Hover boards are definitely at the top of everyone’s wish list this Christmas, and lots of different companies are trying to make a buck off of them. Shoppers need to be extra careful this season though, as people just like Souja Boy all around the world are getting played by scammers.
The rapper sells the boards for $1,500 on his online store “Souljaboard.” Sonja was using Stripe to process payments, and now the site just redirects to his blog.
According to BuzzFeed, Soulja Boy’s Stripe account recently had a negative balance of nearly $175,000. Sonja Boy decided to write an email to Stripe stating:
“I need help, all the payments are fraud. And it sent my account to negative because they all say they weren’t authorized. please help in any way you can thanks. I don’t want to have to pay all this money because of frauds is there any way to reverse these payments and get my account to Good standing.”
The rapper is talking about chargebacks — credit card transactions that are disputed by the cardholder. Usually, the merchant is financially held accountable for the amount, and liable for fraudulent charges. From June 30 to Dec. 7, more than 75 percent
“of all orders associated with (Soulja Boy’s) account were disputed after the fact.”
Although Soulja Boy is one of the most high-profile hoverboard investors, his issue is not rare. According to BuzzFeed, IO Hawk, one of the most popular hoverboards companies in the U.S., has also been targeted by scammers. The company reportedly has a negative balance with Stripe totaling more than $900,000!!!!
“Orders for IO Hawk skyrocketed after a ‘Today’ show appearance in May 2015, and so too, according to the postmortem, did fraud.”
This is adding to the bad news of the boards as they’re starting to get banned everywhere and are causing safety concerns all around.