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.
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.
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 <email@example.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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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: email@example.com Or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.