Thursday, September 27, 2012

Serena Warns You About Scam Artist Kathy!


 

Kathy strikes again! To all my fellow small business owners. Beware of a Kathy Thompson who sends you a email to purchase very large orders! It's a SCAM!

 I was almost a victim today, and thought today was the day I have been waiting for since 2007. I finally thought I could get my business off the ground, with this large order!


Below is what Kathy had to say in her email.

Hello,
Thanks for your reply back.I can't wait to have your lovely products in our store for my customers.Below listed is the items i want to order for and will want you to get back to me with total cost +shipping cost and i can provide you my credit card for you to charge and have my order ready and i can carry your product in our new inventory for our numerous customers.


MY ORDER............

  Sweet Aromas 4U
 Handcrafted Scented Candles
Pumpkin Spice Fall Themed Cake Candles
QTY...10

Pink Cake with Yellow/White Roses Candles
QTY...10


 Navy Blue Rose Garden Votive Candle
QTY...10

French Toast and Orange Juice Candles
QTY...10

 Three Pack Yellow & Brown Cupcake Candles
QTY...10

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

Van Eeghenstraat 60
Amsterdam 1071 GK
Netherlands

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

To read what other small business owners had gone through with Kathy visit Peace Love and Craftiness blog page.

 http://redeftdesigns.blogspot.com/2009/01/scam-update.html?showComment=1348771718195#c7620912434169005716


24 comments:

  1. I only ship overseas after carefully verifying the customer. I have received an e-mail from this "Carrie" with almost the exact items and phrasing above. Which of course already looked suspicious. I did send back an order quote, but have a feeling I'm going to receive the same type of reply as stated above.

    Thanks for posting this info, sometimes it's hard to track down foreign businesses details.

    BTW, she "Carrie" is using a new e-mail address "sweetcarrsst@yahoo.com" but still using the same shipping address:
    Van Eeghenstraat 60
    Amsterdam 1071 GK
    Netherlands

    -Owner QuestGifts

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    1. You are very welcome K! We Have to be very careful on who we do business and transactions with. Wishing for you the best in your business.

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    2. I got one just like that today, same person and contact.

      Heather
      Honestly Simple Soaps

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    3. look, yahoo IPs are not private. When someone sends you an email like this, check the originating IP.

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    4. This person is still at large this time the alias is Melissa Adcock, with shipper Patrick Lawson. I continued their game for about a week and was impressed yet terrified that there maybe some people that do fall for this scam as they actually provided a valid credit card which allowed for a $1926 charge. I issued a refund before their claim could come through.

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  2. Thanks for posting this, I just did a search for her email after receiving a response back from the quote I sent. Mine was also from "Carrie" with the same kind of order. =\

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    1. Yes Tammy it is true! We as small home biz moms, WHO mainly work from home, work to hard to allow scammers to Take us under. Wishing you the best in your business.

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  3. Yep! Me too. Glad you've posted about this -- thank you!

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    1. Kathy you are very welcome! As work at home moms and small business owners we have to look out for each other.Wishing you the best in your business.

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  4. Thank you for posting this! =)
    This person just emailed me this weekend requesting to purchase a large order--same as every one else above.
    I thought it seemed fishy....
    They are still going by the name Carrie Holmes with
    all the same info above.


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    1. You are very welcome. We Have to stay protected by scammers as best we can. They bring harm to Our small businesses. Wishing you the best in your business.

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  5. We got something similar find attached their emails and my responses.


    An email is sent in claiming to be representing a overseas business that would like to place wholesale orders.

    Example:

    From: Carrie [mailto:favsweetcarst@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2013 7:11 AM
    To: moxxxx@opinicussoaps.com
    Subject: order

    Apr 11, 2013 at 5:19 AM
    ________________________________________
    Name: Carrie
    Email address: favsweetcarst@yahoo.com

    Subject: order
    Message:
    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 Carrie

    I replied this:
    From: Lxxxx Redd
    To: 'Carrie'
    Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 10:02 AM
    Subject: RE: order


    Carrie,

    We
    do take credit cards, I would love to talk to you further, can you send
    me a contact number and some times that would be possible to get a hold
    of you about details. If we are shipping over seas the order would
    need to be placed manually.

    The reply that came back was interesting - no phone number, no actual business name, and a large order which did not select some vital information like scents of perfume. They also are not asking for wholesale pricing.

    From: Carrie Holmes [mailto:favsweetcarst@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:16 AM
    To: Lxxxxx Redd; Lxxxxx Redd
    Cc: Lxxxxx Redd
    Subject: MY ORDER FROM AMSTERDAM REPLY BACK ASAP

    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::::

    Premium Massage Oil
    QTY...10

    Natural Roll-On Perfume Oils (Choice of Scent)
    QTY...30

    Arnica Pain Away Cream
    QTY...30

    Arnica Pain Away Cream - 8oz
    QTY...30

    Bath Bombs - Lavender
    QTY...30

    Bath Bombs - Lemongrass
    QTY...30

    Bath Bombs - Set of 3 (lemongrass, lavender, speamint & basil)
    QTY...30

    Deodorant - No Aluminum, Glycol, Paraben
    QTY...30

    Shower Bombs - SinuCare
    QTY...30

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

    Van Eeghenstraat 60
    Amsterdam 1071 GK
    Netherlands

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


    This tipped me off that all was not well so I goggled the address and name and found that this is a scam!

    Here is a link that you might find helpful concerning this http://redeftdesigns.blogspot.com/2009/01/scam-update.html?showComment=1366303311712#c6281437715767126409

    This is the final reply I sent to this person:

    Carrie,

    Can you provide me with the name of your business as
    well as a contact phone number for you. I will also need resale license
    information as well as wholesale documentation licensure for you. As
    well as copies of the following: A copy of your business permit from the
    Netherlands, Taxation information, and a copy of your VAR statement

    I
    need a lot more information prior to setting up a business relationship
    with you. I do not set up wholesale accounts without all necessary
    paperwork which you have yet to provide me. Also we ONLY ship via our
    shipper not through yours for safety and insurance reasons.

    I am also concerned that I found these items when I put your name and address into Google.

    http://redeftdesigns.blogspot.com/2009/01/scam-update.html
    http://serenassweetaromas4u.blogspot.com/2012/09/serena-warns-you-about-scam-artist-kathy.html
    http://www.etsy.com/teams/7722/business-topics/discuss/11339326/


    Just thought that I would let you all know that this is out there!

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    1. Thank you so much, the more we band together on these scam artist. the better security we will have in our small growing businesses.

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  6. Thanks so much for posting this! You never know...we want the big orders but need to ask for all the information you listed...Thanks

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  7. We just received an identical email from this Carrie wanting to place a large online order with us : (. It's amazing how people scheme and scam out there, but after googling the address we found your warning and many many others! Thanx...Apparently, this scam has been going on for some time now. God only knows how many people fall victim to this person. I hope they get caught and prosecuted, but it proves how vigilant us small business owners have to be, especially online. It also proves just how depraved some people are : (

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  8. Thank you is all I can say. My online business received an order today from Carrie Holmes from Amsterdam. This order would have really been a great one for us. Out of curiosity I Googled their address and that is when I found the words SCAM. I read on and felt bad and glad. Bad that i wasn't getting the sale and glad that I did my research. I feel sorry for those who were duped by these people and I pray that they are soon caught. We received this order today and were waiting for their response with the quote we gave now at least we are armed with this information. Thank you again

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  9. Well I guess i was stupid, I got scammed! of coarse i did not read this till now, I just thought would try to look up her name and I came across this, She had me doing all the work for her, getting quotes for her placing the order for her, she even gave me 2 credit card numbers to run,
    So does any one have answers how to handle this, i am new to the biz who do i go to so clear my name?
    Please send me a response
    Thank you

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  10. Well I guess that I was taken advantage of also. I stopped the order before it shipped so I still have the product but lost money as Carrie had me Western Union 1/2 of the freight cost for 1/2 of the product order then Carrie put a hold on the shipment (Thank goodness). I wish I had read these articles before I jumped in as I was like a few of you thinking that my website was finally getting going. It really makes you stop and wonder about people and I guess I won't be so trusting in the future. Thank you.

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  11. Well it would seem that Carrie is now attempting to pull her scams as Melissa Adcock - email address: melggbstores@yahoo.com and she is using the carrier, LongSpeedFreight - e-mail address: contact person: Patrick Lawson. She actually requested for me to give an additional $750 for another transaction she had with LongSpeedFreight through a Money Gram/Western Union/Money Order. Here is the last e-mail I received from her and I do not intend on replying to any more that she sends to me:

    Hello,
    Thanks for the total quote of my order.The total cost of my order is okay with me and I'm ready to pay the bills and want you to send me an invoice via email and i will advise with my Credit Card for you to charge for the payment of my order. But, i just got a response from my shipping Agent that He cannot receive payment via credit or debit card from me at the moment due to some circumstance beyond their control. I want you to help me Charge another $750USD to my shipping agent who is going to pick up my ordered items from you.

    The $1180.98 USD that will be sent to the shipping agent is for the shipping of my order plus other items i ordered from different countries which will be deducted from my credit card. Also, I'm compensating you with the sum of $150 USD for the transfer fee and for surcharge. Please note that i should have given the shipping agent my credit card for him to deduct the shipping funds but He told me that he doesn't have the facilities to charge or debit credit card at the moment,so that's why i bring my vote of confidence in you and i don't want you to betray the vote of confidence i put in you. I want you to transfer the funds to him after you have make the charges and the money charged from my credit card has cleared your account, then you can now make the transfer to the agent via western union. I will have love to do this my self but there no Western union here around me,So the charges you'll make on my credit card will be:

    Order Fee ($2,240 USD
    Agent fee with shipping fare ($1180.98 USD)
    Transfer Fee plus Your compensation ($150 USD)
    Total:($3,570.98 USD)

    Note: My credit card will be charged for the amounts above. Please do get back to me if you are in the office right now so that i can forward my credit card details to you, then you can charge full amount and transfer the agent shipping funds to Him via western union or money gram any that is closer to you.

    Hope you understand?
    Thanks for your co-operation & understanding. This is the beginning of a long time business relationship together.
    Hope to read from you ASAP
    Thanks and God Bless you

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    1. Hello Serena,
      Please delete my comment that I made under my business name, Elysian Organics. As I read another poster state...you don't want your business name to get associated with this scammer. I would sincerely appreciate it if you would delete my comment, or post as anonymous. Thanks!

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  12. Melissa Adcock also tried this me but I was wary from the start. I questioned why I would have to pay the shipping and got the same response as other people. I knew nothing was going to leave my store until it was all paid for and she did provide a credit card number but it was declined. So with a little digging we came across these warnings and it just confirmed that age old saying - if it sounds too good to be true...

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