SCAM ALERT! Companies operating under a variety of names are advertising on Facebook, selling products online, and illegally using the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s turtle tracking maps as a perk to buyers. If you have been offered an STC tracked turtle by purchasing something from Club Ocean, Bela Wonder, Ocean Project.co (not to be confused with ‘The Ocean Project‘), Turtle’s Journey, Wildlife Team, Wildlife Mission, or Ocean Better, they have used Sea Turtle Conservancy’s turtle tracking information without their permission. Don’t be duped or support the scammers!
From time to time, The Ocean Foundation has also been confused with these scammers through both our name and/or through confusion with the name The Ocean Project, which is a fiscally hosted project of The Ocean Foundation. Neither The Ocean Foundation nor The Ocean Project have store pages and neither entity sells any items- including bracelets, stuffed animals, etc.
If you have been scammed, please do NOT email or call The Ocean Foundation or The Ocean Project if you haven’t received your order or if you have questions about your turtle. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do. Instead, we encourage you to report the activity of these companies to the Better Business Bureau, Shopify, and Facebook (contact information below).
How to report scam companies:
File a complaint with the Better Business Bureau: https://www.bbb.org/consumer-complaints/file-a-complaint/get-started
Report online shops to Shopify: https://help.shopify.com/en/questions#/contact/email
Report pages to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/help/355811251195044