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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Scam Email: Pete Anderson

Here is an interesting exchange an artist forwarded to me.

Kathleen,

Thanks for your efforts.  This is the original e-mail used to contact me.  It's rather humerous. There is no listing for his company name, the address belongs to a bed and breakfast and the phone number belongs to a radio station.

I will also send the e-mail with the fake shipping company information.

I am going to go along with it and report the credit card numbers I am given as stolen.

Best regards,

Steve

First Email (the scammer didn't even personize the TO field):
From: Pete Anderson
To: panderson223@yahoo.com
Subject: Order Request

Dear Sir,
With much regards to your company, I will like to buy some sculptures from your shop and am interested in some wildlife sculptures so kindly get back to me here with the price list of the wildlife sculptures you currently have in stock. Hope to read from you soon with your response.

Kind Regards

Peter Anderson
Sales Manager

Aubrey's Industries
1702 Post Office St.,Galveston,TX,77550
P-832-713-8267 ext 328
Then the artist wrote a shipping quote to the shipping company, but of course that just goes to the scammer and the scammer had a whole silly official-looking email prepared for that. Notice how the total amount adds up to a high enough amount to make their scam really worth it if the victim decides to "forward" that amount from their good money thinking the buyer had paid it but it will be a stolen credit card number. Also notice the mistakes in filling out their fake email and the signature of Mark Morgan is actually another common name scammers use and pretending to be a buyer. Finally, notice in the shipping how the destination client is now listed as Ken Moore (another common scammer fake name, they must just pull these from a database) instead of actual fake buyer Pete Anderson. Guess the scammer forgot to change this part...
From: FL Cargo [flcargo@cooltoad.com]
Subject: Re: Att. Mr Mark Morgan shipping quote

Dear Customer
Thank you for your interest in using Frontline Cargo Freight and logistics for your shipping needs and services and below is the information regarding the shipping quote and payment terms for pick up schedule to final destination
***INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING QUOTE REQUEST***
Your Shipping Request ID: 00610354172TT
For = [artist name inserted here]
From = USA
To = Haiti
Origin Address = [artist address inserted here]
Origin City = [artist city inserted here]
Origin State = [artist state and zip inserted here]
Origin Country = USA
Destination Address = C/O Ken Moore 32 Route Nationale #1
Destination City = Hout bay
Destination State = Port-au-Prince, 0509
Destination Country = Haiti
Import customs = Yes
Pickup Date = N/A
No. of Pallets = 1
No. Of Packages= 5
Package Dimension = N/A
Total Weight = 120lbs
The Quote for the Shipping is further broken down below :

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***************
International Shipping Cost                              :$   920.00
International Airway Taxes (I.A..T)                      :$   530.00
Packaging and Pick Up Charges                            :$   220.00
Import Taxes (Haiti)                                     :$   75! 0.00
Tariffs and customs clearance duties
And Delivery To Destination Address                      :$   310.00

******************************************************************************
***************
Total Quote for the Freight by air                       :$ 2,730.00

******************************************************************************
***************
This freight charges include, International Air-way taxes and tariffs(I.A.T.), import & customs levies (Clearance Duties) and door - door delivery.The bill of lading & all documentation will be taken care of by the driver at the time of Pickup. And the shipment will take 3-4 business days to deliver at the door step in Haiti
For International Shipments:
(To or From outside the USA or elsewhere): Cargo insurance will be issued "Institute Cargo Clause (C)", unless you have arranged otherwise, which is primary coverage for the following perils: Fire or explosion, the vessel being stranded, grounded, sunk or capsized, overturning or derailment of land conveyance, collision or contact of vessel craft or conveyance, discharge of cargo at a port of distress, general average sacrifice and jettison. This applies to shipments moving by truck, boat or plane.
TE! RMS OF PAYMENTS
NOTE: For international shipment, we don't accept third part payment. The shipping charges for the shipment will have to be paid to the shipping company via bank transfer or money gram money transfer by the customer in charge of the order at the pickup location. As at now we (Frontline Cargo Freight and logistics) only accept payment via money gram or bank transfer and it is our policy that the payment must be made from the pickup location or company. We (Frontline Cargo Freight and logistics) are doing our best to start accepting the major credit cards soon. The payment must be made prior to pick up to the Financial controller in the head quarters .Once the payment is made, we (Frontline Cargo Freight and logistics) start the documentation and will come over and pick up units at the time you want. If your customer agrees and finalize the payment with you then you get back to us for the information to make payments to. Thank you for contacting Fron! tline Cargo Freight and logistics Limited. For your International busi ness shipping needs. Please include Shipping Request ID: 00610354172TT to all follow-up emails for reference purposes. Please note our truck will come over to pick them up at your location.

Regards,
Mark Morgan
Frontline Cargo Freight and logistics

7 comments:

  1. I received an email from this same email address wanting something I had on craigslist to be sent to Nigeria for his "grandson" as a gift. I received a phony paypal confirmation email telling me the funds would be released when I provided a tracking no. I logged into paypal and there was no activity. Definitely a scam. Always look into strange activity.

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  2. Yep, just received one from "burnickmillan72@gmail.com" with a respond to address of "peteranderson200@yahoo.com". Going to copy this blog as a response to him. lol

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  3. Just received the follow from Peter Anderson, I thought it was a scam.


    Peter Anderson peteranderson200@yahoo.com
    11:51 AM (7 minutes ago)

    to me
    Thanks for accepting my offer and i am buying the item as a birthday gift
    for dad and i am at sea at the moment as i am a marine engineer and due to the nature of my work,phone calls making and

    visiting of website are restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding it. I really

    want the item to be a surprise for dad so i wont let him know anything about the item until it gets delivered to him , i am

    sure he will be more than happy with the item.I insisted on paypal because i dont have access to my bank account online as i

    dont have internet banking, but i can pay from my paypal account, as i have my bank a/c attached to it, i will need you to

    give me your paypal email address so i can make the payments asap for the item and pls if you dont have paypal account yet,

    it is very easy to set up, go to www.paypal.com.and get it set up , after you have set it up i will only need the e-mail

    address you use for registration with paypal so as to put the money through.I have a pick up agent that will come and pick

    the item up after i have made the payment.

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  4. I'm a small publisher in Sydney, Australia. I also got one from Eric Anderson, same format as all the others.

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  5. I received one today! Hahaha.

    "I contact you to assist in a deal (name now withheld since this is my second email to you). Acceptance, I need your phone number and reply to this email (peteranderson@att.net) for more explanation. Schmitt for Peter Anderson.



    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE
    This e-mail and the files transmitted with it are intended solely for the use of addressee. If you are not the intended recipient, or a person responsible for delivering this e-mail to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this e-mail in error and that any use, dissemination, distribution, forwarding, printing, or copying of this email is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender immediately by replying to this e-mail and deleting it from your computer."

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  6. We've received one as well. I purposely gave inaccurate and incomplete information to see if he would actually quote it. This is the response I got. Take note of the "We only accept wire transfers" part.

    Dear ,

    Many thanks for contacting Dxb Freight Ltd for your quotation, please see rate as requested.


    QUANTITY AND WEIGHT OF THE CONSIGNMENT:
    3 Pallets - 195lbs/ea


    Door to door (3 to 5 days) US$2650.20
    The freight costs includes:
    Customs clearance
    Duties & taxes
    Insurance


    PICK-UP ADDRESS:
    Los Angeles, CA 90023 USA


    SHIP-TO ADDRESS:
    Laubisrütistrasse 84
    8712 STÄFA
    SCHWEIZ (Switzerland)



    Pick up will be made by our agent after payment is confirmed. We will schedule a date and time for the pick up. Also we will like to inform you that we only accept Wire Transfer directly from your company for now prior to pick up and collection of package which will be paid in full before we come for pickup, we do not have the facilities to accept credit card, so you would have to send us the full amount via Wire Transfer so that we can do the pick up, then we will get back to you with the necessary details.

    Quote valid for 30 days.

    Best regards
    David
    Customer Service,
    Dxb Freight Ltd

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  7. I too got an email from Peter Anderson, Switzerland wanting to buy Lentilicious product. After many emails back and forth including the one below from DXB Freight, Ltd. I just knew it was a scam!
    Dear ,

    Many thanks for contacting Dxb Freight Ltd for your quotation, please see rate as requested.


    QUANTITY AND WEIGHT OF THE CONSIGNMENT:
    Coconut Fusion with Cardamom - 16 cases (60 LBS)
    Mediterranean - 10 cases (38 LBS)
    Red Chili - 16 cases (60 LBS)
    Total Case count - 6 packs
    Total Case Weight - 3.7 lbs
    Outer Case Size - 7 X 5 X 6
    No inner Case - just the 6 packs


    Door to door (3 to 5 days) US$1610.20
    The freight costs includes:
    Customs clearance
    Duties & taxes
    Insurance


    PICK-UP ADDRESS:
    Old California
    25613 Dollar Street
    Suite #14
    Hayward, CA 94544



    SHIP-TO ADDRESS:
    Laubisrütistrasse 84
    8712 STÄFA
    SCHWEIZ (Switzerland)



    Pick up will be made by our agent after payment is confirmed. We will schedule a date and time for the pick up. Also we will like to inform you that we only accept Wire Transfer directly from your company for now prior to pick up and collection of package which will be paid in full before we come for pickup, we do not have the facilities to accept credit card, so you would have to send us the full amount via Wire Transfer so that we can do the pick up, then we will get back to you with the necessary details.


    Quote valid for 30 days.


    Best regards
    David
    Customer Service,
    Dxb Freight Ltd

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