Warning: Fake shipping company scam

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James Hackman sent an email requesting a quote for curtains that my business supplies at 11pm last night. These are special custom curtains used in medical facilities. He wanted to pay with credit card, but use his shipper. His shipper was the World Classic Shipping Co. This website looks legitimate, but no one ever answers the ONE phone number listed. There are no addresses listed. So, I questioned the shipping website. "Evelyn" emailed me with a quote of $1500 to ship to the goodwill street address in Arica, but said their policy was to have shipping paid by me. THIS IS NOT HOW IT WORKS WITH BUSINESSES! Shipper was having a hardship with credit card accounts and needed a money order from western union from me. Shipping was too much, Africa was questionable for this type of product, gmail account, etc. Joy lin foundation address brought me to this site. Thank you so much for continuing this blog and saving me thousands of dollars.
Here is one we received for our company: From: kent winchester Date:03/17/2014 1:03 PM (GMT-05:00) To: Jean Stephens Subject: Re: River Anchor Hello Thanks very much for mailing me back with the Total Quote and Am okay with the : $6750 . ...am sending this items to a business partner so i will recommend a freight company for the pick up of the items to (HAITI. . ). Now iwant you to contact them with the total weight and the dimension and find out the freight quote To HAITI. for me . The deliveryaddress is below : Contact Person Name: Mr Mark Johnson Freight Company EmailAddress :spottingshippingco@atlantisgoose.com Try and CC me a copy of what you will be sending to the freight company... Shipping Address Street AREA 126 Rue Faubert. City, PORT-AU-PRINCE Country, HAITI Postal/Zip Code,HT4322 And including the pick-up location and they will surely get you a freight quote .As soon as you here from them let me know so that i can proceed with the transaction . I will make full payment with my Credit Card. Best Wishes.
This "Kent Winchester" guy emailed our company too: Street Gudmundur Jonasson Travel City, Borgartun 34 , Country,ICELAND Postal/Zip Code,105 REYKJAVÍK And i want to recommend you to a shipping company that will be able to ship the packages to my client destination the shipping company email address is : greekshippingcompanies@hotmail.com . I want u to email themand find out wht it will take for the freight cost as soon as u haveit email me with the total and i will submit my credit card for u torun and have the materials shipped out asap.I will be expecting a reply from you. With Regard
Thanks for the quote.. But it is unfortunate to inform you that I have a emergency,(my wife Is In Label) i was on my way to Airport when i called You,I will be on the next available flight to Germany but To be honest with You I won't be back till further notice.Meanwhile As i told Before this Order is Going to be delivered to My New Orphanage School in Ghana ,West-Africa So I would like you to contact the Freight Company with the approximate weight,Size of the Mailboxes and your Pick up address Where they will be coming to Pick Up Mailboxes and get me the freight charges, below is the delivering Address:
Hi, I have another shipping company to add to the list. I was contacted by "Jerry Sterner" and he paid in the $9,400 bill with credit card then TOLD me to contact his shipping company via email to pay them via bank wire transfer or Money Gram. When I tried to find this shipping company, I found this article. Thanks for posting. See below. Tenish Shipping Co LtdDear Customer, Thank you for contacting Tenish Shipping Co.Ltd,before we arrange collection of this consignment,Send payment via Money Gram to our manager at that location to the address below:Tourey Rufai AhmedBlk 14Accra-Ghana00233You need to go to the Money Gram with the cash of the shipping funds and the address below specified to send payment through Before we come and pick it up you have to e-mail us with the Money Gram transfer receipt information which shows:1.Senders full name2,control number 8 digits3, Secret Question and Answer.All the above information's are on the receipt and the question and answer will come from you which can be any question and answer as you choose.As soon as we receive payment we will let u know and E-mail you with the receipt, which contains the shipment tracking number and the time for the pick up and shipment and before we can provide that we need to get a payment confirmation details requested above and don't hesitate to contact us if youneed any more assistanceMr.Samuel Hagan(Customer Services).tenishshipping@secretary.net
We were done. He claimed to be English!! Dr Robert Mills. The freight company they used was "Express Way Shipping Comapny". They are getting more cunning with phone calls every day to different sales staff, accounts people customers service. The buggers intiminate staff by threatening to take the business elsewhere when we suggesting payment methods appart from cash payment via Western Union. The Police and Banks do not investigate overseas fraud. In fact the person rang me whilst I had the Police in our office investigating but they have no interest. I asked the Police man if he wanted to talk to the guy! I introduced him as our logistics manager!!! He declined. I am just playing the game now and leading Mr Robert Mills on keep saying we will pay more and he just keep ringing day in and day out. Hopefully this distracts him from getting some other poor victum.Our solution never pay cash for services, and never accept credit card payment from overseas. What gets me is the back does not even check the name on the card when verifing! All the cheack is the card number and teh expiry and if there is clear funds it is approved. Think a quick name check could not hurt.Anyway look back the scam is that obvious and has so many reg flaggs we feel stupid for being caught and cannot blame the bank!!
We recieved a relay call at our pizza place they wanted 120 pizzas plus 950 for their shipper agent. I played along and got a cc number and called my credit card company and they gave me a number to call so I called Citi and they let me talk to the real owner of the card and of course he did not order the pizzas or need money for his shipper agent. I have since emailed the scammer cjenna01@yahoo.com and told them the card was declined and I need another. Hopefully they will send another card number and I can prevent someone else from being scammed.
Here is another scammer.Hello ,I will like to order the Units ( 10 pieces 2010 Dual machine $4,500 ) .. And i will recommend a freight company for the pick up of the Units to to my Company in ( Sweden ) . Now i want to you to contact them with the total weight of the Units and find out the freight quote to Sweden for me . The delivery address is below :John Ams S.O.S Home# Ridmansgatan 42Stockholm, SWEDEN 114 99Freight company email address : modexcargofreight@gmail.comAnd including the pick-up location and they will surely get you a freight quote .As soon as you her from them let me know so that i can proceed with transactionBest RegardsJohn Ams(owner) johnams11@yahoo.com
Thaks to this blog we were able to divert the scheme. Here is what we received.Thanks you very much for the time and support in regards to the pricing.I will like to proceed on with the payment of the order and i will like you to first of all get the freight charges for the order.I am sending the order to Continental Church Orphanage home oversea and by Air.I want to recommend a shipping company which i want you to contact with the order information and get the freight charges.As soon as you get that information from them,Kindly email me back with the total cost of the order with the shipping charges so that i can make the full payment for both the order with the shipping to you.Below is the contact details for the shipping company and the delivery address.They require the delivery and pickup address for them to be able to provide a quote. Contact Details for the Recommended Shipping Company 1.Carriers Name : Smart Express Shipping Company2.Contact Name : Mr Mike Olson 3. Email Address: smartexpressco@live.com Information Needed to Provide Freight Charges1. Full pick up location address2.Size and quantity/weight of the order to be picked up3. Shipping Or Delivery address Below is the delivery or shipping address to were the order will be shipped. Sister Margret Asante,c/o Continental Church Orphanage Home,673 Ring Road,Accra Ghana 00233,West Africa. I will like you to kindly go a heard and contact the shipping company with the needed information and get me the freight charges and as soon as that is received get back to me with the totals for us to proceed with the payment as soon as possible best regards.Jay Maxwell
Thank you very much for this blog, I suspected it was a scam but I wanted to be sure by second message. This is what we got:=====================================Hello Antonello,Thanks for the response. Our retails store name is Gordan Mark Inc we are located in Darling Harbour, N.S.W. 2000, Australia. We do not have a website yet and we only sell domestic. Below are the items list needed.Shipping Address.........Name of Company: --- Gordan Mark IncShop 320, Harbourside, Darling Harbour,N.S.W. 2000, AustraliaConcerning the shipment, the likes of UPS, DHL and others always don't take care of the charges down here. Charges like handling, customs and duties etc. We have experienced such situation before and we don't want to experience such a thing again. We will be glad if you contact this shipper Mindex Express Freight for the shipping quote. Here is there email address( mindex_express@hotmail.com Or mindex_express@rocketmail.com ), Note that we can't deal with the shipper but they always deal with the company where they will be doing the pick up in other to reduce the customs duties and other charges down here in Australia. By indicating in the paper works that the payment was received by the shipper from the point of purchase, it will reduce the charges and if we(owner of the goods) wanted to pay for the custom duties and other charges, at times it is more than the whole package amount. We do trust MDE and if we didn't wouldn't have ask you to contact them in the first place. They are very reliable and fast. They will take care of everything including handling, customs and duties,Tax, insurance etc. Always send us the copy of email you send to them. We will be looking forward to see the total cost of the order with the shipping quote from MDE so that we can send you the credit card details for the payment Hope to see your mail soon.Thank youJeff=====================================
I am so glad to find this site!! I work at a furniture store in Santa Fe, NM. I have been working with "Wayne Johnson" via email for a week or so. I quoted him a price (a LOT of money) for ten conference room tables shipping to Bowell Corporation in Singapore via TNA Freight. Thank you so much for saving us a lot of money and headache!!
I work at a restaurant in Wisconsin. A request came in via relay operator for food to be shipped to Chicago, IL; the order to be paid with a credit card; and for us to send a money order to a New York shipping compnay. It seemed unusual and after finding this blog, we will not be doing business with this party. Thank you for helping us avoid a scam!
Thank you for this blog! I googled the name 'Michael Daly' upon the first email I received, but only turned up that there was a Michael Daly 'alternative health therapy' business in Queensland which corresponded with where he said he was from. The emails were very sophisticated (no spelling errors), although brief, but I have had honest customers who are brief before... It was when I received the email regarding using their shipping company in Singapore that I googled the shipping company and came across your blog! thankyou! I am in the contemporary jewellery business. Below is the email I received re: shipping: Thank you for your email, I will like to recommend you to MoboShipping Company for the shipping of the unit to my branch inSingapore and i will like you to email them with the total weight ofthe unit together with the pick up and delivery address , So that theycan get you the shipping cost. below is my branch address:Maersk Inc896 Dunearn Road,#04-06B Sime Darby CenterSingapore 589472 SingaporeThe contact email to Mobo Shipping Company ismslaf_shipping_co@live.com and i will like you to go ahead and contactthem now, so that i can provide you with my credit card for you tobill it for the total amount of the unit together with the shippingcost.Best Regards.MichaelSent from my iPhone
Thanks for the blog section, and yes ol Wayne Johnson is still up to his old tricks. Tried to get us for $18,366, but I smelled fish. When I told wayne what I found out about him the phone went dead. GO FIGURE. To bad visa and mastercard doesn't care enough to go after people like this.
He just tried to buy some cheese from me so seems to be spreading his wings, text follows to help prevent other 'less aware' suppliers falling into the trap, I will also notify trade associationsHi ThereI am Darren Luke and would like to make an order of cheese.I would like you to send me your price list on the Cheese and also advise if you accept credit card payment.Darren Luke389 Edgeware road,NW2 6 LHLondon0703 182 3132
Just got this today 3/2/10 - To the Owner, My name is Ricky Smith.I am with the Presbyterian Church of God and i will like to order Water Filters.below is the Water Filters i want:50 gallons per a day reverse osmosis systems8 pieces of 5 Stage R.O.8 pieces of Reverse Osmosis 38 pieces of Reverse Osmosis with pump & UV lightKindly email me with a pick up price for each size without shipping.After i have received the total quote i will send you the contact details of the shipping company i will be using so that you will contact them and get me the shipping charges and i will make the full payment for the Water Filters and shipping to you.i will like to know the price excluding shipping.WHAT TYPE OF CREDIT CARD DO YOU ACCEPT? .Kindly respond to me as soon as possible for us to proceed further with the order.Thank You,Rev Ricky.Email Address: ricky.smith2g0@gmail.com
We received an order this week from Rev. Ricky Smith as well. It was the exact same email, except he was asking for stickers.We replied with a cost, and he gave us a contact from a shipping company, but I checked the company's website and the email address didn't correspond with the other addresses on the site. This prompted us to do a little research and we found this site. Glad we didn't go through with it!
Also, this is the information he gave us:Company Name: Dolphin Shipping AgencyContact Name: Mr. Patrick KorangContact Email Address: dolphinshippingagency@live.comShipping Address: Villa Tomang Baru A1/32-33,Kuta Bumi - Tangerang, Banten,Indonesia
I got a suspicious email from wayne.johnson65@gmail.com and the first Google result was this page. Chalk up yet another scam attempt by Wayne Johnson (cabinets this time).
Just got this today: March 8 2010I figured it was fishy. Anyone looking for a price like that would put down a phone number. But anyway thanks for this blog.To the Owner, My name is Ricky Smith.I am with the Presbyterian Church of God and i will like to order Blinds.below is the Blinds i want:Louver Sizes : 2" or 2 1/2"Smooth50 qty of # Size 35W x 56L50 qty of # Size 46W x 60L50 qty of # Size 72W x 72L50 qty of # Size 72W x 96Li want cherry or white or oak finish.Blind Type:either Aluminium or woodKindly email me with a pick up price for each size without shipping.After i have received the total quote i will send you the contact details of the shipping company i will be using so that you will contact them and get me the shipping charges and i will make the full payment for the blinds and shipping to you.i will like to know the price excluding shipping.WHAT TYPE OF CREDIT CARD DO YOU ACCEPT? .Kindly respond to me as soon as possible for us to proceed further with the order.Thank You,Rev Ricky.Email Address: ricky.smith2g0@gmail.com
We only sell through our representatives and we have no "store" that you can pick up our equipment. We received an email today. When I asked him for his address and phone number so a rep could contact him, he was out of the country. I told him I would need an address to forward him to the proper representative and he sent back: 14 Front St.,Danielson, CT 06239. A child could type proper English better than this guy!Larry Bones Good day,My name is Mr. Larry Bones and I will like to know if you can supply some Heat Sinks for me, its going to be picked up at your store location when parked for pick up, after payment. I will like to know the types of heat sinks you do have in stock with the model and sizes too so that I can make my choice, and also let me know if you do accept credit card as a method of payment also, wish you all the best in business and i would be looking forward on hearing from you soon.best regards, Larry.

 We have just gone through the same scam. The customer tried to use 3 credit cards, one went through, for his purchase. He suggested that we use his freight company to ship out of the country. We tried to be accommodating and took all the information. Once the payment cleared the credit card it became urgent that we pay the freight company before the equipment arrived because it would take several days to get things arranged. They didn't seem very concerned about delivery any longer. The freight company didn’t change their quote after I changed the weight and dimensions on the shipment. The cost of the shipment was a third of the total selling price, just about $3000.00. When I received the invoice from the freight company, I Googled the name (no luck) and then the address. That is when I pulled up this blog, thank goodness. The contact had been calling every hour to find out the status of the payment to the shipper. After reading this blog I waited for him to call again. I told him that our company insisted that we use our own contracted freight forwarder and not his. In his next breath he said to cancel the order, but send him back his credit card data. There were lots of red flags from the beginning on this purchase. Namely not one person we spoke with had a "real" or company e-mail address. We end up with a surplus of equipment we can use over time, but we aren’t out any money, just man hours. 

Here is another version, luckily I told my boss about these spams. Hello Owner,                  Am Mr.Gary Bismark,and am inquiring about some Strollers,Diapers,Baby Carriers,Diaper Bags and Stroller Blankets.At the moment i will like you to send me an e-mail with some few list on the one's you got in stock with there prices.Or email me back with your website for me to view the type.After that I'll show the type and Quantity i want to order.And also let me know the type of credit cards you do accept as payment.Thank you and waiting to hear back from you soon.Kind regards.Mr.Gary Bismark.

wayne.johnson65@gmail.com^ got an email from this guy asking for 20 large wood cabinets.Nice try "Wayne".He wanted them shipped to....New Mission Foundation Center 896 Dunearn Road,#04-06B Sime Darby CenterSingapore 589472 Singapore and below is also the contact information of Amal Freight International LLC INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING DEPARTMENT:PERSON TO CONTACT:MR BRUCE SMITH SHIPPING COMPANY'S CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS: amalfreightint@live.com Or amalfreightint@fastservice.comAnd I love his message! lol! Ha scam written all over it.__________________________________Good day,we require to know if you can supply us with somecabinets .Kindly get back to us with your inventory as well aspricing and advise if you accept credit card payment.Wish you all the bestin business and ill be looking forward to your response.best regardsWayne Johnson__________________________________Later he sent an email that he'd like to revise his order to 20 cabinets.

I got the same scam from the same person.  I had a few minutes, so I played with him a bit:  -----------------------------------------Hi Wayne,That sounds good.  I'll have my administrative assistant contact you with the details.  And provide you with the wire transfer information.  Please provide the name of the freight company.    I wish we could take credit cards, but unfortunately, the criminals have ruined it for us.  I'm sure that you, like me, wish the dirty criminals monther's would have stopped the criminals before they were born.  At least the criminals will spend eternity in hell.  It serves them right and it's what they deserve.Oh well.  We'll be in touch.  ---------------------------------On Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 3:37 PM, wayne johnson <wayne.johnson65@gmail.com> wrote:What do you mean by dirty criminals?---------------------------------Obviously you're not one, but there are way too many dirty criminals who use stolen credit cards.   Or, they'll send too much stolen money in advance, and ask for a Western Union/Wire Transfer back.  Then the legitimate company loses the money.  It causes legitimate businessmen like you and I extra problems.   For example, we can't take credit cards for high amounts, or new customers or overseas orders.    Those dirty criminals will spend eternity in hell, and never should have been born to begin with.  The world would be a much better place if they had never been born.  They are lower than my dog's feces or the sole of my shoe.On well, I'm glad that you and I don't need to worry about that.   I'll have my admin send you a quote so you can send a wire transfer.    Obviously, I'll deduct the wire-transfer fee from the order.------------------------------------------------------------------------On Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 4:03 PM, wayne johnson <wayne.johnson65@gmail.com> wrote:I see,unfortunately a wire transfer is not possible at this time.Wish we could do a wire transfer but i dont see it to be a possibility at this time. 

Same deal here. I got an email from wayne Johnson requesting 2000ft of hose. We get a few of these type of scams each year. Dean,              thanks for the prominent response,i think am okay with the total cost.However,i will like to recommend you to  AMAL FREIGHT INTERNATIONAL LLC   for the shipping of the units to our newly established project  branch located  in Malaysia and will like you to email them with the total weight of  the units together with the pick up and delivery address , so that they can get you the shipping cost. below is my branch or delivery address: New Mission Foundation Center  No. 70, Jalan SS 15 / 4, Subang Jaya,47500 Petaling Jaya,Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia and  below is also the contact information  of   Amal Freight International LLC       INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING DEPARTMENT:     PERSON TO CONTACT:MR BRUCE SMITH     SHIPPING COMPANY'S CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS:       amalfreightint@live.com Or  amalfreightint@cooltoad.com And so i will like you to contact the shipping company as soon as you can and send me an email response feedback with the total cost for the units, shipping altogether so that i can make full payment to enhance better transaction for the first time.

Just got finished with this piece of work. I played with him for a week to see where it was going to go. We had near constant contact for a week. I enjoyed the fact that he was actually anticipating nearly $18,000.00 in illegal gains. He finally instructed me to use 2 credit cards and charge each of them until the order was filled. I waited a bit and then replied that all transactions require a bank wire transfer. Goods are shipped when the money clears............Funny, i have not heard from him since.

Thanks for your warnings.  We received a similar email which we spotted as a scam.  The contents follow without alteration. From: larry bonesSent: Sunday, March 27, 2011 11:04 PMTo: undisclosed-recipients:Subject: Order  Good Day ,Mr. Larry is my name and i want to know if you carry ( Tiles ) if Yes i will like to place an order and if we decide to purchase we shall be in business with you... Kindly send me pricing and brands so that i compare and make a final sale... Exclude shipping from quote since unit will be picked up from your Store/Company and i will also like to know where you located ???Best Regards

I just received the same scam email (building materials, credit card, etc.) from a "Mr." Wayne Johnson ... You can usually smell the scam whern the scammer's is referred-to as "Mr." or "Mrs." in their own introduction. I would guess he/she is based on Australia -- based on the diction and style.

We received a request for plants to be shipped to Australia. We are glad we saw some red flags and checked this out. Thanks for posting about FAKE SHIPPING. We saved $4800 from being scammed from us.Thanks for the response. Our retails store name is:Gordan Mark Inc we are located in Darling Harbour, N.S.W. 2000, Australia. We do not have a website yet and we only sell domestic. Below are the items list needed. Item Id: 10221496 ......................60 QtysItem Id: 8691701 ......................60 QtysItem Id: 7663165 ......................60 QtysItem Id: 7951315 ......................60 QtysItem Id: 7951301 ......................60 QtysItem Id: 10306889 ......................60 QtysItem Id: 6917349 ......................60 QtysItem Id: 7951312 ......................60 QtysShipping Address.........Name of Company: --- Gordan Mark IncShop 345, Harbourside, Darling Harbour, N.S.W. 2000, AustraliaConcerning the shipment, the likes of UPS, DHL and others always don't take care of the charges down here. Charges like handling, customs and duties etc. We have experienced such situation before and we don't want to experience such a thing again. We will be glad if you contact this shipper BN Express Freight for the shipping quote. Here is there email address( bn_express@hotmail.com Or bnexpress@rocketmail.com ), Note that we can't deal with the shipper but they always deal with the company where they will be doing the pick up in other to reduce the customs duties and other charges down here in Australia. By indicating in the paper works that the payment was received by the shipper from the point of purchase, it will reduce the charges and if we(owner of the goods) wanted to pay for the custom duties and other charges, at times it is more than the whole package amount. We do trust MDE and if we didn't wouldn't have ask you to contact them in the first place. They are very re liable and fast. They will take care of everything including handling, customs and duties,Tax, insurance etc. Always send us the copy of email you send to them. We will be looking forward to see the total cost of the order with the shipping quote from MDE so that we can send you the credit card details for the payment Hope to see your mail soon.Thank youMichael Spinmichael_Spin@in.com
We've been contacted 2 times this year already. The first time I thought it was legit and provided an actual quote. In the following emails, I realized that it was a total scam, so I stopped corresponding with "the Rev". This most recent time, I quoted an outrageous price just to mess with him, and he wrote back saying he was willing to pay and gave me all the shipping company info. When I googled the address of the church in Singapore, this site came up. I'm now going to email all of the print shops we work with in this area and give them a heads up. Thank you!
I have a Trophy and awards business, just got an email for about $4000.00 of product for a church in South Africa, anyway all of the similar things all the rest have been saying. all be carefull, wish i knew where else I can show this
We were contacted by this same CRIMINAL!! Thanks to your website you saved us about $6000. We are a flavoring company and this guy originally asked to buy coffee beans and then flavoring for coffee beans!! Here is his e-mail:HelloThank you for your email, I will like to recommend you to Mobo Shipping Company for the shipping of the unit to my branch in Singapore and i will like you to email them with the total weight of the unit together with the pick up and delivery address , So that they can get you the shipping cost. below is my branch address:Maersk Inc896 Dunearn Road,#04-06B Sime Darby CenterSingapore 589472 SingaporeThe contact email to Mobo Shipping Company is mslaf_shipping_co@live.com and i will like you to go ahead and contact them now, so that i can provide you with my credit card for you to bill it for the total amount of the unit together with the shipping cost.Best Regards.Darren Luke14 front stDanielson,CT,06239203 274 8758
i have gotten 3 of these over the last 2 months. this started when we started using Thomas.net and started to get some internet hits. we did not get scammed as i request all orders form out side the USA to be prepaid and the product will ship 14 days after payment clears. most companies understand this and will accept these type of terms on the 1st overseas orders. scammers will not and normally will stop asking after the 3rd attempt. new companies need to beware of this when starting internet sellingafter a few emails back and forth with the scammer he admitted it was a scam and asked me to stop e-mailing him.
Hello,We recently carried out some work on our web site promoting it to various search engines but used a specific email address of seo@ which was the email address that was used. We are a fireplace company who sells fireplaces and accessories both online and in our shops. I am amazed that somebody has taken the time to target us with such a specifically targetted email.Here is a copy of the email that was sent to us -Hello sales, Good day ,This is Mr. John Larry.In Regards to your company i will like to know whether you carry Fireplace ( Wood Burning Fully Installed,Or Gas Fireplace)in stock for sale. If yes, email me back with the price base for each Fireplace.And also let me know the types of fireplace you have in your company,So that i can get back to you with the types and quantity i will be ordering from your company.... More over I will like to know whether you do accept credit card as the method of payment.... Hope to read from you again....Stay Blessed.Kind regards John... A few alarm bells but we hoped it was a real enquiry. I then searched the buyers name and came across your blog so thank you.I will try to notify everybody that I know of this nasty wasteful scammer.Thanks.Mike
My company was just contacted to ship our product to Singapore. He was using the name Michael Daley and the scam was essentially the same. His English seems to have improved though.

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14th March 2010I was cautious when Michael Daley placed a large order with me yesterday. After wasting an hour or so weighing and measuring the consignment I emailed Mobo Shipping Company for a freight quote. Fortunately I was not caught out.Vicki Matchett
I work at a small ethnic shop in Qld, had a request for 200 large boxes of incense, weird request we thought, then got this email which was the icing on the cake, old Michael Daley is still kicking!HelloThank you for your email, I will like to recommend you to MoboShipping Company for the shipping of the unit to my branch inSingapore and i will like you to email them with the total weight ofthe unit together with the pick up and delivery address , So that theycan get you the shipping cost. below is my branch address:Maersk Inc896 Dunearn Road,#04-06B Sime Darby CenterSingapore 589472 SingaporeThe contact email to Mobo Shipping Company ismslaf_shipping_co@live.com and i will like you to go ahead and contactthem now, so that i can provide you with my credit card for you tobill it for the total amount of the unit together with the shippingcost.Best Regards.Michael DaleyGoogled the shipping company name and got this website, THANKYOU! :)
I received a few emails today from a guy named Michael Daley wanting to knowing pricing for our olive oil. Below are the emails.Hello,I would like to order some Olive Oils, Kindly let me know the pricing for it advise if you accept credit card payments.Michael-----------------------------------Hi Michael,I have attached our current price list for you to have a look at.Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities to accept credit cards, but we can accept bank deposits, Paypal, cheque.Please let me know if you wish to place an order.ThanksLeana-----------------------------------Leana,I need pricing for 50 of the 10 litre PET. Can you check out with your friends to use their credit card facilities. Let me knowMichael-----------------------------------Hi Michael,We can do you a special of $5.00/litre for the oil, plus container and postage costs.The 10 Ltr PET containers cost $8.50 each, so the cost works out to be $2,925.00 plus postage.There will be a short delay as we will need to organise this order through our processing plant where the oil is stored. We can also arrange for it to be freighted to you if you wish?Our office is located on the ******** family farm (in their house) and we don't have anyone close to us that we can borrow their credit card facilities.EFT is also accepted (and preferred) if you wish to proceed this way?ThanksLeana-----------------------------------Hello leanaThank you for your email, I will like to recommend you to Mobo Shipping Company for the shipping of the unit to my branch in Singapore and i will like you to email them with the total weight of the unit together with the pick up and delivery address , So that they can get you the shipping cost. below is my branch address:Maersk Inc896 Dunearn Road,#04-06B Sime Darby CenterSingapore 589472 SingaporeThe contact email to Mobo Shipping Company is mslaf_shipping_co@live.com and i will like you to go ahead and contact them now, so that i can provide you with my credit card for you to bill it for the total amount of the unit together with the shipping cost.Best Regards.Michael DaleySent from my iPhoneEven though I told him we don't have access to credit card facilities he still assumed we were going to take his order?! Once I received that email (which was about half an hour ago) I googled the freight company name and it came up with this website as the only relating website. (The other websites were about motherboards?!)I hope that no one else gets lured into these scams! (About a year ago I had my personal bank account drained in one day as someone managed to get my card details, and I know how stressful and devastating it can be!)Good luck to everyone out there in spotting these scammers!
I have a very similar story as to what I have been reading in your comments. My company received similar emails from a "Michael Spin" and wanted his items shipped to Australia to a company named Benson Mark Inc totalling over $27,000. He says they are located in Australia but they do not have a website yet since they are a small growing company. He has called and emailed several times a day asking when we can get the quotes to him so he can send his credit card information. He also asked that we cc him on all emails sent to his preferred shipper, which is Mind Express Freight, or Mindex Express. Their email address was to a yahoo account. And this Michael Spin had a hotmail account. We are going to wait for him to give us the credit card info so we can try to at least contact the people that have had their cards stolen to report this. That seems to be all we can do at this point. Thank you everyone for your comments and stories, it has saved our company a lot of time and money.
Got this email -Hi there,I am Darren and would like you to help me print some flyers.Below is the specifications.Size : A5Qty : 100,000 copiesColor : Black and WhiteType : Single sidedPaper : 100 gsmArtwork AttachedAdvise if you accept credit card payment.Darren LukeThis was indeed with mobo shipping. Thanks to this blog!
This is what I received..thank you for your response.However,am okay with the quote and will like you to proceed with the shipment.I will like to recommend you to AMAL FREIGHT INTERNATIONAL LLC for the shipping of the units to our newly construction project branch located in Malaysia and will like you to email them with the total weight of the units together with the pick up and delivery address , so that they can get you the shipping cost. below is my branch or delivery address: New Mission Foundation Center No. 70, Jalan SS 15 / 4, Subang Jaya,47500 Petaling Jaya,Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia and below is also the contact information of Amal Freight International LLC INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING DEPARTMENT: PERSON TO CONTACT:MR BRUCE SMITH SHIPPING COMPANY'S CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS: amalfreightint@live.com Or amalfreightint@cooltoad.com And so i will like you to contact the shipping company as soon as you can and send me an email response feedback with the total cost for the units , shipping altogether so that i can make full payment to enhance better transaction for the first time.best regardsWayne Johnson
The following is the scam sent to me for the purchase of picture framing material. "Thanks for the patience with me and i have just been contacted by my wife in regards to the pick up and shipment of the order when its ready and she will like the order shipped to Haiti and so i will like to recommend a shipping company for you to contact and get the pick up and shipping cost so that you can add the total cost for the shipping to the order so that i can authorize you to bill my master card or visa card for the full payment and below is the contact details for the shipping company as well as the delivery address and the information they will be needing to provide the quote.SHIPPING COMPANY CONTACT DETAILS.NAME OF THE COMPANY: Overseas Shipping CompanyPERSON TO CONTACT: Mr. Larry WinterCONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS: overseasshippingcom@cooltoad.comDELIVERY ADDRESSMrs, Brittany MatthewDelmas 33,Port-au-Prince,Haitihttp://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/01/earthquake_in_haiti.htmlEmail them and ask them for the shipping cost to the orphanage home in Haiti.Ask when they can pickup,what needs to be done before they pick up and their method of payment.Please do make sure to email the freight company with the total weights and dimensions of the units to be picked up as well as the pickup and delivery address for an accurate freight rates.I will be looking forward to do a very successful business with you.Regards,Reverend Rowland Gregory"

I was in the middle of a large shipping order $5,000.00 of copper lighting to go to an orphanage in Haiti...red flag right there! but at first he wanted to pick up the product at our retail store in Florida, but we only had a sales person in Florida (we manufactur in RI) and there was no store for him to pick them up so I said shipping would be included due ot the size of the order. Then came his shipping instructions...same as yours! Larry WInter....etc.....I also asked for a phone number to duscuss details over the phone but never received one and I started noticing his emails were coming through at very early morning hours 3-4 am.Still being skeptical but wanting to trust about the whole thing I did email the shipping company....they want me to send $2550.00 to a person in Ghana via western union. The only thng that confusd me was my so-called customer in Florida wanted to pay with a credit card and he was going to pay up front. I thought this is safe but apparantly isnt and I'm trying to understand how? If a charge his credit card and it clears how could I be in any potential trouble? Clearly its a scam, I'm just tryingto understand how it works. Is there a proper place to report such fraud? Below is his entire email:DEAR SHIPPER,Thank you for your interest in using Overseas Shipping Company for yourshipping needs and services and below is the information regarding theshipping quote and payment terms for pick up schedule.We checked on picking up and shipping 12 contents Post Onion Lanterns boxedindividually. Each box weighs 14 pounds. Dimensions are 18.5" x 18.5" x 24.5"they will be on a standard pallet (4' x 4') 3 layers of 4 boxes each wrappedin shipping plastic. 4'x 4' x 6' and weighing approximately 168 pounds (notincluding the pallet).Pick Up Location Address(I deleted this part for this blog)Shipping/Delivery AddressMrs. Faustina GregoryDelmas 33Port-au-PrinceHaiti- 00509The shipping costs is going to be $2,550.00 US DOLLARS. That includesinternational airway taxes(I.A.T),Tarrifs and custom's clearance duties. Ittakes approximately 2-3 days for delivery from the time of pick-up andregarding the packaging and crating the shipping company will also handle thatto prevent breakages or damages (but if the company prefers to handle thepackaging and crating themselves that will be no problem) and so you will needto receive the payment from the customer so that you can make payment to us(That is our Company Policy).SHIPPING PAYMENT OPTIONSThe shipping charges for the shipment will have to be paid to the shippingcompany via the Western Union through the nearest Post office location nearyou and so the customer will make the payment for the shipping to you and thenyou pay on his behalf since we only take payments from the pickup location andall you need to do is to get cash and the address to send payment which is below.1ST Payment Option:Send payment via Western Union Money Transfer/Money Gramto our financial manager at that location to the address the address is.ADDRESS TO SEND WESTERN UNION/MONEY GRAM PAYMENTName : Mr. Jordan HillfordAddress : 186 silver star AveZip code : 00233City : AccraCountry : GhanaTelephone : +233544159599You need to go to the western union with the cash of the shipping funds andthe address below specified to send payment through before we come and pick itup you have to email us with the Western Union Money Transfer receiptinformation which shows.1, Senders Full Name.2, MTCN Control Number 10 Digits.3, Secret Question and Answer.All the above information's are on the receipt and the question and answerwill come from you which can be any question and answer as you choose.As soon as we receive payment we will send you the payment receipts to yourfax number which contains the shipment tracking number and the time for thepick up and shipment and before we can provide that we need to get a paymentconfirmation details requested above and don't hesitate to contact us if youneed any more assistance.THANK YOUMr. Larry Winter (Freight & Logistics Manager)Overseas Shipping CompanyTelephone : +233544159599

They get their money through the shipping company.  Like you, I knew it was a scam, but couldn't figure out how the scammers were profiting from it.  It works like this:  they give you "their" preferred shipper's name and ask you to charge the order and the shipping fee to their credit card and for you to pay the shipper out of that.  Well, you pay the shipper cash and then they all disappear.  Later, you discover that the credit card was stolen, the bank refuses to pay the credit card charge (or takes the money back from you) and you are left holding the bag not only for the huge order, but for the money you paid the shipper (usually between $2.500 to $5,000), which was their goal in the first place.  The way to shut the scammers down is to state clearly that you will only ship using acceptable shippers such as FedEx, UPS, or the US Postal Service.  If they insist on using their own shipper, then tell them that they must arrange to pay them themselves (they are supposedly paying you, they can just as easily pay the shipper.)  You will find that they suddenly decide they don't need the order so bad afterall, or just suddenly quit contacting you.  When someone we don't know contacts us with a huge order, especially if there is the horrible grammer in the e-mail, we have a standard first response of:"To proceed with a quote we need full contact information, including shipping address and phone number.  For churches, we require tax exempt verification for sales tax purposes.  Upon receipt of this documentation we can provide quotes and payment terms.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause, but internet fraud has become a significant problem."  If they "get through that" and still want the order, but insist on using their own shipper, our response is, "PLEASE NOTE:  This company will only ship items using UPS, FedEx, or the United States Postal Service.  Under absolutely no circumstances will we ship items using any other than the aforementioned 3 carriers.  If you wish to use another shipping company, you must make those arrangements yourself and pay the shipping company directly.  THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY."  That gets rid of them.  Hope this helps.

Received a very similar email recently for a large order of first aid and disaster supplies.  Thank you very much  for feedback,i appreciate it a lot.  I will like to go ahead with the order so i will prefer to make the full payment to you with my master card so that you can go ahead and place the order for me. But before that , I want you to know that i am  sending this items to an Orphanage home in Ghana so you must be wondering how that could be done, that is simple. There is a shipping company that will come to your location to pick up this items as soon as they are ready for pick up OK so i want you to get in touch with this freight company and ask them how much it will cost for them to be at your location to pick up the items when it is  ready OK so that i can make the full payment. I want you to send them an email with your location address and then the Quantities of the items along with the delivery address below.Cathy Orphanage home.562 Ring Road EstAccra-Ghana 00221 TemaPlease in order to get the correct freight estimate  from the shipping company you need to send them the following information's by email.. Your Location address.. The delivery address..  Quantities of the items .So send the freight company all those details by email so that they can get back to you with the freight cost OK. Below is the contact details for the shippers you need to find the cost from.  Company name: Delmas Shipping Company Ltd.Company e-mail:       Delmas@Cooltoad.com  /   Infodelmas@asiamail.comContact Person: Mark Barry. When I originally emailed the "client" regarding a shipping address, he claimed to be in Baltimore, yet, I received a follow up phone call that revealed a Minnesota area code.  A little further digging brought up one red flag after another.  Delmas is a legitimate company, but the "company" emails look completely bogus - cooltoad.com - really?. Then I found this site and all my suspicions have now been further confirmed.  I have sent an email instructing the "client" to arrange the shipping directly with the "shipping company".  I don't expect to hear back. 

I got this:  My response is first: Gary,I am sorry, you would be responsible for arranging any freight shipment for your charity as well as clarifying any payment matters with your freight company. If you would like to proceed with your order, you will have to provide me with a North American address for the items to be shipped to, pay for the products first and then we would ship them (we only use FEDEX, Canada Post or UPS).  Once you have the products, you can arrange the shipment with your freight company.>       Thank you very much  for feedback,i appreciate it a lot.  I will> like> to go ahead with the order so i will prefer to make the full payment to> you> with my master card so that you can go ahead and place the order for me.> But> before that , I want you to know that i am  sending this items to an> Orphanage home in Ghana so you must be wondering how that could be done,> that is simple. There is a shipping company that will come to your> location> to pick up this items as soon as they are ready for pick up OK so i want> you> to get in touch with this freight company and ask them how much it will> cost> for them to be at your location to pick up the items when it is  ready OK> so> that i can make the full payment. I want you to send them an email with> your> location address and then the Quantities of the items along with the> delivery address below.> > >  *> Cathy Orphanage home.> 562 Ring Road Est> Accra-Ghana 00221 Tema> *> > Please in order to get the correct freight estimate  from the shipping> company you need to send them the following information's by email.> > . Your Location address.> > . The delivery address.> > .  Quantities of the items .> > So send the freight company all those details by email so that they can> get> back to you with the freight cost OK. Below is the contact details for the> shippers you need to find the cost from.> > *..............................**.............................> > Company name: Delmas Shipping Company Ltd.> > Company e-mail:       Delmas@Cooltoad.com  /   Infodelmas@asiamail.com> > Contact Person: Mark Barry.> > ..............................* *..............................**......*> > > Please I want you to contact Mark Barry with all the details and then ask> him for the freight cost OK and as soon as you get the shipping cost add> it> to the cost of the items and e-mail me back the total cost so that i can> send you my Master Card to charge the full payment on it and start on the> order OK. So please get in touch with the freight company and get me the> cost , so that i can make the full payment to you OK. Thank you and i will> wait to read from you with the total cost.> > > Kind regards.....> Mr.Gary Bismark.> >

Very Interesting Blog! Thank You For Thi Information!
Sample of SCAMFrom: walter scott [mailto:scottwalt233@yahoo.com] Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 2:55 PMTo: Subject: RE: order Pick Up Thanks alot for the response and am ok with the cost as $3243.24 .And this Unit am about to purchase is for a company in Accra Ghana and i will like you to contact this shipping company with the total weight of the unit and your Location Address and ask them for the shipping cost.The email for the shipping company is worldwideexpresship@cooltoad.com Please go ahead and email them and ask them for the shipping cost to the company in Accra Ghana zip code 00233.please e-mail them for that they can arrange for the pick up today if possible,that needs to be done before they pickup and their Method of Payment.Thanks and i will be in the a conference meeting later today and i will still keep in contact with you by email.Thanks and i am really looking forward in completing this order also send me an email confirmation of what you will sendto the shipping company..Regards...........Mr.Scott Walter ................Nb.. Email them with the total weight,Dimensions and your location address and ask them for the shipping price to the new company and theirmethod of payment..Their email address again is worldwideexpresship@cooltoad.com Let me know immediately if you have the shipping charges.Below is the delivery address:Mr.Scott Walter5461 Outland Rd.Accra Ghana00233West AfricaMay God Bless You.. To: "walter scott" Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 11:43 AM Subject: RE: order Thank you for your interest on my order also here is my Address 2981 Sunridge Way N.E. Calgary, Alberta T1Y 7K7 but the unit wont be shipped to this Address so get back to me with the cost plus tax without shipping....Await to hear from you..Regards..Scott Walter From: walter scott [mailto:scottwalt233@yahoo.com] Thank you for your email reply back and also i will like to order 15 case of that and what will be the cost for that plus tax without shipping.....Await to hear from you..Regards..Scott Walter Thank you for your email reply back i checked on your website and will like to order DESCRIPTION: xxxxxxx and will like to Order 15 pieces of this and what will be the total cost for that plus tax without shipping and what type of credit card do you accept for payment charges..Regards..Scott Walter From: walter scott [mailto:scottwalt233@yahoo.com] Sent: May 9, 2010 4:55 PM Dear Customer, I am Mr Scott Walter and i am sending this Email in regards to Order some (Tape's) and i will like you to email me back with the Type,Sizes and with their Prices you have in stock for me to choose the type i need to Order and also let me know the type of Credit Card you accept for Payment charges and can you email me with your contact full name and phone number that i can call to place the Order...Awaiting to hear from you soon..Best RegardsMr Scott Walter
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