Shown here is a screenshot of a fake Home Depot and Milwaukee Tool free tool giveaway email.
There have been numerous scams reported on Reddit and elsewhere.
I recently heard about a new Makita Tool scam as well.
In response to my post on Makita scams and fake stores, Pete wrote:
E-mail said I had won Makita power drill from Ace hardware . Just pay shipping & handling. I did so with my debit card. Week later my bank paid out $39.48 to Convenience Technology (TEL# 8883043348 UT) So I called them. They told me I had purchased a possible chance to win some day . I said Oh no! They said they will cancel my subscription & bill me no more plus I get 20% refund. Joy. Just others beware ! Yes I reported this to ftc.gov
Always be suspicious of these types of emails.
Here’s another comment recently posted to my alert about Yeti cooler scams.
I just got an offer allegedly from Dicks Sporting Goods that if I completed a brief survey that I would receive a Yeti backpack cooler for free. I only had to pay the shipping cost. However, when I got to the shipping and billing page, they do not list the shipping cost before you place your order. That’s a major red flag, and I advise caution to anyone receiving a similar offer.
With few exceptions, legitimate giveaways and sweepstakes don’t require winners to pay any fees.
When has anyone won a giveaway they never entered? (While I have announced winners to spontaneous giveaways before, that’s different.)
Some of you might say “of course these are scams.” Perhaps, but people fall for them all the time.
I haven’t encountered these scams myself yet, have you?
How to Report Scams?
As soon as I learn about new scams, usually as soon as readers report them to me, I send relevant information to my contacts at tool brands.
There are also ways you can report scams and fake or imitation websites yourself:
How to Report Makita Scams:
If you have made a purchase or become aware of any similar fraud or scam [involving Makita USA products], please contact Daniel Rhodes, General Counsel at 800.462.5482, x4215 and report the fraud to your credit card company and/or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC): https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/