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    Just to give you guys that ship internationally a heads up. Over the past few months we've seen a new scam.
    We ship quite a few packages internationally.. 20-40 per week. You obviously have to be a little more diligent and use more common sense on detecting fraud. This new scam apparently involves a shipping address which is completely not valid, for example:

    dnouyoo 1
    Surbaiyaa, JAWTM
    60265, Hungary

    60265 is not a valid Hungarian postal code. A little bit of digging turns out that 60265 is an Indonesian postal code for a city called Surabaya.

    I think the scam is trying to bypass sellers that do not ship to Indonesia - which has a high incidence of fraud - and hope that the postal service will detect the address problem and automatically forward it from Hungary to Indonesia.

    For some reason JAWTM or some variant has been one of the big red flags. It might be "Jatim" or something similar, but the phonetics are always the same. I have no idea what it means, but whenever I see it on an international order I know it is fraud. This has happened to me about 15 times in the last 6 months.

    If you use one thing you can do is enable their Fraud Detection Screen, which is free for the Christmas quarter and after that is $10/month. You can enable several filters to notify you about potential fraud. I do not know if 3DCart supports it fully - they will have to allow orders to be manually approved or rejected if a fraud screen is triggered - but even if not you can set it to simply email you when an order comes through the triggers the screen.

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    Thank you for the heads up steven! I posted this to the blog and gave you credit.