I came across a thread on Reddit that described a recent phenomenon in mlm guerilla marketing. How it works is a stranger will approach you while you’re shopping – Walmart, the grocery store, Home Depot, etc. They’ll strike up a conversation, maybe having to do with something you’re wearing, complementing your watch, your sunglasses, or t-shirt. Or they’ll approach you while you’re checking out the imported beers. They’ll seem really friendly, and eventually ask you for your cell number. Most people who get this far think they’ve made a new friend. The truth is, within a couple of hours, you’ll start getting text messages, offering a unique way to make money. Maybe selling vitamins, or some other mlm scheme.
This has popped up in the last month or two here in Northern Virginia. Lots of people replied to the topic saying that it had happened to them. I haven’t yet been approached, so I was wondering what the target demo of the people they’re approaching. It seems as though the choice of target has to do with the type of person doing the scam, where the scammer has a better chance of success approaching people similar to them.
Have you had this happen to you? Have you heard about or witnessed some other new con that the rest of us should know about? Share your story.