I saw a thread on here about a scam operating in Taiwan and Japan a year or more ago. Well it appears they’re still at it.
I received an email from a Tom Douglas wanting to buy 300 of my books How to Grow Juicy Tasty Tomatoes to sell in his new shop. The english was dodgy, with no contact details and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. He offered to pay by credit card and insisted I get a quote for shipping from his airfreight company - email@example.com.
He would not provide details of his shop, answer my question about the books being in English - not Japanese, or respond to my requirements to pay by international money transfer or Paypal. I became suspicous and entered his address
8-10 Palazio Himonya Bldg. 1F, 2-chome Minami, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0013into Google search which bought up a bunch of comments from people who’ve had similar emails. So - it’s obviously a big hoax. Here’s the gist of the emails:
1st Email:my name is douglas i will like to purchase some of your product to one my new store in japan i will like to inform you that the method of my payment is credit card if this is accepted by you please kindly get back to me with your website address so as for me to choose the item needed
by me.sipping address8-10 Palazio Himonya Bldg. 1F, 2-chome Minami,
Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0013, Japan
2nd Email: [I]Thanks for the mail this are the item needed below
Tomato Growing Diary…QTY300
MY DELIVERY ADDRESS
8-10 Palazio Himonya Bldg. 1F,
Tokyo 152-0013, Japan
Also, I experience difficulties when it comes to getting orders to my
address here in japan i would be best if you contact the shipper which i used in the past (EASYWAYAIRcargo@yahoo.com you can also notify them with my customer id# TW36HFJ76T.
I will need you to obtain a quote and get back to me
with:COST OF THE ORDER
COST OF THE SHIPPING VIA EASYWAYAIR CARGO
TOTAL COST (ORDER + SHIPPING)
Once i have these details, i will get back to you with my credit card
details immediately. so you can charge and make the necessary shipping
3rd Email - received within 10 minutes of me requesting airfreight quote from easywayaircargo[I]Dear Client,
Thank you for contacting EasyWAYAir Shipping for your service.We ran into our data base on the location you provided and also rectified the customer id number (TW36HFJ76T) and later got to discover that we have shipped some herbs to Tom douglas in the past.We located in United Kingdom but help private customers in pick up like this. so getting your shipment to your client won’t be problem.For a shipment moving from Australia to JAPAN with the total Total weight and dimension you provide, below is the Standard and Express Shipment Air Freight quote
customer id number (TW36HFJ76T)
Express Shipment (2 to 3 days) $2, 689.22 AUD
Standard Shipment (3 to 7 days) $2, 399.10 AUD
The freight costs includes:
Collection from your Yard
Duties & taxesInland transit to JAPAN
InsuranceDoor To Door Delivery
Pick Up Address
Brisbane suburb of Cornubia Australia
8-10 Palazio Himonya Bldg. 1F,
2-chome Minami, Meguro-ku,
Pick up will be made by our agent in the states after payment is confirmed.We will need you to provide us with an estimate pick up date and time so that we can schedule a date and time for you before the the goods are ready for picked up as we normally have a lot of shipment request.As soon as we receive all necessary information from you we will proceed on the pick up at your location,Also i will like to inform you that we only accept Western Union Money Transfer/Money Gram for now prior to pick up and collection of package which will be paid as soon as the order is ready for pick up… so you would have to send us the amount to which the weight of the goods weight via western union/wire transfer so that we can do the pick up and settle the necessary tax and custom duties,this price includes insurance and all there duties,then we will get back to you with the necessary details.We have greatly reduce the price of your shipment… For further information don’t hesitate to contact us. Looking forward to be of more service to you
(E.M.S Services and Logistic)[/I]
I’m sharing all this so that if you receive anything like this, be aware it’s a total scam. They will not pay you though Paypal or Bank transer, as they want no record of payment or trace of IP. They are probably using a fake or stolen credit card. My guess is that I’ll shortly get an email asking me to pay the courier company direct.
I will be reporting this scam to ISPs live and yahoo - and the government watchdog here in Australia.