Atlantis International Cycling Gloves SCAM?

About one year ago, I received an email from a company called Atlantis International advertising some retro cycling gloves.
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The gloves looked pretty rad so I responded by saying I would like to get a couple of pairs and do a review on them. The general implication here is that they would send me gloves for free, and in return, they would get an online review. However, they sent me a response saying I would have to pay a fee of $35 to receive the gloves. Not in love with the gloves enough to throw money at them, I respectfully declined the offer and left it at that.

Until…

Screen Shot 2018-02-25 at 7.09.44 PMThey made contact again the other day. Keep in mind that their initial email was sent nearly 1 year ago. Pretty persistent I must say.  I made contact again to see what kind of answer I would get. I told them I would like to try a couple of samples so I can post a blog about them. Here’s the response I got:
Screen Shot 2018-02-25 at 7.12.49 PMThere are two major red flags in this email. First, the grammar isn’t even close to being proper. This isn’t always a dead giveaway, but it’s certainly questionable. The second red flag is the mention of Western Union Bank. Scammers often use Western Union as it’s easy for them to obtain money transfers without being caught.

They ended up sending me their Western Union Bank info.
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Another thing I noticed is that on their public website, they list “Follow Us” icons for social media apps but none of the logos are active links.
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I’m not sure if anyone else has received an email similar to this. I searched Google and couldn’t find any threads on it. It seems like a scam to me so I thought it was worth sharing. My plan now is to continue wasting their time and hopefully annoy the hell out of them.

Let me know if you have received any cycling-related scams so we can get this information out there.

2 thoughts on “Atlantis International Cycling Gloves SCAM?

  1. I just received an email from them today as well. I run a cycling channel on YouTube and no one just sends stuff without requesting a review. So I ran a search on google and found your write up. I decide to waste their time too and sent our standard agreement for review which includes a fee if they want a review.

    They should get the message.

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