A GoFundMe Campaign has been launched to help bookseller Tom Phillips, proprietor of Books by the Sea in Centerville, who fell victim to an online credit card scam that stole thousands of dollars from his small business.
Phillips' business and the scam that enveloped it was covered Saturday by HyannisNews.com and was re-published with their permission on CCToday. See the related content link below for the original story.
The campaign was launched Saturday and has raised $1,560 from 31 donors as of 7:30 p.m. Sunday night.
Please consider helping this small business as it struggles with a credit card merchant system that has abandoned this retailer who apparently did everything by the book but was denied fraud protection by his credit card processor.
Campaign organizer Abegale Fernandes wrote the following on behalf of helping Books by the Sea:
Tom Phillips is the owner of Books by the Sea. His store specializes in all coastal things, including books, artists, and local authors . It is a place for readers, writers and art lovers. Tom was the victim of a online scam. He was scammed out of thousands of dollars. He has being working with the local authorities and FBI. But as of now the investigation is going no where, and Tom's store is on the edge of closing its doors. Tom has been an active participant in our community for decades. He has a passion for literature. His wife Joyce Phillip's dream was to own a book speciality store, that promoted local authors and catered to our unique community here on Cape Cod. Tom's wife Joyce phillips passed away in 2007. Tom continued to run the book store, in memory of his wife that passed and to continue their passion for for the business . Tom is a kind, generous man ! He would do anything to help anyone in need. It's our time to stand up for Tom and try to make this right. Please donate to help Books By the Sea stay open and make this right !