The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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June 16, 2012

Alert Dornsife merchant foils foreign scam attempt

SUNBURY — Don’t think targets of scam artists are just the innocents and the overly trusting. Even experienced business people can become victims.

Consider Jim and Marcia Rebuck, owners of J&M Traditional Archery Co., in Dornsife, for example.

“We are 64 and 66 years of age,” they wrote, “and have dealt in the business all our lives” but what happened to them recently has been “quite a learning experience.”

The most important thing they have learned is to get confirmation from a buyer before sending anything out the door.

The couple started their archery business in 1992 in Sunbury. They travel all over the Eastern and Northeastern United States for events.

Ten years ago Jim and a friend created a DVD on advanced arrow building that was distributed to archery catalogs. The companies from which the Rebucks purchase their supplies spread the word and the DVD went into distribution throughout the country and overseas.  

It wasn’t anything new, then, when Marcia received an email from someone wanting to purchase a case of the DVDs.

“I was asked to quote a case price and a shipping cost to send the case to China,” she said.

The person explained they “have people in the U.S.,” including company owners and CEOs.

Shipping alone was around $220. When she gave him the quote, he said the shipper she was using “doesn’t deliver to their area,” so instead, he’d have their own personal shipper — who has other stops to make in the U.S. — collect the case.

The Rebucks were to call for pickup when the shipment was ready.  

For more details, see Sunday’s edition of The Daily Item.

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