Warning: Fake shipping company scam

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I own an organic skin care company and received the following email on April 1, 2014:

Comments: Hello,
I want to place an order from you to our store in the Netherlands. i want to know if you can ship here and accept credit card as a form of payment.
reply back asap
thanks
Mary Wesley

I responded to the email. I didn't think much of it until a few days went by. The reason for this is that the person requesting the information stated that they wanted a rep/y "asap". In any case, after a week or so went by, I sort of forgot about the inquiry, until I received the following response today, April on the 10th:

Hello,
Thanks for your reply back. Its a pleasure receiving your reply back. I want to order for the below items for my customer's here, I want you to reply back with the total cost plus shipping quote. We're ready and can't wait to receive these wonderful products if yours here.
Your utmost reply back with the total quote will be highly appreciated.

THE ITEMS I'M IN INTERESTED IN ORDERING FOR IS LISTED BELOW AND ALSO MY ADDRESS FOR THE SHIPPING QUOTE::::

Citrus Spice Unrefined Shea Butter
QTY..............................24

Lavender Dream Shea Butter
QTY..............................24

Unscented Shea Butter
QTY..............................24

Citrus Spice Shea Nilotica (Certified Organic)
QTY..............................24

Lavender Shea Nilotica (Certified Organic)
QTY..............................24

Unscented Shea Nilotica (Certified Organic)
QTY..............................24

Argan Oil (Certified Organic)
QTY..............................24

Wild Harvested Shea Butter (5 Pounds)
QTY..............................24

...ADDRESS FOR THE SHIPPING QUOTE........

Mijnsherenplein 27B,
3081
CR,
Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Hope to read back from you with the total cost and we can proceed and finalized my order.

God bless you,

Mary wesley

For a second, I got a bit excited, until I started to think about this a bit more. Apparently "Mary Wesley" has a store, but never inquired about wholesale pricing. I don't know of any retailer that wouldn't ask about the wholesale prices for a product, especially since the items were to be shipped overseas at great cost. Anyway, I was going to email "Mary" back to ask for the name and website for her store, until I saw the email address. I did a search for MayWesleyltd and it took me to this site.

The thing I wonder is how they find stores to target. We are not a big company, but I guess that's the draw. As a smaller company, they may think that the prospect of a large order would be appealing, and that you would be less likely to question things and just ship the items. Be careful out there

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