantee here).

New Phoenix Trading Website Launch

New Phoenix Trading Website - Thea's Cards

New Phoenix Trading Website Launch

So pleased to tell you that the New Phoenix Trading website has been launched! It’s a cleaner more simple, colourful look and it’s more mobile friendly to boot. That’s an essential thing in this day and age!

So if you need to buy any:
Thank You cards
Any kind of Birthday card
Engagement/Wedding/Anniversary cards
Christening/New Baby card
…or anything really – then please feel free to pop over to check out my site.

There really is something for everyone on this website – young, old, male or female – it’s a great place to find some gifts or simply the perfect card.

If you’re in Glasgow you can place an order with me or through the website direct. If you’re buying a few items, it’s always best to order direct and have it right to you. Cut out the middle gal!

Christmas Cards 2016 – My First Order!

Christmas is Coming - Now taking ordersI hate to use the C-word but Christmas is on its way again…Would you believe that today I had my first order for the 2016 Holidays. While it’s a bit too early to get into the Christmas spirit it’s never too early to stock up on some of those essentials. There is Christmas cards, wrap & ribbon, stickers, labels, stationery, advent calendars and more. Basically anything you could want this festive period – all in one place.

Love Greeting Cards and Stationery? Then Join Me

If you love greeting cards, stationery and so forth and you fancy running your own part or full time business then by all means feel free to Join My Team. It’s a very low initial outlay (choose from £200 or £75 or the newer option at just £35 – see the Joining Offers page for info).

Join my Phoenix Traders TeamI love being a Phoenix Trader because I love the freedom and the products. For the past year, I have only chosen to sell to family and friends, and I buy the products for myself at discount which is always a winner.

You can read more about why I joined Phoenix here, if you’re interested to hear my experience of being a Phoenix Trader for one year.

Or reach out to ask any questions you may have. Happy to chat to you about it all. Details will be below.

While I have to warn you, you won’t get rich being a trader, most likely, it’s a fun and flexible business with heaps of support from uplines. You can work it as little or as much as you want – which is always good.

Contact Me Today

Do you have questions? Email me speakwith (at) glatitude.co.uk or ring me on 0141 416 1492. You can join if you’re in the UK, France, Australia or New Zealand.

Glatitude Spotlight: Anna from My Cupcake Toppers

Buy Edible Branding - Meet Anna from My Cupcake ToppersMeet Anna from My Cupcake Toppers

This is a new feature  I’ve been toying with for a while now where I get to sort of interview people that I think are doing something great. It could be handmade gifts, yummy foods, simply cool companies or anything I come across that merits some exposure really…Today I’m writing to spotlight Anna from My Cupcake Toppers…

1) What’s your background (in business)?

My background is quite mixed – starting as a post woman (ed note: a mail carrier) after university, then moving into Hotels for 4 years. And prior to having children I worked as a Business Improvement Manager for a large property company. This involved compliance and quality assurance, internal service auditing including ISO 9001, 12001 and 15001, and project management.

2) How would you describe your business in a one sentence elevator pitch?

We turn your images into edible toppers for all occasions.

3) When did you launch your business?

I started selling cupcakes almost six and a half years ago, which then diversified into printed cake toppers almost four and a half years ago.

4) Why this business, now?

I started the cake business as something to do to stimulate my brain a bit when I was a stay at home mum and the girls were only 1 and 2 years old.  The topper business almost came about by chance, thinking I might just sell a few to keep the printer inks from drying up as I needed it for the cake business. 

It has proved much more successful than I could have dreamed, and is now a fully functioning business accounting for around 95% of annual turnover, rather than just something to do for a little extra cash, and to give my brain a little work.

5) Where do you operate? (E.g. Do you trade internationally?)

We sell all over the world – basically to anyone that finds our website.  The vast majority of our customers are in the UK. but we often ship to Australia, US, and all over Europe.

What advice do you have for someone starting up in business today?

Start small and don’t borrow money. Give Business Gateway a call as they have been an amazing support to us. And open yourself to ideas from other people – friends, families, social media – don’t take things personally.

My Cupcake Summary!

I chose to highlight Anna from My Cupcake Toppers – because I was so impressed with her and her business. Isybd log - soyouvebeendumped.comt is such a simple and novel idea which will appeal to such a broad range of customers – from mum’s for their kid’s parties, to corporates having any sort of function that requires some edible branding, to sports teams and even music lovers. Literally the only thing limiting is one’s imagination. I fancy some So You’ve Been Dumped logo cupcakes (for our 17th birthday perhaps) or even some Younique by Thea cupcakes would be cool…

Connect online with MCT:

Visit My Cupcake Toppers website, like the MCT Facebook Page or tweet them now.

17 New Younique Products – Autumn 2016

17 New Younique Products Launching

This month is an exciting time for cosmetic lovers who have been eagerly awaiting the launch of the 17 New Younique products!

Now not all of them are out so far, some will be coming over the next few weeks and months.

September Kudos, Catalog and Country

As it’s now September 2016, Younique is launching a brand new catalog and customer Kudos.

These product launches, new brochures and Kudos do keep things interesting for us Younique presenters.

Almost two years in on my Younique journey now and I still love it as much as I did.

But enough about me, let’s talk about these new products and their benefits.

Younique September Kudos - #Youniquebythea

Royalty Instant Lifting Serum

Younique Royalty Instantly Lifting Serum has has a facelift of its own. New packaging and they’ve rebranded it as an all over face and neck item, no longer just the eyes. This little beauty is our most expensive product but a little goes a very long way.

Benefits:.
Uplifting Serum it reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
It’s among the most versatile of the Younique products – you can put on your face, neck, heels or finger nails (cuticles). It’s a bit of a Wonder.

PS If you’re buying this month, as part of the September Kudos, you can earn Free Ycash credit which lasts for a year.

Face Mask

Also there is a new detoxing face mask which looks amazing. That’s one that truly interests me  Have not used one for a while but will use this one. My Younique Royalty Detoxifying Mask will be here tomorrow, and I can’t wait to give it a whirl. I’ll write about it soon.

Benefits:

  • Rejuvenate and reveal the natural beauty of your skin!
  • Made from bamboo charcoal, this mask absorbs toxins and impurities while reintroducing oxygen to your skin with a foaming, tingling sensation.
  • The gentle exfoliating properties remove dead skin cells, and tree oils and vitamins help nourish and condition skin.

New Liners

Since day one a fave line of Younique products has been the eye and lip liners so was pleased to see the launch of many more shades.

Benefits:
Water proof, Good for outlining and all over lips coverage too.

New catalog – the new Younique catalogue can be found here: UK |  US |

Here is the schedule of product releases.

New Younique Products 2016

As I say I can’t wait for my box to arrive tomorrow – featuring the Mask, the Serum, the new Happy Splurge Cream Eye Shadow and the Night Cream too! More about all that soon!