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    Question This is complicated!

    18th April
    Hi i recently bought myself a camera through southwold limited,it's a canon EOS 7D with a lense.
    The company southwold limited is based in 3 Graaf street welkom 9460 South Africa.
    19thApril
    Unfortunitely they didn't have a camera in stock for me so the rep actually found it fitting to send me one from their head office in the UK England.
    They decided to use a courier called fast link (www.faslinc.com the tracking order number was sent to me by the rep from southwold limited.

    " Hi
    Below is your tracking number,Our dispatch Dept were unable to ship your order from our branch office due to high rate of customer's demand,Your order was shipped from our head office in the UK because we went out stock we had to request for express shipment to meet up with your delivery which will be reschedule till tomorrow before Noon sorry for the inconvenience.Please let us know soon as you received your package

    Tracking Info.
    Shipping company Website:www.faslinc.com
    Tracking Number:23C26B3460
    Sales Rep"

    When i went on the website of the courier and went to the tracking section and typed in my tracking order number,it says it has levt on a plane to south africa and will be delivered on the 20th April.
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    20th April
    A private call from fast link couriers asking me if it is alright to deliver it today.
    I waited the whole day for them to deliver the package and till 15H00 there was nothing so i decided to e-mail the rep from southwold limited about it.
    Not long after that the rep e-mailed me back.

    "Hi,
    Spoke to the shipping company now,they said your parcel is under
    going customs checking and they will call you if they can meet up with
    the delivery today or before Noon tomorrow.I advise you also called
    them too sir.
    Sales Rep"

    So i called fast link and asked them when the parcel will delivered to me and they say tomorrow on the 21st April.
    21st April
    At 09H39 i called fast link and asked them if they will still be able to deliver the parcel to me ,and they replyed that it will be there in 2 hours.
    With an undelivered parcel at 12H00 i called fast link again and then they sead that it will be delivered today,but i informed the person that i'll be leaving my home and there will be no one to recieve the parcel.
    They suggest i sent them another address where they will be able to send me the parcel.Unfortunitely i'm on a road trip and will not be staying at places very long so they need to send the parcel to my home address at a later time.
    So i levt my home at 14H00 still without me recieving my parcel.
    22nd April
    I recieved this e-mail from fast link

    "Dear Reolof,
    Your package was held for tax and clearance by customs 3 hours ago which will cost you R3,050. you are to make the payment as soon as possible to sort out the bill in order to ensure delivery by 17:30GMT South Africa today and failure to do that may increase the bill and delay the package from delivery.

    Regards,
    Faslinc Courier
    Customer care lines:0719519616 "

    So i emediately notified the sales rep at southwold limited.
    This is the e-mail i typed back to fast link:

    "This is borderline ROBERY!
    You sead that it will be delivered by the 20th April and after
    contacting your offices you promised me it will be delivered on 21st
    April and now you send this that i have to pay tax on a parcel i
    didn't order from the UK.I ordered it from southwold limited in welkom
    SA they didn't have stock so they placed the order from their head
    offices in the UK to me. Send the bill to southwold limited!"

    After that fast link replied:

    "Please advise payment to the below account.

    Name:First National Bank(fnb)
    Account Number: 62308323360
    Account Name: R M
    Branch Code:250655
    Ref: Reolof

    Please note: You are advise to attach your payment slip for confirmation in order to have the bill sorted out with customs and delivery takes in immidiately.

    Regards,
    Faslinc Courier"

    Now what to to next?
    Clearly i didn't place the order from the UK and i have an invoice from southwold limited in south africa.
    The cost should go to southwold limited but if they don't pay then i don't recieve my camera(parcel).
    So what direction should i follow now?
    Ask southwold limited to give me a camera because i bought 1 from them but then they will just refund me and leave me sitting without a camera.
    Telling fast link to deliver my parcel to me is impossible! they want the payment first.
    Last edited by Dave A; 22-Apr-11 at 08:27 PM.

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    I am sorry to inform you but there was a similar scam with camera equipment on Carte Blanche, both woman never got there Camera’s and or equipment. The same story ringed true with England and the so called delivery at customs that magically disappears along with the money and everything else including the sales man and their numbers was “not working”

    I am really sorry but I would think that you might be another victim...

    I hope you didn’t give them the full amount...

    have a look at this: http://beta.mnet.co.za/carteblanche/...=4316&Showid=5
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    Oh boy!

    How did you pay Southwold Limited for the camera, Porcupine?
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    International scamming appears to be the next big thing and they are faceless and free to move about. Our police cannot help because they lack the resources for this kind of crime. I would imagine that our banks can do something about it.

    They have the ability to froze accounts and the like; meaning if the bank in South Africa picks up on the scam in England then they can inform the bank in England that this person is scamming and then there local police can take over.

    But to get our banks to do anything at all will take a miracle... But I fear they are the only entity big enough to take on this type of crime.
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    This is fast becoming a trend with on line purchases and purchasing in RSA. Legally it is a serious crime as well as fraud. But it is like trying to catch and hold down a snake - after you have been bitten. Prevention is better than cure. If you paid by credit card - contact your bank and have them stop the payment and reverse transaction, also report it to their fraud dept. Otherwise - go back to the place you bought it from originally and try throwing a tantrum - if you can find them.....Good luck.

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    Well would it help if i have their account numbers?
    They are both FNB account numbers?
    This scam is TRUE! and hello peter had no respons about it so far despite 2 claims that was raised about southwold in welkom area.
    I paid by EFT and you can reverse the payment within 3 days but these SCAMERS planed it thuroughly as they kept me on a string till the 21st April till it was to late to reverse the payment.
    No where in the yellow pages a company is regerstered as southwold limited?
    So i'm been looking in the 2 other reports(compliments) that was on hello peter about southwold ,could that actually be the scamers using a site to benifit them?
    Or i just have to look deeper and fint the shop in Bloemfontein!
    The Customs payment by fast link is also a face! it's only to lure you in more and get more money out of you while the scamers send you an E-mail through southwold saying they don't have the money to pay for customs and want you to pay for it and they will pay it back again when the money is available.
    Truley this is a scamers WET DREAM! and that means i'm the stupid pig that just lost a lot of money.
    What is dissapointing how ever i pay my taxes and these ppl get away with stealing my hard earned money and the goverment doesn't have recources.
    I saw the scam on carte blanch 2 and i submited the story to them as well.
    I'll be diving deeper finding ways to stop them i'll keep you all posted as far as i get with the banks.
    I've sent an e-mail to FNB and will give them my case to decide for them selfs wheater these con artists are also using there name to scam ppl in giving away money.

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    Frankly there are a ton of warning bells on this one.

    First off, a search for Southwold Limited shows adverts on free classified advertising sites, no company website. How does an online retailer operate without a website?
    And if it's a "real world" shop, why the incomplete address?
    Second - payment method. A legitimate online business would be using an online payment gateway or have a credit card payment option.
    Third - it seems likely the courier company is part of the scam. A look-up on the domain registration details shows the domain was first registered on 20th March 2011.

    I suggest you lay a charge of fraud as soon as possible. And there are a few organisations who are going to have pay attention to the fact they're being used to perpetrate fraud.

    The cellphone company providing telephony (both "entities" have 071 telephone numbers) which should be RICA'd.
    The bank (FNB in this case) providing bank accounts which should be FICA'd.

    The hard reality is payment by EFT is the worst way to do business online if you can't confirm the seller's credentials. Pay be credit card or reputable online payment gateway only as transactions can be disputed - generally within 30 days.

    I paid by EFT and you can reverse the payment within 3 days
    Not sure where you got that info from. From what I've heard it isn't reversable from the payer's side at all.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    Of corse the courier company is in it ,i believe it is the same person all together.
    Well they could be a long setup all together as i found the company in the classified adverts and altogether googled it and came up at hello peter.Obviousley i thought hey this is a site where comanies get chewed up for bad service and if southwold is quated here what do i have to worry about.
    BUT this is my fault as i needed to look clearly at the places:
    1 : obviously the 1 being commented about is a shop in bloem not in welkom.
    2 : truley i should have checked more into the address
    All the obvious signs was there i just wasn't on my guard because i'm not always use to doing this on the web.
    Fast link only appeared the moment after the payment was made and then i started to relize here is trouble!

    Thinking about it who would place an add whitch added to costs no thieve whould do that? right?
    Seems i was wrong thinking that way alone as they surley made enought out of me to pay for that add and score.

    Clearly these scams will continue as not everyone using the internet knows what to look for and only have 1 thing on there mind, to search for a place where i can buy my item for CHEAP.

    Even if whe try to up the ainty on security the scamers will follow creating sites that generally looks exactly the same as ours,and still catch people.They will not be common but they might leave a bigger paper trail behind.

    I'm only mad at myself for not looking at the CLEAR signs that was there!

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    What is really scary is how complicated a scam can become. I will not write about it all because the last thing I would want to do is to write a “how to SCAM” post. There are ways around RICA and FICA but if you are lucky they are not that connected or wise yet.

    Take Dave A’s advice and lay charges of Fraud just maybe you are lucky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Porcupine View Post
    I'm only mad at myself for not looking at the CLEAR signs that was there!
    Don't be too hard on yourself. We all get taken for a ride every now and then

    Thanks for sharing. At least it helps others be on the lookout and hopefully avoid the same trap. And with any luck, justice will catch up with these folk.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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