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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Scam Email: Cynthia Brent

I will never understand the mentality of scammers. The below email was just forwarded to me. They placed a fake order and sent 3 different credit cards numbers to use. Did they not think that was going to raise some warning flags??? Also, how lame to not even spell your own faked name correctly below. Again, just another thing to make someone stop in their tracks and say, "whaaa?". "Bellow is my shipping" also doesn't help their case. I guess it is to our great fortune that these guys have so few brain cells.
Subject: I am interested in your products
From: Cinthia Brentboutique [cinthiabrentboutique@googlemail.com]

Dear Sales,

I am Mrs Cynthia Brent the owner of Cynthia Sexy Boutique, and I am interested in your products, kindly pls get back to me if you are interested in selling to me in other for me to make the selection of the products that am interested to buy from your company,

and my method of payment is Visa Or Master Credit card Payment method, and kindly pls don’t hesitate to reply back if you accept my method of payment, and you are also free to call my number bellow to discourse better, Tel;0022504269172,

Bellow is my shipping

327 Platue Rue 146 Abidjan
Ivory-Coast, West Africa,
Tel;0022504269172,

Best Regards

Mrs Cynthia Brent

39 comments:

  1. I just got a similar email - but thought it was strange that her email misspelled 'cinthia'. . .so I just did a search for that name. thanks for posting this, glad I didn't pursue their inquiry.

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  2. I also got that exact email! Thank goodness for Google!

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  3. Hello
    I actually got the same e-mail. but i also got 4 calls from them by an operator that translates and she indicated to me right away that this was a scam!!!!

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  4. That's totally funny! Their own phone translator giving them up. I love it!

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  5. Yes i got the email to steal my designer dresses
    bloody cheek, wrong spellings as well
    when i said bank transfer only I didnt hear no more!!
    sue

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  6. yes got the same e-mail....thanks to google

    these people should get caught

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  7. this is a scam


    Hello,

    I am Mrs Caroline Richards the owner of Mrs Caroline Sexy Boutique,I am interested in your products, kindly pls get back to me if you are interested in selling to me so that i can make the selection of the products that am interested to buy from your company,

    and my method of payment is Visa Or Master Credit card Payment method, and kindly pls don’t hesitate to reply back if you accept my method of payment,

    Bellow is my shipping

    327 Platue Rue 146 Abidjan
    Ivory-Coast, West Africa,
    Tel;0022504269172,

    Best Regards


    Mrs Caroline Richards.

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  8. I sent the scam e-mail to this person and still sending this back to me...the nerve of this person...

    Thanks for your mail,kindly pls go ahead and let me have only medium and small sizes only,

    Waiting to have my invoice,

    Waiting to hear from you soon,

    Best Regards

    Mrs Carolina

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  9. Yeah, I've seen this before. You see, it doesn't cost them anything to play dumb and try one more time to hook their victim into the scam. Remember, it doesn't take very many successful victims to make this scam totally worth their effort.

    It's not really about nerve - these guys have no moral compass - they are just working the steps of their scam.

    But good for you in NOT becoming one of their success cases.

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  10. I just received the exact same email, word for word, this scammer is not even creative enough to come up with something new. The first thing I did is to trace their IP address (41.207.20.108) which actually is a house in South Africa, but then luckily I stumbled upon this site with google search under "Mrs Caroline Sexy Boutique", so thank you for this useful blog.

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  11. yep.. i got it to..
    almost believed it.. thanks so much for google.

    here is the verbiage:

    Hello,
    I am Mrs Caroline Richards the owner of Mrs Caroline Sexy Boutique,I am
    interested in your products, kindly pls get back to me if you are interested
    in selling to me so that i can make the selection of the products that am
    interested to buy from your company,
    and my method of payment is Visa Or Master Credit card Payment method, and
    kindly pls don’t hesitate to reply back if you accept my method of payment,
    Bellow is my shipping
    7649 Treichville Rue 227 Abidjan
    Ivory-Coast,West Africa
    Tel;0022506303831
    Best Regards
    Mrs Caroline Richards.

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  12. Just received the same thing...

    I am Mrs Cinthia Shafunmijoo the owner of (Cinthia Shafunmijoo Sexy Boutique),
    my customer introduced your store to me and after going through it,i find
    out that you have nice products that fits my customers request,and i will
    like to update you that i am really really interested in your products,and
    kindly pls dont hesitate to get back to me if you are also interested in
    selling to my store,And i all be very happy to make my payment by Either
    Visa Or Master Credit card Payment method, and kindly pls

    don’t hesitate to reply back as soon as my payment method is okay by you,and
    also bellow is my shipping and belling address,

    456 Adjame Rue 567 Abidjan
    Ivory-Coast, West Africa,
    Tel;0022586943421

    Waiting to hear from you soon,

    Best Regards

    Mrs Cinthia Shafunmijoo

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  13. Oh My Gosh. I have been emailing with this lady this whole week. I gave her an estimate I worked with her and she provided me with exact same address. And I told her that the only method of payment we do is pay pal and direct bank deposit and she refused. And start telling me crap like the bank charges to much for pay pal and so on. You're kidding right? And she asked to add 100 more children sets, so she can pay with out delay.
    What a scam????
    I told her we will not cooperate with her because she appeared under scam! I am so upset, but than happy that I pulled her address up on Google. And start reading about the same address. And she is Janet Boutique not Cindy lol

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  14. Thank you for your info...i just got this lady in our email also, now she's Mrs. Edith Zegar Exclusive Boutique. I can not thank you enough for posting this so we can at least have some information on how much these people stink!

    Abidjan-Ivory Coast,
    West Africa

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  15. Just received same email. Thank you for the info share. ...

    From : btq btqcynthia1 btqcynthia1@gmail.com
    Subject : Wholesale Inquiries

    Dear Sales,

    I am Mrs Cynthia Bishop the owner of (Cynthia Sexy Boutique) I am interested
    in your products, kindly pls get back to me so that I can be able to make
    selections if you are interested in selling to me,My method of payment is
    Visa Or Master Credit card Payment method, and kindly pls don’t hesitate to
    reply back if you accept my method of payment,

    Bellow is my shipping

    234 ABOBO Rue 146 Abidjan
    Ivory-Coast, West Africa,
    Tel;0022586948399

    Best Regards

    Mrs Cynthia Bishop

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  16. this is his last mail, he changed the name of his boutique,
    Whats his gain here,how does he try to make money with us?

    Dear Sales,

    I am Mrs Nelly BAROU the owner of "NELLY'S Boutique"; so I am interested in your products, kindly please get back to me if you are interested in selling to me so that i can make selection of the products that am interested in buying from your company.

    Again, my method of payment will be by Visa Or Master Credit card Payment method.

    Kindly reply back if you accept my method of payment,

    Thanks,
    Mrs. Nelly
    7649 Treichville Rue 227 Abidjan
    Ivory-Coast,West Africa
    Tel;0022566615071
    missnelly20@live.fr

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  17. The basics of the scam are (they reveal all the parts of the scam in stages):

    1. They pretend to want to place a large order.
    2. They used to offer to pay by overnight check (which was always a fraudulent check) but then began to experience money loss because enough people would figure it out *after* they spent money on the overnight delivery. Now they offer to pay via credit card, which is always a stolen number. They try to use stolen numbers not yet reported so it clears on your end, but will eventually result in a chargeback - but by that time they have already executed their scam and are long gone.

    3. They come up with some elaborate story (all made up) about why they need to use their own shipping company.

    4. They come up with some elaborate story as to why they will be paying more than what is owed and you are to send the "difference" to their shipper to cover the shipping fee they charge. Always via Western Union. This is a big tipoff. There is no shipping company - it is just them at the other end of Western Union and once they have picked up your good money, they are completely untraceable. So the goal is to get your money before you, the bank, the credit card company all figure out that none of it is real... except your money that you forwarded as cash via Western Union to the scammers and then its too late.

    That's why I started the blog. It's hard to stop these vermin, but if people know enough to google them first when something doesn't feel right, and I keep posting all the scam emails I get and that people forward to me (or post themselves in the comments), then it will show up in google results and I can at least reduce their success rate.

    Glad to see you didn't fall victim to it.

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  18. received this email today & did a search to see if company was real. thanks for posting. Email ... delete.

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  19. Just received the same Email today 9/28/11 . Why hasn't the authorities put an end to the scammers . after reading all the posts , it is quite obvious that people have been getting emails like this for over a year !! I will send dog shit in a bag to he West Africa Address they give !!!

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  20. I get how you are feeling but really - they have made everything up. Their name is fake, the email address temporary and disposable, the West African address fake, their "story" - fake. It's all made up to trick people into giving their good money to a fake shipping company via Western Union... which is just them at the other end and once they pick up the money, it's untraceable and so are they.

    Really it's been going on for many many years. The authorities are not motivated to do anything because their feeling is a crime has not actually been committed until there is financial loss. And even then, these guys are notoriously hard to track down. Each case is too small pions for the government and that's exactly what the scammers are counting on. Each scam too small to attract the authorities but cumulatively they make money.

    It's frustrating but that is exactly why I started the blog - its one small way we can strike back. Posting these publicly (and educating artists to google search deals that don't seem quite right) is one way we can hit the scammers where it counts - make it hard for them to succeed at bilking people of their money.

    They say it doesn't cost the scammers anything to send out millions of emails, and this is true. Well, it doesn't cost me anything to post their crap on a blog and expose them to warn off other artists from becoming a victim.

    Glad to see you didn't become one today.

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  21. Thank you for the posts. I just received almost the same exact email but it was from Mrs. Edith Zegar, the owner of Mrs. Zegar Boutique. Shipping address is:
    7649 Treichville
    Rue 227 Abidjan
    Ivory Coast, West Africa

    Sometimes I love the internet!

    Creating Laugh Lines

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  22. Received Today:
    Dear Sales,

    I am Mrs Laquita Bishop the owner of (Bishop Sexy Boutique) I am interested in your products, kindly pls get back to me so that I can be able to make selections if you are interested in selling to me,My method of payment is Visa Or Master Credit card Payment method, and kindly pls don’t hesitate to reply back if you accept my method of payment,

    Bellow is my shipping

    234 ABOBO Rue 146 Abidjan
    Ivory-Coast, West Africa,
    Tel;0022586948399
    laquitatankersley@gmail.com

    Best Regards

    Mrs Laquita Bishop

    Seem comes from the same group of scammers

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  23. We received an inquiry from Miss Ann at Ann Sexy Boutique in Abidjan. We requested a business certificate. They sent one that is clearly altered and ... Written in English (not French).... Interesting.

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  24. Well, at least you made them do a little extra work for no results.

    Good job.

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  25. I got an email from Mrs Laquita Bishop today, I knew something was fishy with this, thanks so much for this site! This potentially saved my store a lot of money!!

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  26. I got an email from Ann Melton. This is what i got.

    Dear sales,

    I am intrested in your products kindly reply back if you are intrested to sell to my company and i will be glad to be one of your best customer . My preferred method of payment is by my credit card you can ship to my location via UPS, or FEDEX. let me know if you are willing to sell.

    Regards,
    Ann Melton

    Ann Boutique and showroom
    234 Abobo Rue 146 Abidjan
    Ivory-Coast,West Africa
    Tel:00225-673-32-425
    Fax:00225-48-35-97-77

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  27. Thanks ALL for posting for everyone else! I am SO thankful that I have enough smarts about me to know when a possible scam is being posed. I received this today, March 7, 2012 via my OWC Website email:

    Dear Sales,

    I am intrested in your products kindly reply back if you are intrested to sell to my company and i will be glad to be one of your best customer . My preferred method of payment is by my credit card you can ship to my location via UPS, or FEDEX. let me know if you are willing to sell.

    Regards,
    Ann Melton

    Ann Boutique and showroom
    458 Abobo Rue 846 Abidjan
    Ivory-Coast,West Africa
    Tel:00225-67147177
    Fax:00225-48-35-97-77

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  28. My online boutique received an email from "Ann" I do receive many international orders but this inquiry raised an eyebrow so I did a Google search on the E-mail. Wow great finding this blog! It's a waste of my time to correspond with this person. Thank you for this blog!

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  29. I rcvd this e-mail from ann.boutique@hotmail.com on 3/6/2012 about shipping them approx $30090 worth of merchandise against credit card. I got suspicious and never sent anything and thank God I did not because I checked on line with STOP ART SCAMS and It got confirmed that this was a scam. Here is the address of the boutique who sent me this e-mail

    Ann Boutique and showroom
    458 Abobo Rue 846 Abidjan
    Ivory-Coast,West Africa
    Tel:00225-67147177
    Fax:00225-48-35-97-77

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  30. I just received this e-mail today 9/12/2012

    Dear Sales,

    Thanks for your mail,i am not in USA but i am a citizen of USA,i just want to ship direct to my store in USA,i have also attach the scan copy of my driving license and international passport,

    Waiting to hear from you soonest,

    As soon as i hear from you about my invoice, i will send over my credit card inoformations in other for you to charge the total amount from it and ship out my goods,

    BELLOW IS MY SHIPPING ADDRESS

    234 ABOBO Rue 146
    Abidjan
    Ivory-Coast,
    West Africa

    OWNER
    Miss Linda Lin

    Thank you Google!!!
    I just searched the address and found so many scams!!!

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  31. DEAR SALES
    MY NAME IS CAROLINE BENSON THE OWNER OF CAROLINE BOUTIQUE IN ABIDJAN WE ARE AMONG THE BIGGEST SHOP IN OUR COUNTRY WE ARE DEALING IN BOTH MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN CLOTHES AS WELL AS FASHION ACCESSORIES
    PLEASE I WANT IF IT IS POSSIBLE FOR ME TO BUY SMALL QUANTITY OF GOODS IN YOUR COMPANY AND DELIVER TO ME IN IVORY COAST.
    MORE SO I WANT TO KNOW IF ITS POSSIBLE FOR ME TO MAKE THE PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD .
    UPON YOUR REPLY I WILL MAKE THE SELECTION AND SEND TO YOU IMMEDIATELY.
    REGARDS.
    BELLOWS IS THE SHIPPING ADDRESS DETAILS
    CAROLINE BOUTIQUE
    SHOP 325 BOULEVARD DE GARCON
    ABIDJAN
    COTE IVOIRE
    00225
    WEST AFRICA,
    MRS CAROLINE BENSON
    PHONE NUMBER-0022547127397
    carolineboutiquestore@gmail.com

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    1. THESE PEOPLE DON'T GIVE UP. I keep getting these emails too. Notice it is the same phone number.

      Dear Sales,

      I am Mrs Rita Anthony, a great boutique clothing store dealer, the name of my store is New World Fashion Store,

      I have gone through your store and I can see perfectly that your products are really nice,and i will be very happy if you can sell to my store, method of payment will be credit card payment method,

      As soon as I hear from you, I will send you my order over mail and can wait for my invoice attachment,

      BELLOW IS MY SHIPPING ADDRESS

      Mrs Rita Anthony
      New World Fashion Store
      120 Bolvard de Mairselle
      Abidjan 00225,
      Ivory-Coast, West Africa ,
      Phone No 0022547127397
      Email ;newworldfashionstore@gmail.com

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  32. OK, I just got this email offering to send a wire transfer. That's a new one. What is the risk with a WT?

    Name: CAROLINE BROWN
    Email: carolinebbrown00@gmail.com
    Phone: 0022575242354
    Body: SIR/MA

    MY NAME IS CAROLINE BROWN THE OWNER OF MONICA STORE AND WE ARE LOCATED IN THE CAPITAL OF COTE DIVOIRE AND WE ARE AMOUNG THE BIGEST STORE IN OUR COUNTRY PLEASE I WILL LIKE TO START A BUSSINESS RELATION SHIP WITH YOUR COMPANY AND I WILL APRECIATE IF YOU CAN DELIVER THE GOODS TO ME HERE IN OUR COUNTRY MORESO OUR MODE OF PAYMENT IS BY WIRE TRANSFERT
    OPON YOUR RESPOND I WILL SEND YOU THE LIST OF THE ITEMS REQUESTED FOR

    THANKS.

    CAROLINE BROWN.

    BILLING AND SHIPPING INFO
    OWNER NAME :CAROLINE BROWN
    SHOP NAME:CAROLINE BOUTIQUE
    SHOP ADDRESS: NO 56 BLVD DE GARBON
    CITY: ABIDJAN
    COUNTRY: COTE DIVOIRE
    ZIP CODE: 00225
    TEL:0022575242354.
    SALES MAN
    STEVE BENSON.
    carolinebbrown00@gmail.com

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  33. This one is offering to use a wire transfer. How does this scam work?

    Name: CAROLINE BROWN
    Email: carolinebbrown00@gmail.com
    Phone: 0022575242354
    Body: SIR/MA

    MY NAME IS CAROLINE BROWN THE OWNER OF MONICA STORE AND WE ARE LOCATED IN THE CAPITAL OF COTE DIVOIRE AND WE ARE AMOUNG THE BIGEST STORE IN OUR COUNTRY PLEASE I WILL LIKE TO START A BUSSINESS RELATION SHIP WITH YOUR COMPANY AND I WILL APRECIATE IF YOU CAN DELIVER THE GOODS TO ME HERE IN OUR COUNTRY MORESO OUR MODE OF PAYMENT IS BY WIRE TRANSFERT
    OPON YOUR RESPOND I WILL SEND YOU THE LIST OF THE ITEMS REQUESTED FOR

    THANKS.

    CAROLINE BROWN.

    BILLING AND SHIPPING INFO
    OWNER NAME :CAROLINE BROWN
    SHOP NAME:CAROLINE BOUTIQUE
    SHOP ADDRESS: NO 56 BLVD DE GARBON
    CITY: ABIDJAN
    COUNTRY: COTE DIVOIRE
    ZIP CODE: 00225
    TEL:0022575242354.
    SALES MAN
    STEVE BENSON.
    carolinebbrown00@gmail.com

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  34. It's a slight twist but not much of one. Wire transfer IS as good as cash so scammers don't typically offer this as an option. They want you to wire money to them. But they begin with this and may try to switch to another payment method. Keep a close eye on this.

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  35. I just got the same email. I replied and see what they want. hihihi. they don't know there is no street number in Abidjan.

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  36. I got one and they are pretending to be a business that actually exists in New York. But then they say they have a second store in Ivory-Coast. Please beware, everyone.

    "Hello,

    My name is Elizabeth Mckay,I am resident in New York,NY.

    I look forward to working with you in selling your products in my store.

    I will be very happy if you can offer us a discount on our order ..

    Please send us your catalog in pdf with prices in your next reply.

    We look forward to working with you.

    Thank you

    Regards,

    Elizabeth Mckay
    265 West 37th Street
    New York, NY 10018
    USA"

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  37. Presently am in the second store here in Ivory-Coast,sorry for inconveniences

    Bellows is the name and contact phone to reach me


    Elizabeth Mckay
    Mckay Fashion Store
    250 Rue de Commerce
    Abidjan 00225
    Ivory-Coast,Africa
    Phone No 00225 47127397

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  38. I just got an email from this person: Please read the message. I am so glad that I did not respond.


    Dear Sales,

    My name is MOEMA JOHN a boutique store owner in Abidjan
    with a registered name Boutique of NEW ERA STORE .
    I'm really interested in your product and would like to be one of
    your international customers.

    We deals in all kind of women,men aHuman hiar & accessories etc.

    It will be my joy if you ready to sell for me.

    I will also like to let you know that am going to pay by wire transfer as my mode of payment while shipping method should be UPS
    EXPRESS.

    I will be expecting your reply.

    Best regards.

    MRS MOEMA JOHN

    NEW ERA STORE
    AVENUE 15 RUE 12 TREICHVILE ABIDJAN
    IVORY COAST
    WEST AFRICA
    TELL 002250579940
    FAX 002252185695
    moemajohn2009@gmail.com

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