Online Cigars And Pipe Tobacco- How To Spot A Sales Scam

Mar 29, 2018

One dangerous thing with anything that goes trending in e-commerce is that it quickly becomes the scammers’ favorite target. While buying your cigarettes online may sound like a grand deal, always beware of trickster sellers who will not only rip you off but also land you in problems with the authorities.

So before rushing a seemingly good deal to completion, it’s wise to find out if your dealer is legit and legal. But for those who have never been victims, here’s what goes down.

How Scammers trick you

Scam “International companies” announce that they are selling low-priced cigarettes online. They design fake websites that look legitimate and include photos of renowned brand names with tobacco costing lesser than half the prices in the US or Canada.

And because they know they are presenting a “great deal” they place a cap on the number of boxes you can buy, say not less that 5 or 10 cartons. You may not have noticed any red flags up to now, but things get fishy when it’s time check-out. That’s when you notice the merchant doesn’t take credit cards and you’ll need to use a prepaid debit card or pay via wire.

Please don’t do it! The scammer will accept your cash, confirm your order but you’ll never receive your cigarettes.

How to spot internet sales scam:

It doesn’t take an FBI agent to spot a fake merchant; anyone can— as long as you know the tell-tale signs of potential fraud.

Here are some of the warnings that your cigarette seller is deceitful;

Just like we’ve been warned before; if their price is too low, think twice. Compare the offer with what other sites that sell the same product have to judge.

If the site asks you to wire money, then it isn’t legit. Pay only by credit card, don’t wire or use your prepaid debit card

You may also want to confirm if the seller has some valid contact info and of course, their social media presence. Check for a valid address and phone number in the website’s “contact us” details.

You can also use to check the domain name to confirm if the business is registered in within the country, in the region, it claims to be.

Is the website secure and authenticated? Always confirm for “https” and online seals that will make sure your credit card details are protected.


As Cybercrime escalates, web users should also be cautious about their browsing and buying habits. You need to be sure you are purchasing from a legal Online cigars and pipe tobacco Merchant account holder.

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Having a merchant account allows an account holder to take advantage of merchant cash advances. When a merchant is approved for an advance, the business agrees to receive a lump sum of cash in exchange for an agreed-upon percentage of future credit card sales.

Pricing varies depending on the merchant’s industry, past credit card processing history, the type of business seeking the account, average ticket sales, and average transaction volumes.

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Several factors influence a merchant’s risk level. Though only one factor likely will not get a merchant classified as high risk, a combination of these may: business size, location, and industry, credit score, credit card processing history, a industry’s reputation for excessive chargebacks, a prior history of high chargeback ratios, and whether a merchant exclusively sells online.

Virtual terminals are stationed on a merchant’s website, making it easy for customers to make a payment or purchase online. Merchants or a payment processor can easily set up virtual terminals, so online businesses can accept credit and debit card and e-check transactions.

A merchant account is a business account with an acquiring bank. Without this business account, which actually works more like a line of credit, a merchant cannot accept and process credit and debit card transactions. Businesses need a merchant account to accept major credit cards via a static point-of-sale terminal, mobile card reader, or through a virtual payment gateway.

After filling out EMB’s simple online application and submitting any necessary, requested documents, many merchants get approved within 24 and 48 hours.

EMB specializes in working with high-risk merchants. EMB works with many merchants, including but not limited to businesses in these industries: gambling and gaming, adult entertainment, nutraceuticals, vaping and e-cigarettes, electronics, tech support, travel, high-end furniture, weight loss programs, calling cards, e-books and software, and telecommunications.

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