Warning – Scams used against antique dealers

Warning – Scams used against antique dealers

Below are the latest scams used to try to fraudulently steal antiques from antique dealers so I am publishing them as I come across them to warn everybody before they fall foul to these scam artists. We will be updating this regularly but please let us know if you have also been affected to warn others in the comments section below.

on 24/07/2014 Lapada sent –

We have just been emailed with a fraud alert from LAPADA, so we are publishing it on our blog to pre-warn people who may be contacted.

Dear LAPADA members,

We have been alerted by Mike Collinson at Besso Limited that a number of clients, both LAPADA and not, have been stung by a crook in Amsterdam, his details are as follows:

Dirk Lanssens
Hogevecht 117
1102 HG Amsterdam
Tel 0031 6 470 98216

We believe he has also used the name of Mr Raphael Richards;

The modus operandi is always the same – he telephones an order for an item(s) of jewellery he has seen advertised by a dealer on the internet and asks for it to be shipped quickly as it is a (e.g.) birthday present for his wife or similar so even if asked to pay by bank transfer he says he cannot as it will take too long to go through, so he pays by card, normally Barclaycard.

He has an African accent and he has been traced (by Andrew at 225 Jewellery Exchange) via Google maps and the address above to a council type block in Amsterdam which would not be associated with someone making purchases of jewellery with values of circa £5,000 – £10,000.

Barclaycard have to date allowed all the transactions but then claimed the monies back once they realise the transaction is fraudulent, quite why they have no central system for monitoring this man and his cards is beyond us but it is not unusual for banks to turn a blind eye in our experience.

We wish to emphasise that either BACAS or even Paypal should be used if at all possible to try to prevent this type of thing happening

Please be vigilant!

Best Wishes,

Sarah Percy-Davis

LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers

535 Kings Road
London
SW10 0SZ

on 28/10/2014 Lapada sent –

It has been brought to our attention by KCSADA, the Kensington Church Street Art & Antiques Dealers Association, that some of their members have been contacted by a suspicious young man attempting to buy items over the phone by credit card under various guises.  We know of three dealers who have been contacted from the number 07454 22 44 55.

Twice the man has had a British accent, says he’s from Dubai but living in London and would like to send a courier to pick up the items that he has intended to buy over the phone by credit card. One of these dealers said that he went by the name Nico Patel.

The third dealer reported that they received a call from the same number but from a French man called Jean Bernard who also wanted to pay over the phone by credit card and have a courier pick the items up immediately. A few minutes later a man (with a very similar voice) called to enquire about a different item. When asked if he had just called a moment earlier he said he had the wrong number and hung up the phone.

There seems to be a lot of suspicious activity happening at the moment and, as always, we advise our members to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious to us and the relevant authorities.

On 13/10/2014 Lapada sent –

It has been brought to our attention that a suspicious couple have been targeting a silver dealer in the London area.

A man and a woman called to buy items from their website and pay by credit card. They tried to arrange collection via courier. After they purchased the first item, the dealer received a call under a different name and different billing address but attempting to use the same credit card. They are apparently fairly aggressive on the calls and have demanded the items be sent immediately.

The man has given his name as both Edward Luchberg and David Luchberg, while the woman gave the name Jane Watts.

They finally asked for a cash refund for the original item, saying that it was an unwanted gift. They have since been calling the dealer a number of times despite having been reported to the police.

Please remember to be vigilant with online purchases, especially with credit card payments, and to report any suspicious behaviour to the authorities.

On 05/08/2014 Lapada sent –

It has been brought to our attention that a potential fraudster has been contacting members through their Online Gallery listings, attempting to pay with cheques far in excess of the amount due.

Cheque overpayment fraud is when a fraudster pays a business for goods or services by a fraudulent cheque. The cheque is made for higher than the actual value.The business reimburses the fraudster with the excess amount of money that was apparently paid to it, before it discovers that the cheque was not genuine.Not only does the business go unpaid for the goods or services, but loses further money because of the ‘excess payment’ it paid the fraudster.

In the case reported to us, these are the details of the fraudster:

Khatib Bin Fareeq
Fareeq procurement llc
Building 80026 Al Suwan Area
31 United Arab Emirate.
Phone:+971557683049
Fareeqprocurementllc@hotmail.com

We advise all members to be vigilant and to report any other recent examples of fraud to us and to www.actionfraud.police.uk.

On 23/09/2013 Lapada sent –

LAPADA Director Anthea Gesua has alerted us to another scam, in the form of a bogus, fraudulent ‘customer’.

Mrs Gesua writes “Please alert all members that I have personally experienced and heard of attempted scams related to bank transfers.   If anyone gets an email from a person that you have already sent, or agreed to send bank transfers to,  asking you to transfer money to a different bank account  number from the one you normally use for that customer, please check with the customer, before transferring the money. These emails are sent by people who have hacked into your emails, pretending to be the genuine customer youwant to transfer funds to.  Several dealers have been fooled and lost money”.

The advice is as always – be vigilant!

Latest antique email scams to watch out for – 2013/02/29

A number of antique dealers have reported to us some suspicious buying activity by fatiamohammed.trading@gmail.com from Dubai. The company is Aabar Global Ali Zahrat and Trading Company LLC. And ABDUL MUSTAPHA TRADING L.L.C Abdulmustapha76@yahoo.com. from United Arab Emirate

We recommend you simply delete emails as these are scams, being that the buyer sends an amount well above the asking price, and then requesting that you give the money to their courier.

Here is an example sent to us a couple of days ago –

Good day to you there!

Haven gone through your company’s website accordingly, we would need you to know that the following has our attention for an immediate purchase:

Antique Victorian Marble Top Console Table – Side Table

Height 84cms/33inches

Width 122cms/48inches

Depth 53cms/21inches

Ref No 03171

Kindly supply detailed information about the above listed with applicable prices not forgetting to give a shipping quote/advise too down to United Arab Emirates(UAE).

Will be glad to read from you soon.

Warm Regards,

ABDUL MUSTAPHA TRADING L.L.C

12,Abu Shagara Street

Sharjah

United Arab Emirate

Email:Abdulmustapha76@yahoo.com

phone:+971556181940

always be aware of these emails as they are very clever in trying to scam you of your hard earned money or antique furniture.

Ali McGregor says:

3rd May 2012 at 11:34 am

I am getting the same thing seems fraudlent – deleting accordingly thanks for writing this up.

We are a manufacturing business

ali

The latest PayPal scam with antiques sold on eBay – 2011/07/29

Beware of the latest paypal scam where people who sell antiques and antique furniture via EBAY.  The latest scam targets sellers who allow buyers to collect items in person from there shop or home. When the buyer arrives at the shop or home to collect the goods they ask if they can pay via paypal through the sellers computer. The buyer then pays and the seller checks that payment had been cleared via PayPal, which it has

Around one hour later, the seller received an email from PayPal saying that the buyer claimed that their account had been hacked into and the payment was not authorised. PayPal then withdrawers the payment because the seller had no receipt proving postage or delivery, which meant that they did not qualify for PayPal’s Seller Protection policy. PayPal have now warned that sellers should not allow antiques or items to be picked up from personal addresses, both because of the ‘hacking’ scam, but also because in other cases buyers claim never to have received the goods. If they do collect then i would recommend you ask for ID and also get a signature that they collected in person.

Latest email scam aimed at antiques dealers – 2011/12/14

Here are several emails sent to ourselves and also over 100 antique dealers, so please be aware, these are scam emails.

Email sent from: micheal.lawrence69@yahoo.com

Good day i like to know if your item is still available for sale Regards

Reply

Also from

Email sent from: jonnycole60@yahoo.com

“Hello, I”m Jonny and i came accross your contact details through web directory concerning the item you have for sale and im highly interested in purchasing it . I will like to know all the details about the item before proceeding with the payment….. 1. How long have you owned it? 2. Why are you selling it? 3. Last Price? So your swift response to these required information would be highly entertained before proceeding to the next stage, the method of payment is Cheque. Kindly email back, if it”s still forsale. Hope to hear from you Asap. Regards Jonny”

Also from

Email sent from: marrycollins123@yahoo.com

“Hello , My name is marry .Am here to tell you that I saw your advertised and am interested in buying the item, Please let me know if it is still available for sale and perhaps in good condition. I am waiting your response to my mail and I will also proceed with purchase if it is still for sale and also in good condition as I have requested earlier on and also the price of the item Thanks so much and I will be waiting for your response asap God bless.”

They then reply with

Good day

Thank you for your response

the asking price is fine with me

I want to go to your place to display the item, but not right now because of the nature of my work

I viewed the item online very good and I am so happy with what I’ve seen so far and I am ready to make payments with certified checks and waits until the check clears in your bank accounts and sending my agents come to pick up the item as soon as you have confirmed that the check has been cleared as 100% of your bank accounts

Please complete the following information to complete the check

check. NAME ……………

Address Postal Code ……….

STATE …….

CITY “in the country ……….

TEL NUMBER ……..

LAST OFFER ……….

I will ensure that you receive the payment of at least four working days. As for sending as soon as you confirm to me that the box is cleared in your account, I will inform my shipper to come for the pick up immediately gently remove the item from which you advertise on the Internet because I am ready to make payment for it and consider it sold to make me come back to me as soon as possible

sincerely

These are scam emails and please do not respond to then, simply delete them as this is a scam to steal your antiques and antique furniture.

Spoof email for antique dealers – 2011/02/02

Warning to all antique and antique furniture dealers. We always get lots of spoof emails but we have decided to start publishing them onto our blog to pre warn other antique dealers just in case they fall foul to these con men.

we received an email firstly saying –

My name is Bruce, i am  contacting you on behalf of Honi Well Stores. We are interested in purchasing  some items from your store and we believe you accept payment  via Paypal or Credit  Card . Please let me know if you can  assist me with the order.  Your quick response will be highly appreciated.

after we replied we get the following reply –

Thanks so much for your response, I feel comfortable to email you my order this way rather than to fill it on your site, so below are the item we are interested in: Kindly email me with each prices !!

Antique Floor Standing Corner Cupboard – Victorian Mahogany

Antique Regency Mahogany Chest of Drawers – Two over Three

Georgian Mahogany Whitehaven Floor Standing Corner Cupboard ca 1770

Concerning the shipment,the likes of UPS,FEDEX and POST OFFICE always don’t take care of the charges down here. Charges like handling, customs duties,tax etc. I have experienced such situation before and I don’t want to be the victims of such a thing again. I will be glad if you contact this freight forwarder GLobe Freight Logistics for shipping quote.

The shipping company will arrange the pick-up of my order from your store,so you don’t have any stress to face in shipping processing at all.  Here is their email address  (globefrieghtlogistics@post.com) Not that I can’t deal with the shipper directly, but they always prefer to deal with the store where they will be doing the pick up in other to reduce the customs duties and other charges.

They have a way of preparing their shipment documents whereby the custom duties payment on this goods will be reduced.  They will take care of everything including Handling, Customs duties,Tax, Insurance etc.Contact them to obtain a quote and get back to me in the format bellow:

COST OF THE ORDER

COST OF THE SHIPPING FROM Globe Freight

TOTAL COST (ORDER + SHIPPING)

Once I have these details from you, I will get back to you with our Credit Card, so you can charge and make the necessary shipping arrangements.

Regards,

Bruce M.

NOTE:The freight company will need these 5 information to get you a quote,so provide them with the details bellow:

1)My Customer’s ID # : AQ772930LOR

2)Delivery Full Address:

Honi Well Stores

4-2-6, Marunouchi,

Chiyoda-ku.

Tokyo 100-0005.

3)Pick Up Full Address : PROVIDE YOUR ADDRESS

4)Weight Of The Consignment : PROVIDE ORDER WEIGHT

5)Momentary Value Of The Consignment : PROVIDE ORDER TOTAL COST.

as you can see by the details above all is not quite right as once they pay via a stolen card the company will make up an excuse that they are in the area and need to collect quickly, so you release the goods and then the card has the funds refunded back so you are left out of pocket. keep an eye out for these dodgy emails.

Global Logistics Strikes Again – 2011/02/24

I have previously written blogs to warn antique dealers about scams by a company called Global Freight Logistics. If you get any emails about buying antiques or antique furniture and it mentions Global Freight Logistics, discard the email as it is a scam. The newest version of the scam involves a fake PayPal account. Unfortunately an antiques dealer was conned out of £1200 by this scam.

The dealer who was scammed received an order from a client by the name of Mary Rolland and she wanted the antiques packed and shipped to her so called address in Japan using the shipping company Global Freight Logistics. Mary Rolland insisted paying for the antiques via PayPal and when the antiques dealer received an email from PayPal, confirming that payment had been cleared, he released the goods for shipment.

Unfortunately the pay pal email was a fake email therefore no money was sent into his account but by the time he had discovered this, the antiques had been collected and were untraceable as the shipping company does not exist.

Please anyone who gets emails wanting to use their own shipping company always check out the details first as these con men are becoming very clever and I would hate for them to get away with coning you out of your antiques.

Spoof Email to look out for – Antiques – 2011/05/18

Here is a spoof email to look out for as the person who emailed us about buying antique furniture from us is obviously trying to use a stolen credit card.

Good day,

I want to place an order in your store and I will like to know if you ship to New Zealand. My payment will be remitted via MasterCard or Visa Card issued in US bank. So please let me know if you can assist me with the order.Your quick response will be highly appreciated and I will be very glad if you treat this email with good concern. Regards,

Jeffery

after our reply they followed the email with this –

Thank you for your prompt response, I will take our order as listed below due to administrative requirements, we do this in order to keep records of goods bought on track and audit purposes. 1 piece of Large Victorian Pine Bedding box

£375.00

Total:……………….. £375.00

Hope I will get these Items in required quantity? Concerning Shipment of these products, We would prefer it to be handled by a private freight shipping company in Europe, This is because our past experiences with the regular courier services is not awesome, They have done some imports for us and we are not too okay in their service delivery. Hence we had been in the use of service of a private freight shipping company in Europe and so far so good. Moreso, the safety of the goods being imported require exceptional attention which is very paramount and we can only get from a private firm. They have their field agents across  board and will get to you during pick up of goods. Kindly mail them with the following information below to give you quote of the cost of shipment. They traditionally prefer to deal directly with the seller so as to reduce the time factor in processing documentations. You can mail me once you receive the total cost of shipment and other handling fees, I will send you a copy of my credit card information for you to make appropriate charges on the total cost. They will need the information listed below from you hence send a mail to them at  EXPRESSCARGOINT@YAHOO.COM

1)My Customer’s ID # : JML2008675C

2)Delivery Full Address:

JEFFMOBILE.

Rangiora 7440, North Canterbury, New Zealand

3)Pick Up Full Address : PROVIDE YOUR ADDRESS

4)Weight Of The Consignment : PROVIDE ORDER WEIGHT

5)Momentary Value Of The Consignment : PROVIDE ORDER TOTAL COST

Regards.

JEFFREY KEEGAN.

as you can see the email is a spoof email as they want to use a stolen card, then send someone to collect the goods before the transaction is reported as fraudulent from the real card holder. do not deal with these people or you will find yourselves greatly out of pocket.

16 Responses

Louise says:

23rd June 2011 at 12:43 pm

I found your post on the internet just had the same email sent to my website…! The name I was given though was ‘Diana Mills’ @ PAYLESS STORE South Korea.

SPAM EMAIL CONTENTS:

Hope I will get these Items in required quantity?Concerning Shipment

of these products,We would prefer it to be handled by a private

freight shipping company in Europe,This is because our past

experiences with the regular courier services is not awesome,They have

done some imports for us and we are not too okay in their service

delivery. Hence we had been in the use of service of a private freight

shipping company in Europe and so far so good. Moreso, the safety of

the goods being imported require exceptional attention which is very

paramount and we can only get from a private firm. They have their

field agents across board and will get to you during pick up of

goods.

Kindly mail them with the following information below to give you

quote of the cost of shipment. They traditionally prefer to deal

directly with the seller so as to reduce the time factor in processing

documentations. You can mail me once you receive the total cost of

shipment and other handling fees, I will send you a copy of my credit

card information for you to make appropriate charges on the total

cost.

They will need the information listed below from you hence send a mail

to them at expresscargoint@yahoo.com, expresscargoint@gmail.com

1)My Customer’s ID # : PTM994312C

2)Delivery Full Address:

PAYLESS STORE

Address : 16b-16, Panwol Ind. Complex, 453-1, Moknae-dong, Ansan-shi

City : Kyonggi

Zip : 425-100

Country : South Korea

3)Pick Up Full Address : PROVIDE YOUR ADDRESS

4)Weight Of The Consignment : PROVIDE ORDER WEIGHT

5)Momentary Value Of The Consignment : PROVIDE ORDER TOTAL COST

Thanks for posting your comment about your experience… I did have my suspicions so I typed the email address they provided, expresscargoint@yahoo.com, into google which then bought up your post and has now confirmed them!

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Tracy says:

10th July 2011 at 3:13 pm

Thank you for posting this! I received the same email from ‘Diana Mills’ at payless in S Korea.

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N. soni says:

23rd July 2011 at 5:59 am

Thank for posting this email . i got same email from Tokyo, Japan.i am posting as i receive for the use of all

“NOTE:The freight company will need these 5 information’s to get you a

quote,so provide them with the details bellow:

1)My Customer’s ID # : HLT456783G

2)Delivery Full Address:

JACKERS INVESTMENT

7-3-5 ginza,

chuo-ku tokyo

Japan 253-7461

3)Pick Up Full Address : PROVIDE YOUR ADDRESS

4)Weight Of The Consignment : PROVIDE ORDER WEIGHT

5)Momentary Value Of The Consignment : PROVIDE ORDER TOTAL COST”

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me says:

14th September 2011 at 1:47 pm

sh*t, me too. thank you so much for posting. glad I thought the email address sounded fishy.

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Sarah says:

6th October 2011 at 7:04 am  (Edit)

I received this dodgy looking email…

Hello,

Thank you for your prompt response, I will take our order as listed below due to reference purpose and also to keep records of goods bought on track.

**ORDER DETAILS**

TOTAL COST ——————- £345.50

Hope I will get these Items in required quantity? Concerning Shipment of these products,We would prefer it to be handled by a private freight shipping company in Europe,This is because our past experiences with the popular courier services is not awesome,They have done some imports for us and we are not satisfied in their service delivery. Hence we need to use the service of a private freight shipping company in Europe. Moreso, the safety of the goods being imported require exceptional attention which is very paramount and we can only get from a private firm. They have their field agents across board and will get to you during pick up of goods.

Kindly mail them with the following information below to give you quote of the cost of shipment. They traditionally prefer to deal directly with the seller so as to reduce the time factor in processing documentations. You can mail me once you receive the total cost of shipment and other handling fees so that I can make payment through PayPal on the total cost.

They will need the information listed below from you hence send a mail to them at exxpresscargoint@gmail.com

1) Customer’s Name : MAGNETIC VENTURES

2)Delivery Full Address:

MAGNETIC VENTURES

COEX MALL, SHOP 47

159-1, SAMSEONG-DONG

GANGNAM-GU, SEOUL

SOUTH KOREA

3)Pick Up Full Address : PROVIDE YOUR ADDRESS

4)Weight Of The Consignment : PROVIDE ORDER WEIGHT

5)Momentary Value Of The Consignment : PROVIDE ORDER TOTAL COST

Regards,

David

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Mark says:

22nd November 2011 at 4:19 pm

We got the same email and because something didn’t feel right I did a google search of the Magnetic Ventures address and came across Driscolls warning. I have contacted my local trading standards to let them know

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cheryl says:

1st December 2011 at 12:19 pm

I’ve just had the same email, but didnt think it sounded right, so i googled the company, and thankfully came across your warning. I have passed this onto the relevant authorities. Thanks for the warning!

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Rachel says:

4th January 2012 at 1:21 pm

Wow, so glad I decided to look this up! Had the same email, wanting to have it sent to South Korea.

 

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Maria says:

13th March 2012 at 6:07 pm

I have also had the same email! I had a feeling this was a spoof, checked out address etc and stumbled upon all of these!

Copy of the email received

Hello,

Thank you for your prompt response, I will take our order as listed below due to reference purpose and keeping of records

of goods bought on track.

Items Qty Price

TOTAL COST ——————- £342.60

Hope I will get these Items in required quantity? Concerning Shipment of these products, We would prefer it to be handled by a private freight shipping company in Europe, This is because our past experiences with the popular courier services is not awesome, They have done some imports for us and we are not satisfied in their service delivery. Hence we need to use the service of a private

freight shipping company in Europe. However, the safety of the goods being imported require exceptional attention which is very paramount and we can only get from a private firm. They have their field agents across board and will get to you during pick up of goods.

Kindly mail them with the following information below to give you quote of the cost of shipment. They traditionally prefer to deal directly with the seller so as to reduce the time factor in processing documentations. You can mail me once you receive the total cost of shipment and other handling fees so that I can make payment through PayPal on the total cost.

They will need the information listed below from you thus send a mail to gloshippingint@gmail.com

1) Customer’s Name : PERFECT BUY VENTURES

2)Delivery Full Address:

PERFECT BUY VENTURES

COEX MALL, SHOP 39

147-1, SAMSEONG-DONG

GANGNAM-GU, SEOUL

SOUTH KOREA

3)Pick Up Full Address : PROVIDE YOUR ADDRESS

4)Weight Of The Consignment : PROVIDE ORDER WEIGHT

5)Momentary Value Of The Consignment : PROVIDE ORDER TOTAL COST

Regards,

David

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Anon says:

29th March 2012 at 2:45 pm

I too have had one today from David at Perfect Buy Ventures. I very nearly gave in but thought I would do some investigating first – good thing I did!!

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Nina says:

1st April 2012 at 6:58 pm

Hi,

so glad, I decided to do some research, it all sounded a bit fishy.

Hello,

Thank you for your prompt response, I will take our order as listed below due to reference purpose and also to keep records of goods bought on track.

Items Qty Price

Bertie Bear 2 £56.00

Organic Fair Trade Cotton Mouse with Apron, Blue/1pc & Pink/2pc 3 £67.50

Lotta Doll our Fair Trade Organic Cotton ragdoll, Lotta pink tutu/2pcs 2 £59.00

Nellie Doll our Fair Trade Organic Cotton Ragdoll, dungaree dress, blue/2pcs 2 £59.00

Red Felt Baby Faerytale Shoes, Red 3 £48.00

Blue Baby Faerytale Shoes 3 £48.00

TOTAL COST ——————- £337.50

Hope I will get these Items in required quantity? Concerning Shipment of these products,We would prefer it to be handled by a private freight shipping company in Europe,This is because our past experiences with the popular courier services is not awesome,They have done some imports for us and we are not satisfied in their service delivery. Hence we need to use the service of a private freight shipping company in Europe. However, the safety of the goods being imported require exceptional attention which is very paramount and we can only get from a private firm. They have their field agents across board and will get to you during pick up of goods.

Kindly mail them with the following information below to give you quote of the cost of shipment. They traditionally prefer to deal directly with the seller so as to reduce the time factor in processing documentations. You can mail me once you receive the total cost of shipment and other handling fees so that I can make payment through PayPal on the total cost.

They will need the information listed below from you hence send a mail to them at gloshippingint@gmail.com

1) Customer’s Name : GOLDFINE VENTURES

2)Delivery Full Address:

GOLDFINE VENTURES

COEX MALL, SHOP 48

154-2, SAMSEONG-DONG

GANGNAM-GU, SEOUL

SOUTH KOREA

3)Pick Up Full Address : PROVIDE YOUR ADDRESS

4)Weight Of The Consignment : PROVIDE ORDER WEIGHT

5)Momentary Value Of The Consignment : PROVIDE ORDER TOTAL COST

Regards,

David

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Anon says:

12th April 2012 at 8:46 pm

Thank you so much for posting this warning.

I too received a very similar email from Tokyo today. After checking Companies House and seeing that no such Global Shipping company existed, I thought I’d do some more digging and Google the email address. Luckily it came up with your warning.

Thank god for you and Google!

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Christine says:

19th July 2012 at 4:01 pm

I have just been contacted in the same manner by a David Scott, email: magnetic0708@gmail.com who sent a similar email as above. Claimed to be based in Japan and advised our company to contact expresscargoint.hostzi.com/home.html for the shipping of the goods. I must admit that I was suspicious from the start but I thank you so much for bringing this scam to light and sharing it on your blog.

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Monty says:

9th August 2012 at 12:27 pm

Same here. Name is David Scott, email goldfine01@gmail.com. Wanted to buy £342 worth of goods to be shipped to Tokyo with a specific shipping company. Wanted to pay by credit card. Shipping company expresscargoint.hostzi.com/home.html wanted to charge me £500 for the service.

Thank you for this blog…..didn’t go ahead with the transactions.

I have reported this to Action Fraud tel. no. 0300 1232040 – crime ref no. NFRC120800398739 and to our local Hampshire Trading Standards

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Julie says:

9th August 2012 at 5:22 pm

I have fallen a victim to this. David Scott ordered £367.50 worth of goods, shipping/customs etc from ‘express cargo’ was quoted at £400. He agreed to pay this but initial card payments of £767.50 were declined. I asked him to do international transfer but he sent details of 2 more cards instead. Eventually payment went through and my merchant bank confirmed it was OK so I wired £400 to the cargo companies US bank account and asked them to collect the parcel.

At this point Mr. Scott wrote to say a colleague also wanted to order so happy to delay uplift of goods for 2 parcels to be sent together. Order from colleague received for £400 and Express Cargo quoted £650 this time. I was beginning to feel quite uncomfortable with it all but didn’t want to lose a good order. Colleague’s card payment also declined. At this point I began to investigate on Google and found this blog. Feel totally sick, I’ve been conned out of £400 for shipping on 1st order and now expect to hear shortly that Mr. Scott’s payment of £767.50 was on a stolen card and will be retracted. There is no liability resting with the banks for this, even though payment was authorised, because they do not cover you for ‘cardholder not present’ transactions.

It’s a clever, sophisticated scam and utterly convincing. My company donates some profits towards an African charitable school project. Now they have lost out because I fell for this.

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Julie says:

9th August 2012 at 5:27 pm

P.S. I have reported this to the fraud squad and police. Please everybody note that many different customer names are used – I had both david Scott and John Smith and the addresses for delivery were in Japan and South Korea.

Warning Large Credit Card Fraud aiming at antiques – 20.11.2011

Just recently we have been approached by someone wanting to buy an antique table using a credit card over the phone and collect on the same day using a courier but to be on the safe side we decided this was too risky as we do not know where the table was going to be delivered. This could be a real transaction or a stolen credit card but then we have has an email about a similar scam from the police. Some well known antique auctions were hit by a major credit card fraud and this is leading to people being more vigilant and adopting a new protocol when taking cardholder not present credit card purchases.

Payments have been taken for large amounts of money using stolen credit cards. It has happened with a man telephoning the auctioneers using several different names such as Alistair Goldsmith, Richard Baker and James Baker. He registered bids by telephone on lots of different antiques like diamonds, jewellery and watches. After successfully buying the antiques he telephoned and paid for the items promptly , in some cases using different credit cards. He then arranged a courier to collect the antiques on the same day or very early on the next day. Unfortunately a few days later the salerooms were contacted by the credit card companies and they told the auctioneers the payments were fraudulent transactions. All the identification documents that were given, some were faxed and some given by the courier were counterfeit and the London address given was a derelict house. Unfortunately the auctioneers will lose all money taken from the credit cards as they are fraudulent cards and the cardholder was not present. The auctioneer will also loses the goods as they have been collected.

The Man has also targeted antique dealers  for antiques and antique furniture so please be aware and be more careful when accepting card not present transactions.

Warning American Express scam with antiques

Antiques and antique furniture are being targeted more and more by credit card scams and we do try to report on any we hear about. There is currently a scam and antique dealers are being targeted by credit card fraud with the use of cloned American Express credit cards.

Some of the fraudulent purchases have been for over two hundred thousand pounds and the scammers may have been operating for a few years now. The cloned cards cannot use the chip and pin for clearance so the signature is needed instead but because it is a cloned card the signature will look correct. They have been used with PDQ machines and the correct authorisation code has been sent by the card provider as the cards appear not to be lost or stolen but the biggest problem is that correct AMEX card holder doesn’t know until thay get their credit card statement and the antiques are long gone by the time they receive it.

The fraudsters are very convincing as they have knowledge of antiques and seen genuine so they are scamming many people and have never been caught, plus non of the antiques stolen have ever been recovered.

The main recommendation is not to accept payment without chip and pin but this can be difficult as many cards sometimes decline when using chip and pin through no fault of the customers and you do not want to turn away sales.

The best thing to do is be very vigilant and any suspicion at all then double check before agreeing with the sale of the antiques.

The expo scam is back again!

If you have not heard about the expo scam then read on as it has affected so many people in the antiques trade so I want to warn all of my reader just in case they come across this company who scams many, many people.

This scam appears every year in a new form and basically even if it looks different it is still the same scam. You are sent a form in the post to update your free listing in a directory called the Expo Guide. It all looks nice and innocent but at the bottom you are required to sign the form.  Unfortunately your signature also approves that you accept continued listing for 3 years + for a very large fee of 1180 Euros per year as stated in the small print. Expo are now going around fairs, shops in person and targeting people in the flesh so people are being pressured into signing on the spot as they do not know what they are signing for. Please all antique dealers and everyone else be warned as this is a very awful company that will con you out of your hard earned money.

Beware of fraudulent BACS payments for antiques

This is a warning to all antique auctioneers and antique furniture dealers. recently several antique auctioneers and antique dealers have been duped by a very clever fraudster. The fraudster is buying antiques over the phone and then is paying via BACS payment through the bank. He is then having the antiques collected by a courier or by a taxi driver. I am very surprised as you may be, but although the money may appear to have been transferred into your bank account it can still be recalled by the person who has transferred the money or by the bank. A bacs payment is like a cheque so can take several days to fully clear into your account.

The other method this fraudster is offering is a cheque in the name of Andrew Brent and he has the money cleared very quickly but it is not until the cheque is processed by the bank that it is discovered to be invalid and then the money is withdrawn from your account. Several UK auctioneers have been targeted.

There are more and more cased of fraudsters trying to fool antique dealers and we have had several over the last year but luckily we have spotted before releasing the goods. We will publish any fraudulent activity within the antiques trade on our blog so please keep checking to keep up to date and this way you will ensure no fraudsters will fool you.

 

Warning antiques shop fraud alert

 

I have just had a warning email and I thought I would share it with all my readers as it is a good warning to all antique shop owners. An antiques dealer has just contacted all LAPADA members to warn of a man who contacted a few different London antique galleries using different stolen identities and he was attempting to pay with a stolen AMEX credit card. Firstly he has been telephoning the antique shop from his car and he is asking buy an expensive antique. He usually has spotted it in the window of a shop. He pays over the telephone and waits outside whilst the antique dealer processes the sale. The fraudster has all the correct details of the poor person’s stolen credit card and one of the credit cards used was a Mr Berley and he had all the correct identity of the stolen person’s card.

The fraudster is described as Turkish origin, 5ft 7inches tall, of stocky build with short dark hair. He has just been released from prison where he has already served a sentence for similar fraud.

He has been captured on CCTV and the police are aware of him but it may take some time to recapture him so please be careful contact AMEX if you have any suspicions.

We have seen similar fraudsters trying to buy antique furniture so it is not just the smaller items they try to buy as they use their own couriers.

Antique furniture scam / Fraudster from Dubai

I am writing this to warn all antique sellers to your guard for fraudster from Dubai. I get several emails from fraudsters and most are obviously rubbish but the occasional ones are very clever.

I received an e-mail for the order for five expensive pieces of antique furniture which are displayed on my web site –

1. Huge Victorian Walnut Bar / Shop Cabinet / Bookcase Ca 1870

2. Huge Quadruple Antique Burr Walnut Wardrobe Ca 1860

3. 17th Century Country Oak Court Cupboard

4. Victorian ‘Gillows’ Pollard Oak Sideboard Ca 1860

5. Huge Victorian Breakfront Library Bookcase 1840

It was from an investment company with an email address, telephone number and business address. He even telephoned me and spoke very good English but I was suspicious as all the items he wanted was larger items. He asked me for my bank details and bank postal address so I contacted my bank to see what they thought as I thought there would be no risk if he did a bank transfer. Apparently this is a very common scam, as my bank explained that he would not transfer the money he would send a cheque direct to my bank asking them to cash the funds into my account via the post (unlike electronic transfers this makes the trail to the source of payment more difficult to follow).

The cheque would come from a closed bank account of a business but for far more than I was asking, he would then make up a story that he needs the difference transferred back to his account as he overpaid me and then if I had fallen for the scam the cheque would eventually bounce leaving me massively out of pocket. Luckily this did not happen as I did my investigation work.

But this is to warn you to always please be on your guard as there are some sneaky people out there.

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An antiques dealer has just left me this comment via email –

Thanks James

Recieved email from mr Gerrad {DUBAI}re buying big money antiques and wanting bank details.Thought I would google it and your info came up

YOU SAVED ME  SOME HASSLE

THANKS

DAVID

2 thoughts on “Warning – Scams used against antique dealers

  1. I am very shocked to read this story about antiques dealer. It is really hard to accept that our community (antiques dealers) is not free from such scams, only awareness can protect us. Thanks to share useful information with us. I am going to share this story with my friends who are dealing with same business.

  2. Thanks for taking the time to put this together. Luckily we have not had a problem yet but we always remain vigilant. I think the advice regarding BACS payments and the fact they can be reversed is so important and not generally known. Business involves risk and hopefully we can help mitigate the risk we are all exposed to as dealers by sharing information about scams. Page bookmarked for future reference and I will be sure to add any bad experiences to the list above!

    Thanks Again!

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