OD Collective Ambassador: How The Oriental Drift Scam Works
Our readers have been asking us about the existence of a so-called OD Collective Ambassador scam. It is also known as the Oriental Drift Scam. What is it? You may receive an Instagram message or email with an offer of becoming a brand ambassador for a ‘clothing company’. However, many reviews online tag this as the OD Collective scam.
Let’s take a look at what this scheme is about and create awareness, after receiving so many complaints.
The OD Collective (Oriental Drift) direct messages and emails that victims get are sent through online bots. The recipients are told that OD Collective likes their style, and the company wants to offer them the official title of “OD Collective ambassador” or the “Oriental Drift ambassador”. As the social media platforms – especially Instagram and Facebook – are full of people who truly believe are influencers, many fall victim to this instant gratification title. But let’s dig a little deeper.
The incentivizing part sounds great as a concept, but let’s see who you are doing it for. OD Collective has tons of negative reviews on specialty websites like TrustPilot. One of the 1-star ratings says that Oriental Drift scam lures you into believing that they have ‘free’ clothes for you, but you have to make a purchase first.
However, the purchase costs $70. “These items value $3 apiece on AliExpress or Taobao, and OD Collective is charging you $70. You pay because you think you are a brand ambassador. Most people don’t ever receive their items anyway”, says Dan Steele, a reviewer who was pulled into the scheme.
As Dan also said, we cannot put it any better – you are not an ambassador or an influencer. You’ve just been on the receiving end of a marketing trick, promoting something.
OD Collective Scam: How To Avoid
Many Instagram users fall for the OD Collective Ambassador scam because the market of ‘influencers’ is saturated by a younger audience. This group of people takes pride in showing off bogus titles while looking for validation, while vultures know exactly how to take advantage of the situation. Stay away from the Oriental Drift Scam!
The best approach for this is to avoid altogether, unless, of course, you are happy to pay a lot of money for things that cost 80% less. Meanwhile, be aware of other email scams and some common Amazon scams going around.
OD Collective: How To Report the Oriental Drift Scam
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