Warning: Fake shipping company scam

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I've gotten a couple of emails from Floyd Bill McDaniels looking to purchase 100 wheel chocks for personal use. When I responded, the quantity went to 200. Floyd Bill had an address in CA 4674 Terry Ln, La Mesa CA 91942(residential neighborhood)phone number provided is 209-730-8868. Then asked if I accepted credit cards, which I do. Today he forwarded me an email asking me to contact his freight company, which led me to this web site. He is calling it McDonal Shipping Co and Chuck Datson with an email and no phone number. The person receiving the wheel chocks is Anthony Hopkins in Västra Götaland County,400 12 Goteborg Geijersgatan Sweden. I looked, it is a store front. He said that he had just gotten word that his wife and remaining child were in a horrible accident. I sent an email back telling him that we should wait until his wife and child are OK before going further along with his order. I also told him that I can beat his shipping cost so that is better for him. I called Floyd and he was too busy to speak with me but I managed to keep him on the phone for a few minutes. He said he would call me back, but I told him I would be out of the office and would call him back in 1 hour. I asked about him living in LA and he said LeMesa, which is what he had said in is email. I asked if he had lived there a long time and he said long enough. I asked him if he ever got to the up town area. I was going to ask him about specific land marks in LaMesa, but he got spooked and hung up on me.
Similar to the rest, the email correspondence was professional, minus a few spelling errors, but played the part well of a interested customer. The shipping company and address provided were the red flag for me. A simple internet search came back with contradicting email addresses and phone numbers.
I have been contacted at my door shop by a William Davi looking for a large amount of windows to be shipped by "HIS" freight company that I am supposed to contact. Major Scam Alert!
we received an email from Rev Larry Moore to purchase Teak outdoor furniture. Thanks for the website - now our suspicions are verified. Good work.
My company has had numerous scam purchase attempts over the past years. The biggest red flag is they often want 'products' but can't seem to describe what we sell! When I question them about what the problem is they are trying to resolve with our products (we sell petroleum pollution cleanup products) they go blank and never respond. So, the fact they want something without a quotation and often want their own shipping company to handle the shipping are all red flags for us. We toy with these idiots long enough to dissect their inquiry and then just let them babble on about the purchase. One must be astute in this age of internet promotion and sales....one of the common themes I have seen is the request for using a credit card. We strictly limit credit card sales and request company check for payment. This usually shuts them down quickly as they depend on the credit card system to complete the scam. We don't ship anything overseas unless it is verified that 'funds in the bank' are legitimate and there is no chance of loss. I would rather lose a sale than get scammed by these idiots! So, be cautious online....it's a brave ans stupid new world out there when online!!!
Glad I found this thread. Just received this enquiry (below) and it sounded alarm bells straight away because of the English name/poor English. Even though it could be a bona fide enquiry for our business - not that we generally hear from Cyprus - having read the above I can see it is the start of a scam exchange. I am interested in someone's earlier comment that this could be to do with LinkedIn where they are finding businesses, email addresses and names to use. "Hello , Compliment of the season to you, I hope you had a wonderful a New Year. I'm Chris Grant, Respectively I have some interest in your products,Inwhich I would prefer to ask you directly if ship to Cyprus and accept Visa & MC as payment. Let me know if you ship to the above destination and also if you accept the payment terms as indicated above. I would be most appreciated if you return this email with your website and some current product price list. Best Regards Chris Grant"
I am so grateful I found this post!!!! I was literally at the Western Union when a voice in my head said this is so odd....maybe I should research on the internet before I honor this cusomer's odd request. My story is the same as above. Placed a $950 order. Claimed they lived in a hard to deliver area so used a specific shipper. I too live in a hard to deliver area so was not suspiciious of that part. It was paying for it with a credit card that was not connected to her store, was my red flag I kept pondering in my head. She gave me a credit card that went through. One charge for products and another charge for shipping costs. I was too go to Wetern Union and wire the 'shipper' the money. Because I listened to my voice AND found this topic thread I did not fall victim to this. I feel so violated that as humans I can't trust my own innate desire to trust and be trusted. Are there other places to alert folks? I posted on my website, FB page, and the FEC.
Here is another just received 2.6.15: Hello Thank you very much for your email.well i am okey with the pricing of the COLORS # black 40” x 50” $159 EACH and to order 40 pcs And i will recommend a freight company for the pick up of the items to ( S. Africa ).. Now i want you to contact this shipping company with the total weight of the UNIT ,find out the freight quote how much it will cost me . The delivery address is below: Delivery Address:- Mr. Akwaboah Ltd #98 adukwei st. Johannesburg ,S Africa 00277 Shipping Company's Information:- Shipping Name: St.Robinson International Freight Ltd Contact Person Name: Captain Jonathan Ulmer Freight Company Email Address : st.robinsonintfreightltd@usa.com Try and CC me a copy of what you will be sending to the shipping company And 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 the transaction . I will make payment with my Credit Card..Details With kind regards Jim Adcock 13473541477
I sent out nine packages with prepaid shipping labels and have not received my check. The packages were all sent to the same place with Russian names in New Jersey. Luckily, I gave them a PPayPal account which requires actual money. Where do the labels come from? Stolen credit cards?
We have had 3 such requests in the past 6 months. The first time I thought it was fishy and told them "no, we could not accommodate." That was the last we heard from that particular prospective customer/scammer. The most recent was this week from Jack Wayne in Taiwan.
My company was contacted to place an order for 100 of our cheapest product, totaling to $6,800 under the name Kent Karch. Thank you SO MUCH for posting about this scam, I too was a little sus only because he seemed too easily of a sell compared to many of our other customers. As soon as I read the way he spoke in his emails, I knew this was another scam :/ It's too bad these guys do this to our companys, it could have really hurt us if we had moved forward.
Glad to find your blog with valuable information. Logistics Company in Singapore
This pathetic scam is still going. This time he is using the name Opportunity Supplies in Clearwater Florida and the shipping company is Prominent Shipping and Logistics and a drop ship address in Liberia. This is the 3rd or 4th time someone has tried this scam with me. In case you don't know how it works, they buy the merchandise and pay for freight with a legit credit card. The "freight" company asks you to wire the freight charges to them. Then the "customer" disputes the credit card charges and you are out the money you paid the "freight" company. I guess the scam works or they wouldn't try it so be warned. Anyone that is more concerned about paying you than anything else with their credit card is probably scamming you.
has anyone dealt with a company called Earth Commercial Initiative? looks to be another scam like Jessica Barrow logisticamodernainc@gmail.com only this one has a New York address instead of Puerto Rico o
I received an email from this same address "logisticamodernainc@gmail.com". Claiming to work for a company called Scan Shipping Inc. I googled the company and it's a legit. The only the that through me off was. Would they have an email associated with the company? So I googled the email and saw they've been using people to ship out stolen goods. I've shipped out 3packets for them, and became sus again when they were all being shipped to the same house in Florida and different customer name. I have 4 packets at my apt now, but they won't be getting shipped out. I've have chosen to contact the authorities instead.
My husband and I own a small printing/shipping business and we received an order in the email. Such a large order (100000) flyers, orange paper with blue text, requires us to order from larger printers, when we contacted our usual supplier they alerted us that this might be a scam, I researched the address online and it brought me to this page. So, here's another entry for folks to be aware of. Sheesh. Thanks you very much for the time and support in regards to the pricing.i need this order in 2 weeks time. 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 Haiti. overseas.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 deliver and pickup address for them to be able to provide a quote. Contact Details for the Recommended Shipping Company 1.Carrier Name : Cyprus Cargo Shipping Company 2.Contact Name : Mr Ben Thompson. 3.Email Address: cypruscargoshipping@yahoo.com Information Needed to Provide Freight Charges 1.Full pick up location address 2.Size and quantity/weight of the order to be picked up 3.Shipping Or Delivery address Below is the delivery or shipping address to were the order will be shipped. Mark Quirk & Sons. 673 Ring Road HT6110 Port-au-prince, Haiti 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. Regards. Mark Quirk.
I have had emails from a 'Chris Grant' too. His original email was "Compliment of the season to you, I hope you had a wonderful a New Year. I'm Chris Grant, Respectively I have some interest in your products,In which I would prefer to ask you directly if ship to Cyprus and accept Visa & MC as payment. Let me know if you ship to the above destination and also if you accept the payment terms as indicated above." from the email address christgrant@gmail.com It all seemed very bizarre to me but at the same time I couldn't be 100% sure that it wasn't a genuine customer so I did reply with a quotation however when he started going on about giving us extra money and us then paying their shipping company I was pretty sure it was some kind of scam. I didn't reply to the last email but he keeps sending it over and over so I thought I would do a little online search. I'm glad I did as I still couldn't be totally sure. I hope that by posting the email address and message content this thread will show up for anyone else who gets the same email.
here it is again! Hello 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 Haiti. overseas.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 deliver and pickup address for them to be able to provide a quote. Contact Details for the Recommended Shipping Company 1.Carrier Name : Diamond Star Freight Company LTD 2.Contact Name : Mr John MCLaren. 3.Email Address: diamondstarfreight@hotmail.com Information Needed to Provide Freight Charges 1.Full pick up location address 2.Size and quantity/weight of the order to be picked up 3.Shipping Or Delivery address Below is the delivery or shipping address to were the order will be shipped. David Wise & Sons. 673 Ring Road HT6110 Port-au-prince, Haiti 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. Regards. David Wise. Anonymous 02-17-2015 Canada
This company was created by thieves in Cameroon to steal money on fake orders,,, Maritime Transit Services www.maritimetransitservices.com. It's truly amazing how much they put into this fake shipping and delivery service. First you make an order from another bogus website run by India thieves so we checked them out by making a minimum order of a product from a store created on Indiamart.com by the same people that created the fake shipping company Marine Transit Services . Indiamart (probably a bogus group too) a website fashioned after Alibaba in China. We made the order and we paid by Western Union because we didn't want to do a bank transfer because of possible theft of our bank information. Paid a total of $83.65 including the Western Union fees. Once they received our money they sent an urgent email that our package was held up in Paris international airport and the shipping company needed money for special insurance to get our package out France customs. Of course the insurance payment would be a 100% refundable fee once we received our order. I'm sure a lot of the Cameroon thieves used this. Anyway, the amount to get our $55 dollar order would be a whopping $750 dollars to get it out. By this time we are in the office drinking beers and laughing at the extent of the work they Put into thier operation to steal some money. The Africans will go to any length to steal any amount of money. I suppose life there is so horrible that stealing is just a way of life. A daily job. Got to feel sorry for a people that have to do this just to survive or they are so lazy of a people they would rather use the ability to do all this computer work to sit on their butts and steal money than to use the ability to create honorable businesses and make honest lives. Africans... By Anonymous
Received the following from email address: christcustserv@gmail.com "Hello , I'm Chris Grant, Respectively I have some interest in your products,Inwhich I would prefer to ask you directly if ship to Cyprus and accept Visa & MC as payment. Let me know if you ship to the above destination and also if you accept the payment terms as indicated above. I would be most appreciated if you return this email with your website and some current product price list. Best Regards Chris Grant" YA, OK....LOL
This scam is still going on - but this time from David Moore, wanting to buy 30 banners from us. Thanks for posting so I didn't bother to get shipping costs. His email to me was almost the exact same, just minor details differed. Here's his email: Thank you once again for your prompt reply with the total costs for the order and I do really appreciate working with you. I would be very glad if you could find out the freight charges on my behalf. Below is the Freight Company Contact Details whom I prefer to use for this shipment. Please do contact the shipping company with the below information: Freight Company : Sam Shipping Agency Contact Details : SamShippingAgency@hotmail.com Contact Person : Mr. John Mark Also include the following information to the freight company when contacting them to find out the freight charges for me. {1} Full Pick-Up Address Details. {2} Total Weight of (Package). {3} Type of Package. Delivery Information Mrs. Nicole Williams Graham & Co. Delmas 33, Port-au-Prince, Haiti 00509 Please go ahead and email the shipping company now and get the shipping charges and send me an email back with the total cost for the shipping and order altogether so that I can pay you the total cost of the order together with the shipping cost with my credit card
I almost had the same scam. JOHN SMITH wanted 100,000 flyers shipped to Haiti using a shipping company CYPRUS CARGO SHIPPING & LOGISTICS LTD. I was warned by the printer who had seen this scam before.
Just this week: Good day, My name is Mark Quirk and i want to make a inquiry of some Banner,the type of banner i will like from you is vinyl and the size i want is 32"x60" with grommet on the banner.I want this Message on the banner is (Give & It Shall be Given Unto You).Kindly get me some price for a Quantity of 100 banners and please advise me the Payment method you do accept and also how long will it take you before getting me those banners for pickup to be Schedule.Please advice to my email as soon as you received this email.Thank You Very Much. Thank You. Mark Quirk. Hello, 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 Haiti. overseas.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 deliver and pickup address for them to be able to provide a quote. Contact Details for the Recommended Shipping Company 1.Carrier Name : Cyprus Cargo Shipping Company 2.Contact Name : Mr Ben Thompson. 3.Email Address: cypruscargoshipping@yahoo.com Information Needed to Provide Freight Charges 1.Full pick up location address 2.Size and quantity/weight of the order to be picked up 3.Shipping Or Delivery address Below is the delivery or shipping address to were the order will be shipped. Mark Quirk & Sons. 673 Ring Road HT6110 Port-au-prince, Haiti 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. Regards. Mark Quirk.
[quote]I have fun with these scam guys all the time. I follow through all correspondences until I finally get the credit card information from them.. I then will contact the credit card company's and let them know what scam is being pulled and they will cancel the card immediately. I've done this a dozen times over three years or so. Hopefully I've saved some people's credit cards from getting used.[/quote] I think you will find the correct decision.
[quote]My husband and I own a small printing/shipping business and we received an order in the email. Such a large order (100000) flyers, orange paper with blue text, requires us to order from larger printers, when we contacted our usual supplier they alerted us that this might be a scam, I researched the address online and it brought me to this page. So, here's another entry for folks to be aware of. Sheesh. Thanks you very much for the time and support in regards to the pricing.i need this order in 2 weeks time. 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 Haiti. overseas.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 deliver and pickup address for them to be able to provide a quote. Contact Details for the Recommended Shipping Company 1.Carrier Name : Cyprus Cargo Shipping Company 2.Contact Name : Mr Ben Thompson. 3.Email Address: cypruscargoshipping@yahoo.com Information Needed to Provide Freight Charges 1.Full pick up location address 2.Size and quantity/weight of the order to be picked up 3.Shipping Or Delivery address Below is the delivery or shipping address to were the order will be shipped. Mark Quirk & Sons. 673 Ring Road HT6110 Port-au-prince, Haiti 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. Regards. Mark Quirk.[/quote] I think you will find the correct decision.
Had yet another one of these today. Guy named Ken Lopez out of Beaumont TX. Was suspicious from the start as his emails indicated he had no idea about what he wanted, nor did he seem to care- ie. didn't ask the usual questions. He called and had what sounded to me like an African accent, not Hispanic as the name would suggest. And asked if I had received his latest email. When I read it, I knew right away it was this tired old scam, went straight to the credit card and 3rd party shipper, and that I was to do all this jumping through hoops in contacting, obtaining quotes from, and then probably paying that shipping company, as that's where they get you. In this case, my response was simple, and way more polite than it should have been, if you want to use your carrier, you make the arrangements and pay them yourself. What the hell would I jump through all those hoops for? By the way, now that you've got my spidey senses tingling, we're not taking a credit card from you, 100% payment up front by secure bank wire transfer only. Still want to do business? Click.
Hi I’ve also been contacted by Chris Grant from Cyprus [christcustserv@gmail.com] wishing to purchase our products. His English is actually quite good and he sounded fairly above board until he started asking about shipping, freight companies and offering an incentive for me to pay the freight company on his behalf! He now tells me he is not VAT registered and his website is in the process of being updated. Alarm bells rang even more! I then started to “investigate” more on the internet and came up with you guys. I’ve wasted so much of my time and energy on this because the prospective order was not to be sneezed at but I am also now not going to respond. I told him from the outset that I wanted every bit of information up front since there are so many scams out there and I would not release any products until the money was actually cleared in my bank! He was very happy to give me his credit card details!! Be warned – he sounds very plausible!!
Wow this is a wake up call to me already ive been scamed but they wont do it again.
Please be aware that this scammers are also using U.S. addresses. We just got two in a matter of three weeks. One was using the address 370 32nd ave. San, City:Francisco State:CA ZIP:94121. Evergreen Design Store. Now if that doesn't sound an alarm then you have a problem. The other address they are using is in Alabama. Just be careful and when in doubt, google the address and name of the company. We told them to send us a check for $10,000.00, and when the check cleared we would ship the products using our shipper. Have not heard from them yet!!!
I received this email a couple of days ago is this a scam? Hello Ini Mbaba, My name is Julia Burns, I will be your personal manager. The suppliers will start sending parcels to your address in 2-5 business days after you sign the agreement form. All parcels will consist of usual consumer goods such as electronics, clothes, accessories. All goods are legitimate, you will be able to check the contents yourself. Please, make sure you indicate correct address details (if your address require additional details such as room, suite or apartment number, please, also let us know, the delivery services will need exact address to deliver parcels right to your door). All shipping costs are covered by our company. Your duties start on February 24th, 2015, so your first payroll will come on March 24th, 2015. Salary is paid once a month in a form of check or direct deposit (please, let us know your preferable payment method). Your salary consists of $2400 base monthly payment + $30 commission for every shipment processed. Total monthly salary will reach $4000. Please, find the contract and agreement files in the attachment, sign the papers (you can fill the forms electronically or print them, sign and scan back to the hard-drive) and send them back to us ar this e-mail address. Sincerely yours, Julia Burns Scan Shipping Inc Birkerod Kongevej 164 3460 Birkerod, Denmark
Got scammed for $27K. Ouch! This same scam where they purchased the goods and wanted it shipped over seas by Universal Freight. Gave me a few different cards which I ran and they all went through. I then wired money to the freight company. Got suspicious and called master card and found out the cards are no good. Too late now they've got my money. Yinx was the freight forwarder & Alan Marcus the customer. Well played scam and they got me. These guys no what they're doing and have pretty good business sense. BEWARE!!!!
Floyd Bill MacDaniel , is another scammed personnel in a long list of scam personnel. Beware of Anonymous February 5, 2015 - 11:09am reply Glad I found this thread. Just received this enquiry (below) and it sounded alarm bells straight away because of the English name/poor English. Even though it could be a bona fide enquiry for our business - not that we generally hear from Cyprus - having read the above I can see it is the start of a scam exchange. I am interested in someone's earlier comment that this could be to do with LinkedIn where they are finding businesses, email addresses and names to use. "Hello , Compliment of the season to you, I hope you had a wonderful a New Year. I'm Chris Grant, Respectively I have some interest in your products,Inwhich I would prefer to ask you directly if ship to Cyprus and accept Visa & MC as payment. Let me know if you ship to the above destination and also if you accept the payment terms as indicated above. I would be most appreciated if you return this email with your website and some current product price list. Best Regards Chris Grant" Anonymous February 5, 2015 - 12:37pm reply I am so grateful I found this post!!!! I was literally at the Western Union when a voice in my head said this is so odd....maybe I should research on the internet before I honor this cusomer's odd request. My story is the same as above. Placed a $950 order. Claimed they lived in a hard to deliver area so used a specific shipper. I too live in a hard to deliver area so was not suspiciious of that part. It was paying for it with a credit card that was not connected to her store, was my red flag I kept pondering in my head. She gave me a credit card that went through. One charge for products and another charge for shipping costs. I was too go to Wetern Union and wire the 'shipper' the money. Because I listened to my voice AND found this topic thread I did not fall victim to this. I feel so violated that as humans I can't trust my own innate desire to trust and be trusted. Are there other places to alert folks? I posted on my website, FB page, and the FEC. Anonymous February 5, 2015 - 9:23pm reply Here is another just received 2.6.15: Hello Thank you very much for your email.well i am okey with the pricing of the COLORS # black 40” x 50” $159 EACH and to order 40 pcs And i will recommend a freight company for the pick up of the items to ( S. Africa ).. Now i want you to contact this shipping company with the total weight of the UNIT ,find out the freight quote how much it will cost me . The delivery address is below: Delivery Address:- Mr. Akwaboah Ltd #98 adukwei st. Johannesburg ,S Africa 00277 Shipping Company's Information:- Shipping Name: St.Robinson International Freight Ltd Contact Person Name: Captain Jonathan Ulmer Freight Company Email Address : st.robinsonintfreightltd@usa.com Try and CC me a copy of what you will be sending to the shipping company And 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 the transaction . I will make payment with my Credit Card..Details With kind regards Jim Adcock 13473541477 Anonymous February 6, 2015 - 2:19pm reply I sent out nine packages with prepaid shipping labels and have not received my check. The packages were all sent to the same place with Russian names in New Jersey. Luckily, I gave them a PPayPal account which requires actual money. Where do the labels come from? Stolen credit cards? Anonymous February 7, 2015 - 5:56pm reply We have had 3 such requests in the past 6 months. The first time I thought it was fishy and told them "no, we could not accommodate." That was the last we heard from that particular prospective customer/scammer. The most recent was this week from Jack Wayne in Taiwan. Anonymous February 10, 2015 - 10:52am reply My company was contacted to place an order for 100 of our cheapest product, totaling to $6,800 under the name Kent Karch. Thank you SO MUCH for posting about this scam, I too was a little sus only because he seemed too easily of a sell compared to many of our other customers. As soon as I read the way he spoke in his emails, I knew this was another scam :/ It's too bad these guys do this to our companys, it could have really hurt us if we had moved forward. Anonymous February 10, 2015 - 5:08pm reply Glad to find your blog with valuable information. Logistics Company in Singapore Anonymous February 11, 2015 - 1:29am reply This pathetic scam is still going. This time he is using the name Opportunity Supplies in Clearwater Florida and the shipping company is Prominent Shipping and Logistics and a drop ship address in Liberia. This is the 3rd or 4th time someone has tried this scam with me. In case you don't know how it works, they buy the merchandise and pay for freight with a legit credit card. The "freight" company asks you to wire the freight charges to them. Then the "customer" disputes the credit card charges and you are out the money you paid the "freight" company. I guess the scam works or they wouldn't try it so be warned. Anyone that is more concerned about paying you than anything else with their credit card is probably scamming you. Anonymous February 11, 2015 - 11:43am reply has anyone dealt with a company called Earth Commercial Initiative? looks to be another scam like Jessica Barrow logisticamodernainc@gmail.com only this one has a New York address instead of Puerto Rico o Anonymous February 12, 2015 - 12:03pm reply My husband and I own a small printing/shipping business and we received an order in the email. Such a large order (100000) flyers, orange paper with blue text, requires us to order from larger printers, when we contacted our usual supplier they alerted us that this might be a scam, I researched the address online and it brought me to this page. So, here's another entry for folks to be aware of. Sheesh. Thanks you very much for the time and support in regards to the pricing.i need this order in 2 weeks time. 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 Haiti. overseas.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 deliver and pickup address for them to be able to provide a quote. Contact Details for the Recommended Shipping Company 1.Carrier Name : Cyprus Cargo Shipping Company 2.Contact Name : Mr Ben Thompson. 3.Email Address: cypruscargoshipping@yahoo.com Information Needed to Provide Freight Charges 1.Full pick up location address 2.Size and quantity/weight of the order to be picked up 3.Shipping Or Delivery address Below is the delivery or shipping address to were the order will be shipped. Mark Quirk & Sons. 673 Ring Road HT6110 Port-au-prince, Haiti 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. Regards. Mark Quirk. Anonymous February 16, 2015 - 12:33am reply I have had emails from a 'Chris Grant' too. His original email was "Compliment of the season to you, I hope you had a wonderful a New Year. I'm Chris Grant, Respectively I have some interest in your products,In which I would prefer to ask you directly if ship to Cyprus and accept Visa & MC as payment. Let me know if you ship to the above destination and also if you accept the payment terms as indicated above." from the email address christgrant@gmail.com It all seemed very bizarre to me but at the same time I couldn't be 100% sure that it wasn't a genuine customer so I did reply with a quotation however when he started going on about giving us extra money and us then paying their shipping company I was pretty sure it was some kind of scam. I didn't reply to the last email but he keeps sending it over and over so I thought I would do a little online search. I'm glad I did as I still couldn't be totally sure. I hope that by posting the email address and message content this thread will show up for anyone else who gets the same email. Anonymous February 16, 2015 - 5:06am reply here it is again! Hello 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 Haiti. overseas.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 deliver and pickup address for them to be able to provide a quote. Contact Details for the Recommended Shipping Company 1.Carrier Name : Diamond Star Freight Company LTD 2.Contact Name : Mr John MCLaren. 3.Email Address: diamondstarfreight@hotmail.com Information Needed to Provide Freight Charges 1.Full pick up location address 2.Size and quantity/weight of the order to be picked up 3.Shipping Or Delivery address Below is the delivery or shipping address to were the order will be shipped. David Wise & Sons. 673 Ring Road HT6110 Port-au-prince, Haiti 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. Regards. David Wise. Anonymous 02-17-2015 Canada Anonymous February 17, 2015 - 1:45pm reply This company was created by thieves in Cameroon to steal money on fake orders,,, Maritime Transit Services www.maritimetransitservices.com. It's truly amazing how much they put into this fake shipping and delivery service. First you make an order from another bogus website run by India thieves so we checked them out by making a minimum order of a product from a store created on Indiamart.com by the same people that created the fake shipping company Marine Transit Services . Indiamart (probably a bogus group too) a website fashioned after Alibaba in China. We made the order and we paid by Western Union because we didn't want to do a bank transfer because of possible theft of our bank information. Paid a total of $83.65 including the Western Union fees. Once they received our money they sent an urgent email that our package was held up in Paris international airport and the shipping company needed money for special insurance to get our package out France customs. Of course the insurance payment would be a 100% refundable fee once we received our order. I'm sure a lot of the Cameroon thieves used this. Anyway, the amount to get our $55 dollar order would be a whopping $750 dollars to get it out. By this time we are in the office drinking beers and laughing at the extent of the work they Put into thier operation to steal some money. The Africans will go to any length to steal any amount of money. I suppose life there is so horrible that stealing is just a way of life. A daily job. Got to feel sorry for a people that have to do this just to survive or they are so lazy of a people they would rather use the ability to do all this computer work to sit on their butts and steal money than to use the ability to create honorable businesses and make honest lives. Africans... By Anonymous Anonymous February 17, 2015 - 6:22pm reply Received the following from email address: christcustserv@gmail.com "Hello , I'm Chris Grant, Respectively I have some interest in your products,Inwhich I would prefer to ask you directly if ship to Cyprus and accept Visa & MC as payment. Let me know if you ship to the above destination and also if you accept the payment terms as indicated above. I would be most appreciated if you return this email with your website and some current product price list. Best Regards Chris Grant" YA, OK....LOL Anonymous February 18, 2015 - 12:42pm reply This scam is still going on - but this time from David Moore, wanting to buy 30 banners from us. Thanks for posting so I didn't bother to get shipping costs. His email to me was almost the exact same, just minor details differed. Here's his email: Thank you once again for your prompt reply with the total costs for the order and I do really appreciate working with you. I would be very glad if you could find out the freight charges on my behalf. Below is the Freight Company Contact Details whom I prefer to use for this shipment. Please do contact the shipping company with the below information: Freight Company : Sam Shipping Agency Contact Details : SamShippingAgency@hotmail.com Contact Person : Mr. John Mark Also include the following information to the freight company when contacting them to find out the freight charges for me. {1} Full Pick-Up Address Details. {2} Total Weight of (Package). {3} Type of Package. Delivery Information Mrs. Nicole Williams Graham & Co. Delmas 33, Port-au-Prince, Haiti 00509 Please go ahead and email the shipping company now and get the shipping charges and send me an email back with the total cost for the shipping and order altogether so that I can pay you the total cost of the order together with the shipping cost with my credit card Anonymous February 18, 2015 - 5:59pm reply I almost had the same scam. JOHN SMITH wanted 100,000 flyers shipped to Haiti using a shipping company CYPRUS CARGO SHIPPING & LOGISTICS LTD. I was warned by the printer who had seen this scam before. Anonymous February 19, 2015 - 2:27pm reply Just this week: Good day, My name is Mark Quirk and i want to make a inquiry of some Banner,the type of banner i will like from you is vinyl and the size i want is 32"x60" with grommet on the banner.I want this Message on the banner is (Give & It Shall be Given Unto You).Kindly get me some price for a Quantity of 100 banners and please advise me the Payment method you do accept and also how long will it take you before getting me those banners for pickup to be Schedule.Please advice to my email as soon as you received this email.Thank You Very Much. Thank You. Mark Quirk. Hello, 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 Haiti. overseas.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. Company Bill & Co Company Contact: Floyd Bill MacDaniel Address 733 Progress Road Ph. #: 209-730-8868 Address Fax #: 209-730-8869 City Scarborough Prov. ON Postal M1H 2W7 Email: floydbill7@gmail.com
BEWARE Company Bill & Co Company Contact: Floyd Bill MacDaniel Address 733 Progress Road Ph. #: 209-730-8868 Address Fax #: 209-730-8869 City Scarborough Prov. ON Postal M1H 2W7 Email: floydbill7@gmail.com same fake scam going on with this guy
Hi, I just got an email, requesting my delivery services and my gut feeling told me that all the grammatical errors was a huge red flag. "Sheila" client, lives in the UK and is shipping goods to the California, she also wanted me to take a payment for thousands of dollars via credit card and than I would have to pay the shipping company with a cashiers check. I even received an email from the shipping company from the UK "Kleer Freight LTD," trying to convince me that this request was valid. FRAUD!!!!!! Be careful with Kleer Freight LTD. This is part of the email. Dear Ray, Thanks for your prompt response and assistance thus far.Am alright with your quote for pickup and delivery services to my apartment in the state.As am aware the goods will be coming in through an air freight shipment, am sure a copy of the email that was sent to me by Kleer freight Ltd (shipper in UK),was also sent to you in explaining detail of the shipment and has requested that the charges for demurrage and shipping fees levied on my furniture is £2,980.00 GBP and needed to be paid before shipment can commence,to enable them provide you with all the necessary document and paper work for custom clearance once the goods get into the States. I hope am not being stressful based on the nature of your response. Am only asking these on the basis of the fact that my hands are tied with busy schedules at the moment and my credit card is the only method of payment i can provide at this time,how wish it was possible for my agent in England i would have given them details of my credit card to process there charges,but they did just inform me that they don't have the facility to process a credit card payment at this time, am short of option at providing payment to them,as i don't have an online account to have it process from my computer as stated because i want my furniture's shipped as soon as possible. Please,Note that i will be providing you with a joint payment of your fees and that of the shipping agent fees of £2,980.00,via my credit card so once funds clears into your account ,only then you will be mandated to pay Kleer freight to enable shipment commence asap,if you want me to pay any form of service charge relating to this tasks of you charging both payment with my credit card, do let me know what the expenses it will cost and if am able, i will proceed with payment immediately,that why i needed to make a joint payment to settle all charges so shipment can commence asap. I await your swift response to proceed with the payment. Thanks, Sheila
We got the following email: On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 11:53 AM, John Smith wrote: Dear Valued Customer, My name is Mr.John Smith. I am interested in ordering some Refills, from your company but since this is the first time am ordering these kind of products then I would be very glad if you can provide me with a list of sizes and pricing of the Refills you carry in stock for sale. Also let me know if you do take a surcharge when accepting either a Visa or Master Credit Cards payment. I Look forward to hear from you soon Regards I suspected a con because of the dialog but since we deal with people out of the country I wasn't for sure until he asked for a price on a couple side products, not the main ones, and he didn't ask if we give breaks on quantity. Everyone that is in business asks for price breaks. I guess there is still the business owner/sales person that is completely unaware of these kinds of scams until they are out $$$$$.. He needs some serious jail time
Katy, thanks for posting this. It helped confirm that they guy on the other end of the emails was a hoax. I already replied just a few mins ago but wanted to let you know that I appreciate you setting up this blog so others can post and others can also find out what is going on.. even my boss was unaware of these con games.. he was excited about the order.. Amazed that there are still so many out there that do not know how to recognize them for what they are. Diane
Hello, I have ordered electronics (phones) via Alibaba and the guy responded to me sending my parcel via highway courier. The agreement was the destination in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. Now after the shipment they contacted me saying my parcel is being held by the Kenyan customs as it has to be paid for the custom fees. I sense that these people are scammers!!! How do I go about it? Can somebody help? The goods I ordered came from Beaufort America
So 4 days ago I received an email requesting a quote for 2 air conditioners from my company. It was a strange email as they did not state what voltages were required. I sent the quote and yesterday they stated they accepted the quote but wanted me to contact a shipping company and get a quote from them to send it overseas. I just sent the request for quote but something was still strange about this whole transaction. So I started to query the internet on possible scams. I found this website and read the postings. It has confirmed my suspicion that this was a scam. Thank you for all of your postings. Here is part of his email to me: Randy, I want to make the final payment including the delivery charges.Kindly find out the delivery charges so I can pay the total amount in all.I want the units picked up and shipped to Scarborough,Tobago for a project,I want you to contact U-SHIP FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS at (ushipfreight1@gmail.com) and find out if they can pickup from your location and deliver to Scarborough, Tobago The delivery address is Colton Brown 73 Bacolet Street Scarborough 120110 Tobago FREIGHT COMPANY INFORMATION NAME: U-SHIP FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS Email Contact: ushipfreight1@gmail.com PERSON TO CONTACT: PAUL DOUGLAS I think I will play with this guy tomorrow and contact the local law enforcement to see if they can find this guy. Thank you GlassMagazine.com for your service.... Randy
Met him on Skype and he introduced himself as Sgt. goodwill from USA in mission at Iraq, wife died and had son with a friend in Ghana. We chatted for month including his son Perry on cam. It happened that he found a briefcase of gold and wanted to ship to me but had no way then he brought the idea that his friend in Ghana knows Ghana Customs and can pass gold there to me, it started with few $ until I paid almost $46,000 during the process until I found on the web that it scam and I contacted the Ghana Crime Unit and he was arrested and some of my losses recoverd.Beware of scam from Ghana and contact officials!
Mr CHRIS GRANT.... haha There's red flags all over the email exchanges. Seriously, if it sounds fishy, it likely is fishy. Can't believe some actually fall for his scam. Here's our email exchange over the past few days: And no, we didn't run the credit card, but was trying to get more information, hoping FBI would get involved, but so far I haven't heard from the FBI. The below exchange is backwards, you would want to start reading at the bottom. We told him the wire transfer wouldn't go through, hoping he would give us a better contact information and he wated us to send the freight money via western union. Hi Dean , Nice to have you on the phone. Below information will be for you to make the Western Union transfer : Receiver's Name : - STACEY INGABIRE Receiver's Address : - 224 DONGGAN AVE. PUDONG SHANGHAI CHINA 200120 I would require the below details once the transfer is complete. Sender's Full Name : Sender's Address : Amount : I wait to read from you once it done. Chris On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 7:04 PM, Chris Grant wrote: Hi Dean , Good to hear the payment has been confirmed,Please let me know when it will be ready for pick up and In regards to the transfer, As for the shipper when contact them on how the payment should be sent that let me understand since everything is going to be an international transaction and the order is yet ready to be picked up that in such situation like this I was instructed that the payment has to be send directly to their Headquarter office in China as to put into records of order yet to be picked up but payment received. Furthermore, Everything would be fine as I was assured that once the payment it been send and confirmed by the person in charged once the order is ready then it will be taken care of ASAP, To cap it all below is the information for the wire transfer BENEFICIARY ACCT : - STACEY INGABIRE BENEFICIARY ADDRESS : - 224 DONGGAN AVE. PUDONG SHANGHAI CHINA BENEFICIARY ACCOUNT #:- 621226 1001014006818 SWIFT CODE: ICBKCNBJSHI. BANK NAME:- ICBC (INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL BANK OF CHINA) BANK ADD:- SHANGHAI MUNICIPAL BRANCH NO.999,WEST ZHONGSHAN ROAD, PUXI AREA ,SHANGHAI CHINA Upon complete of the transfer when the Transfer is been send today, I would need the transfer confirmation slip and the below details for the forwarder to have the order pick up. Contact Person : Pick Up Address : Contact Phone : Number Of Box: Weight/Dimension : Please advise on the above information as exact requested today. Thank you On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 3:18 PM, Dean wrote: Following up with you Chris. We need the freight forwarder information. From: Dean Sims We will cut them a check, so I will need their information. From: Chris Grant [mailto:christcustserv@gmail.com] Hi Dean , OK- I requested for the cc receipts for my records. Since the order is ready as you have stated for the freight company to come for the pick up the payment need to be transfer to them to let them come for the pick up as I have stated in my previous email. Send me all request info so I can forward you details to make the transfer to them. Thanks Chris On Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 11:06 PM, Dean wrote: Chris, Sorry, I was visiting with a customer this morning when you called. We lost connection before I was able to get your phone number to return your call. The phone number listed in your signature doesn’t work. Your order is ready. 1 skid 48” x 48” x 39” tall Weight: 256 lbs You can send your freight company any time. Regards, Dean From: Chris Grant [mailto:christcustserv@gmail.com] Hi Dean , Thanks for the payment confirmation update. Do send me attachment with each credit card receipts. You stated the order is ready for pick up, Confirm when the freight forwarder cam come for the pick up. Chris On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 7:10 PM, Dean Sims wrote: We have charged the credit card and your order is ready to pick up. Regards, Dean -----Original Message----- From: Chris Grant [mailto:christcustserv@gmail.com] Hello Dean , Below is my credit card #'. I want you to run charges on the card now and get back to me with confirmation on charges as exactly charge. You are to understand that you would split charges on the card as exactly instructed which is that you will run the charges of $809.98 X 4 on card as I have contact my bank and they let me understand that they are low limit on the cards which means you have to charge the cards as low as you can but I just cant understand why all this are happening although have contact my bank and they provided the card below and please understand that you are to charge the cards manually as instructions below : You are to charge four separate payments for $809.98 each on the card......See below Visa Card # Exp Date Cvv Name On Credit Card XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX |10/16| XXX Chris Grant I want you charge the credit card now and get back to me with the payment confirmation receipts. Thank you! Chris On 2/24/15, Dean wrote: > I’m in the office. > > Regards, > > Dean > > > > From: Chris Grant [mailto:christcustserv@gmail.com] > > > > Good Morning Dean , > > Sorry for getting back to until now. Please let me know when you get > in office so I can forward you my cc details for charges. > > Thanks > Chris > > > > On Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 5:44 PM, > > Sounds good Chris. > > I will need the credit card number, expiration date, security code, > name on the card and the billing address. > > Regards, > > Dean > > > > From: Chris Grant [mailto:christcustserv@gmail.com > > > Dean , > > I hope this finds you well? Thanks for the total quote of my order. > The total cost of my order is quite correct and I'm ready to progress > with pay the payment. I shall inform my freight forwarder who will be > coming to pick up the order to hold on and come immediately you have > inform me that the items are ready for pick up then I can give you a > call on that day to get the items packed for pick up and they will > call you on their arrival at your address. Also I want you to help me > charge another $850 from my credit card for the freight forwarder > who will be coming to pick up my ordered items from you, Since they > ship at a lesser price than any other courier and they are so > effective in shipping my goods to me here in the remote area in > (Cyprus) is estimated to be 2-3days. I have used their service in the > past and it was splendid and cost effective, Their delivery is always > within 72 working hours with a secure, safe & reliable service they > also collaboration with leading air express companies. > > The $850 that will be sent to the freight forwarder is for the > shipping of my order and should be deducted from my credit card. Also, > I'm compensating you with the sum of ( $100 ) for the transfer fee > and for your efforts. Please note that I should have given the > shipping agency my credit card for him to deduct the freight charges > but he told me that he doesn't have the facilities to charge or debit > credit card , so that's why I bring my vote of confidence in you which > I want you to aid me in this measure, So i want you to transfer the > funds to him after you have make the charges and the money charged > from my credit card is in your account, Then you can now make the > transfer to the agent via Western Union or you can send money through > Money Gram..I will have love to do this my self but there are no > western union here around me as I am out of town to monitor my estate > construction at a remote village,So the charges you'll make on my credit card will be: > > Order Fee:- $2289.94 > Agent fee:- $850 > Transfer fee:- $100 > > Total to Charge :- $3239.94 > > > The shipping cost include: > Collection from your Yard > Customs clearance > Duties & taxes > Inland transit to final destination. > Insurance > > > Note that my credit card will be charged for the amounts above. Please > do get back to me if you are in the office right now so that i can > forward my credit card details to you, then you can charge the funds, > Warm Regards, Chris > > > > On Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 4:28 PM, > > Attached is the revised quote with 1ea of the BOP hoses. > > I noticed that you didn’t request the quick connects fittings. > > Do you need the quick connects fittings, or do you already have them? > > Regards, > Dean > > > > From: Chris Grant [mailto:christcustserv@gmail.com > > Dean , > > Please send me a new quote for 1pcs of each items. > > Chris > > > > On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 3:43 PM, > > Attached is the quote that you requested. > > Delivery: 2-3 weeks (ARO) > > If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. > > Regards, > > Dean > > > > > > > > From: Chris Grant [mailto:christcustserv@gmail.com > > Dean , > > > Thank you for the reply,I got your email earlier and to follow up with > the list of items I would like to order, Below is my order details > for you to have it process through and advise with cost as requested > respectively > > > > Quote me on the following items- > > ======================***************************===================== > = > > Fire-Flex 3000 BOP Hose > > Part # : A822-06 > > Part # : A822-12 > > > > QTY-------------------------------------------4pcs Each > > > ======================***************************===================== > = > > > > Shipping Address : > > Company Name: Christ Store Inc > > 293 Megalou Alexandrou Street, > > Aglantzia , Nicosia 2121 Cyprus > > Tel: +00357 2201 4370 > > > > I want the above quantities for each items .Concerning the > shipment,the likes of UPS,FEDEX and POST OFFICE always don't take care > of the charges down here. Charges like handling, customs duties,tax > etc. I have experienced such situation before and I don't want to be > the victims of such a thing again email me with the total cost of my order ONLY. > > > > Meanwhile As for the shipping cost you won't need to worry about > that as I've a personal shipping agent that will come for the pick up > in your store/warehouse, Although I have been informed the best way to > commence the pick up in your store/warehouse is for you to forward me > with the your store address and time package will be ready for pick up > with your convenience time and date that will be appropriate for the pick up. > > > > Please kindly get back to me with the above requested details then I > can proceed to make payment with my credit card details. > > Best Regards > > Thank you! > Chris Grant > > On Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 2:10 PM, > > Chris, > If you can send me your parts list, I can get you prices. > I do accept Visa and/or MC as payment. > We can ship anywhere in the USA. > If you need parts exported, you would have to use your own exporting > company. > Look forward to your reply. > Regards, > > -----Original Message----- > From: Chris Grant [mailto:christcustserv1@gmail.com > Hello , > > I'm Chris Grant, Respectively I have some interest in your > products,Inwhich I would prefer to ask you directly if ship to Cyprus > and accept Visa & MC as payment. > > > > Let me know if you ship to the above destination and also if you > accept the payment terms as indicated above. > > > > I would be most appreciated if you return this email with your website > and some current product price list. > > > > Best Regards > > Chris Grant
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