Whistleblower has warning when it comes to buying things through Facebook groups


FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live)- Be careful what you buy on Facebook because you might never get it. That’s the case so far for a Whistleblower who tells us hes been waiting months for something he was told he would get by Father’s Day.

Michael Schmaltz thought he found the perfect Father’s Day gift over Facebook, two cornhole boards that he could have customized to resemble his two favorite teams.

“I’m a fan of the Bison, always have been but I’m also a fan of the Sioux,” says Area man, Michael Schmaltz.

He liked what he saw so he reached out to the man selling them on one of those Facebook pages.

Everything was sailing smoothly so Schmaltz forked up about $250 over PayPal. The man told him he didn’t take cash so Schmaltz asked for a receipt.

“I don’t know if was Father’s Day this year or next year but I have not received them yet,” says Schmaltz.

But now, nearly four months later, Schmaltz still doesn’t have his boards and says he hasn’t got a dime back. He tells us he has been messaging the man who was selling them but tells us he kept getting excuses.

“He told me it was his girlfriend’s fault but that my boards were done,” says Schmaltz.

We also talked with that man and were given a similar response. He also told us he thought Schmaltz and other customers were reimbursed. But Schmaltz says that wasn’t the case for him.

Earlier today, he told us he was planning on filing a police report and possibly taking this to court but then something changed. After we started investigating and talked with this man over Facebook, he told Schmaltz he can give him the boards on Sunday.

But in the meantime, Schmaltz is still going to be wary about what he buys on Facebook going forward and he wants you to do the same.

“Don’t buy nothing on social media, odds are you’re going to get burnt,” says Schmaltz.

Now, there is a way to get a refund though PayPal. According to its website, you have 180 days from the transaction date to get a refund. PayPal will credit the original transaction fee within that time frame. The man who sold Schmaltz tells us he must have revoked the PayPal claim for a refund.

Also we’ll be checking in on Sunday to make sure Schmaltz gets his boards.





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