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Hello all, sorry i've not posted for an age - been really busy with loadsa stuff at work.

 

Thought I'd best pass this on though - really important.

 

Over the past 3 months over 6 engraving companys have been targeted by a "customer" in the London area wishing to order 1000 pieces of trophy aluminium, measuring 24" x 12". The "customer" pays by credit card over the phone or by email, but the funds never clear.

Don't be fooled into buying this material from your suppliers (hopefully me :wink: ), without securing full payment for said order.

 

I know of 2 that unfortunately have fallen fowl of this, and i'd hate for any of you guys to get stung too.

 

Kev

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Guest Iain Cheall

Look what arrived in my inbox today

 

Dear sales,

 

I will like a price quote and availability of the item below:

 

1200 PCS OF 12" x 24" .025" Bright Gold Aluminum Sheets.

 

I will forward my credit card details for payment as soon as I receive the price quote.And include the shipping cost by door door delivery to UK address below .

 

Awaiting your swift response.

 

Regards,

Bola.

 

 

I will send him a price but I ain't ordering anything in until I have recieved the funds.

 

I have googled the address given in the email and it is a freight forwarders in south london.

 

Kev If you want to give the address to any of your customers that have been stung let me know and I will PM it to you

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mr bola tried to get me too i quoted him £26.50 per sheet and he gave me five credit card details to take payment

 

 

watch out for these guys too.

 

Hi , Good day

 

My name is Mr.Frank and i want to know if you carry trophies.If yes i want to purchase three feet trophy ,inform of a cup and flat wooden base with a soccer player on the top and colonms should be blue or silver.The engraving should ( be Praise be to God ) .Attach is the type of trophy am looking and i will appreciate if u get back to me with the total cost of 20 pcs so that i can provide u with my mastercard to bill for the total charges.Wish u all the best in business and hope to hear from u soon .

 

Best regards

Frank Gate

 

 

 

Hello Andy,

My name is Maurice Jones a called you a while ago regarding my order on a trophies.i will like an Exclusive Football Trophy, ceramic 21.5 inches tall, glass base and will like you to email me with the price plus vat on that so that i can email you back with the quantities i will need.Hope to hear back grom you soon

Many Thanks

Maurice Jones

 

 

HELLO SIR/ MADAM,

THIS IS LARRY AND I THANK YOU FOR THE CHAT ON THE PHONE AND I REALLY APPRECIATE TO DO BUSINESS WITH YOU, AND I WILL LIKE TO MAKE AN URGENTLY ORDER OF A TROPHIES . MALES 200 FEMALS 200.I NEED 400 PCS OF THEM AND I WILL BE APPRECIATE IF YOU CAN EMAIL ME BACK WITH THE TOTAL COST PLUS TAX, EXCLUDING SHIPPING. AND I WOULD SEND FOR THE PICKUP AS SOON AS THE TROPHIESARE READY...SO LET ME KNOW THE TOTAL COST SO THAT WE CAN PROCEED ON WITH THE ORDER.AND ALSO ADVICE ME WITH THE METHODS OF PAYMENT THAT YOU DO ACCEPT.KINDLY GET BACK TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

THANK YOU

STAY BLESSED,

LARRY..........

 

 

DEAR CUSTORMER SERVICE,

MY NAME IS BRYTE COLE I WANT TO ORDER THREE FETT TROPHY ,INFORM OF A CUPAND A FLAT WOODEN BASE .WITH SOCCER PLAYER ON THE TOP and COLONMS SHOULD BLUE OR SILVER .THE ENGRAVING SHOULD BE(SUMAILA LONDON) .

 

WISHES YOU ALL THE BEST IN YOUR BUSINESS AND HOPE TO HEAR FRORM YOU SOON.

 

BESTREGARDS

BRYTE COLE

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I had this yesterday.

 

 

Dear sales, I will like a price quote and availability of the item below: 1200 PCS OF 12" x 24" .025" Bright Gold Aluminum Sheets. I will forward my credit card details for payment as soon as I receive the price quote.And include the shipping cost by door door delivery to UK address below . Awaiting your swift response. Regards,Coker.

 

Name.. Paul Coker.Unit E1 Tynon Trading Estate,Cody Road, London. E16 4SPUnited Kingdom.

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This type of e-mail is not restricted to just trophies. We get them everyday and most are conected to either Uganda or Nigeria. They are best left well alone. :evil:

 

Our response is to ask them for more details about their enquiry which causes them a little concern and normaly results in them dropping their enquiry. Surprise, surprise. :roll:

 

You get a feel for them after 2000 of them. You can normaly tell by the way they write, their grammer is awful and they often shout (upper case) too!!

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just got this one this morning.

 

Dear sir/Ma

 

I got your contact while i was trying to search for your .025" x 12" x 24" - Bright Gold Aluminum Plate,i need 500 units Kindly let me know the cost of this product and let me have the shipping charges with vat charges if neccesary.As soon as you get back to me with the total cost i will farword you my cc details to process for payment.confirm this and get back to me as soon possible so that we both move farword in this matter.you will have to ship this to Uk.here is my deliver address below.

 

Unit E1 Tynon Trading Estate,

Cody Road , London

E16 4SP

 

Your anticipated

Tom West.

 

my response? meet me by the river with a silver briefcase full of diamonds, please wear a yellow ribbon in your hair. the password is "go away before i call Matt Allbright"

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Dear sir/Ma

 

I got your contact while i was trying to search for your .025" x 12" x

24" - Bright Gold Aluminum Plate,i need 500 units Kindly let me know the

cost of this product and let me have the shipping charges with vat charges

if neccesary.As soon as you get back to me with the total cost i will

forward you my cc details to process for payment.confirm this and get back

to me as soon possible so that we both move farword in this matter.you will

have to ship this to Uk.here is my deliver address below.

 

Unit E1 Tynon Trading Estate,

Cody Road , London

E16 4SP

 

Your anticipated

Tom West.

 

 

 

Me Too :lol: :lol:

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Hi Everyone,

 

Just some other things to bear in mind. Had a customer that got scammed by the same people, they enquired and brought of them an engraving machine. They used visa cards again to pay and unfortunatley the customer didn't get his money.

 

One of the new ones that is going round is banners for a church, they ask for a few hundred with the words 'Praise God' on them.

 

I have also recieved the email for the 1200 - off 24" x 12" trophy aluminium, have quoted them and told them I would need cash up front or a cheque (obviously to be cleared first) and shock I have never heard from them again!!

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I got the tom west one too I replied with I need a cheque up front.

 

I have also forwarded both onto trading standards dept at local council. expect it was deleted if anyone bothers to even read it.

 

Also whilst doing the last renewal of my Carraige of dangerous goods licence we were told by anti terrorist squad officers that we should look out for parcels being badly spelt labels and over elaborate use of the language along with many other things and if in doubt to tell them.....I am considering telling them about these

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how shall i respond to this one? the best suggestion will be e-mailed back to him :lol:

 

 

DEAR CUSTOMER SERVICE,

 

HELLO GOOD DAY,MY NAME IS MR.CHURCK MELLINGER AND CONTACT TO KNOW IF YOU CARRY TROPHIE'S, Silver Resin Figures 120 x 120 pixels - 5k - jpg,120 x 120 pixels - 5k - jpg,IT FOR FOTBALL SPORTS AND I NEED 200' PIECES OF THEM AND HOW SOON CAN YOU GET THEM READY FOR ME?..IT WILL BE PICKED UP. I WANT YOU TO EMAIL ME WITH THE TOTAL COST PLUS TAX FOR THE 200 PCS, I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU FOR THE TOTAL PLUS TAX, SO THAT I CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH MY MASTER CARD FOR YOU TO RUN IT THROUGH FOR THE WHOLE TOTAL AMOUNT.

 

 

I PATIENTLY WAIT TO HEAR FROM YOU SOONEST.WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST.

 

BEST REGARD'S,

MR.CHURCK MELLINGER.

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BEWARE, they now have a new tactic, i've had a phone call from one who wanted 200 remarkable trophies with "be praised to god" i naturally asked a few standard security questions. mothers maiden name, dogs name, any distinguishing marks, did you pack your own suitcase, have you ever had crabs etc. he answered all my questions until i ran out of ideas. then i said i would get back to him after i ran his credentials through interpol. he said he would call back later with his mastercard details and he wished me all the success in my business enterprises. :smt102

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I have had a phone call from trading standards and an email

 

Dear Sir

 

Thank you for your email as discussed I will forward these details to the scambuster team and also the home authority in the area that the business requests that the goods are to be sent.

 

Any further concerns please do not hesitate to contact me

 

Regards

 

Martin Burns

 

He has promised to keep me informed so watch this space

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Thank you very much for getting bvack to me.Onc again i appreciate doing business with you and i will like you to know that i want the Silver Resin Figures 120 x 120 pixels - 5k - jpg and i need 50 pc's okay i will be picking it up so i will be appricate if you get back to me with the total cost for the 50 pc's so that i can provide you with my credit card to bill the charge's .

 

Thank's ,

 

Mr.Churck Mellinger .

 

my response?

 

I don’t have silver, but I do have some gold racing figures in stock, 120cm x 120cm, or for 5k I can certainly sell you 50 laptops, but not sure about the pc’s.

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Another update from my local Trading Standards

 

Dear Sir

 

Im just informing you of what I have done with regards to your complaint

 

The Home Authority were the address of the goods were to be sent visited were visited by Trading Standards Officers however the site did not exist and no trace could be found of the bogus trader.

 

This doesn't surprise me as because if there is a scam they move around and use various names and postal addresses

 

Also my colleagues in that area are reporting your complaint to the local police fraud squad so that they can add the scam to their records for any further investigation

 

Im sorry that there was not more information I can give you at this present time however if you have any further info please do not hesitate and contact me.

 

Regards

Martin Burns

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