WE had exactly the same experience with a man named Ken Waddell. I figured it out when he wanted us to pay the money for the shipping before we were even ready to ship. And when the shipping co was in Ghana, it seemed suspicious. I checked up on all the credit cards he was asking me to use and at least one was lost or stolen so we cedited the ones back we had charged out on and will not communicate with him again.
HAD THE SAME ISSUE!!!The customer was Ken Waddell and he was interested in a very large quantity of an item that I was going to special order for him. Also told me that I'd collect the shipping fee from him and then pay the shipping company. "TNA Shipping Co." I then tried to look up the shipping company to contact them directly because they quoted me a shipping price of almost $5,000 to Singapore. When I tried to look it up... this blog came up and I am SO THANKFUL.
Someone by the name of Rev. Robert Clark (who sometimes spelled his own "FAKE" name wrong in the emails) was requesting price quotes from our company - insisting on COD & his freight company picking up merchandise at our facility. This is a scam - claims he's with the Presbyterian Church of God in PA.
We have a party store which provides linen. We were contacted via email by Larry Bones wanting to purchase 450 pieces of linen. The quote on this is approximately $17,000. They wanted me to use TNA Shipping and the shipping address was UNICEF in Haiti. Their US address given was 10 Front Street, New Haven, CT. That US address is the same street address but different city and state as a previous scam complaint I am reading on this blog. This is definitely a scam!!
We had a similar scam with wayne johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org). We informed our credit card merchant account of these possibly fraudelant charges. Hopefully this helps anyone else out there!!
I was contacted by a man who initially called himself "Najim" then, during the course of our e-mails, started signing them Grey Wilkinson. Red Flag #1. He placed an order for 270 bars of soap to be shipped to Cairo using his preferred company Fast Cargo Express (email@example.com). The fact that I could find no such shipping company in the U.S. coupled with the hotmail e-mail address was red flag #2. Same scenario as most: contact company for shipping quote, would take credit card payment for order+shipping, Western Union shipping cost to bank account. Received e-mail from "Grey Wilkinson" (firstname.lastname@example.org) and shipping company both at 2:07pm, a highly unlikely coincidence. Red Flag #3. Finally told G. Wilkinson he would have to pay via Google checkout -- a third party site that would require him to enter credit information via a traceable i.p. address. He refused. I told him it was for my protection, he knew I was onto him, and I haven't heard from him since.
I just got the exact e-mail, but to use World Express Freight, who is ligit. The name contacting me is Scott Walter with the Deva Co. exact same address!
Thanks so much for the warning!