Disclaimer: I'm not asking how to scam people
I work in an industry where companies process goods are ship them overseas. The processing companies may be in the USA, Canada, or elsewhere but the customers are almost always in a country other than the supplier.
Customers pay by wire transfer, typically sending a deposit (20K) upon acceptance of the order and the balance (25K) prior to loading the container (45K total). Most of my new customers will recognize my company name, goods, or have found a creative way to find out who I am from a freight forwarder, customs docs etc but I do get inquiries from randoms on the internet with @email@example.com addresses who have become good customers as well. However, it's overwhelmingly a matter of trust and a dishonest supplier can easily take advantage.
This opens customers up to any number of scammers (mostly in third world countries) who load garbage or outright swallow the money.
If they're outright stealing they'll make a website to advertise their "company", make a bank account for the express purpose of receiving a wire and then close it after the scam is complete.
If they're just buying rejects from real suppliers and selling it as #1 goods, they may last a little longer but the trend is the same.
I've heard of suppliers in the US running these kinds of scams, but I can't imagine how someone could open a bank account, give their personal information, scam someone and then potentially deal with the cops. Does this make sense to anyone?
Jul 8th, 2012 11:41 AM #1
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How Do People In Canada/US Actually Run This Scam?_______________
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