We had a similar scam with wayne johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org). We informed our credit card merchant account of these possibly fraudelant charges. Hopefully this helps anyone else out there!!
I was contacted by a man who initially called himself "Najim" then, during the course of our e-mails, started signing them Grey Wilkinson. Red Flag #1. He placed an order for 270 bars of soap to be shipped to Cairo using his preferred company Fast Cargo Express (email@example.com). The fact that I could find no such shipping company in the U.S. coupled with the hotmail e-mail address was red flag #2. Same scenario as most: contact company for shipping quote, would take credit card payment for order+shipping, Western Union shipping cost to bank account. Received e-mail from "Grey Wilkinson" (firstname.lastname@example.org) and shipping company both at 2:07pm, a highly unlikely coincidence. Red Flag #3. Finally told G. Wilkinson he would have to pay via Google checkout -- a third party site that would require him to enter credit information via a traceable i.p. address. He refused. I told him it was for my protection, he knew I was onto him, and I haven't heard from him since.
I just got the exact e-mail, but to use World Express Freight, who is ligit. The name contacting me is Scott Walter with the Deva Co. exact same address!
Thanks so much for the warning!
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.