I hate to see folks get scammed. But the whiskey boom, particularly the Bourbon boom, has given these thieves a new means of taking your hard-earned money.
You may notice a lot of random comments on social media whiskey posts (mainly Facebook and Instagram) that begin with "Bourbon Whiskey" or "I was surprised how affordable this was and how quickly they shipped..." and provide a link to someone's "store" usually with a promise that they have rare and allocated whiskeys at no mark-up. These are always new profiles to a group and new to the social media platform.
I'm not telling you how to spend your money, but you'd be better off buying some store's obscenely-priced Blanton's for $300 - at least you'll have a bottle of what you want in exchange for your money, versus sending some stranger $69.99 plus a small shipping fee for nothing (or a counterfeit) in return.
A few of these schmucks have posted in the comments on my own social media posts, and thankfully, I keep a close eye on things and remove them. But I see them in others, particularly Facebook Groups, that remain unmoderated.
Please do the whiskey community a favor, report those scammers and their profiles (If you see it in a Facebook Group, report it to the moderators only - no need to get a group shut down inadvertently). Place a 😄 reaction or something similar as a warning to others.
I know this is elementary, but if a deal is too good to be true, walk away. Cheers!
Whiskeyfellow encourages you to enjoy your whiskey as you see fit but begs you do so responsibly.