Scam Targets Fire and Security Product Resellers

Dealers warned of scam that seeks bogus deal on specialty units


Thnaks for the quick email so i want you to order them overnight while bear for all charges including below items:

BRAND NAME{item name and model removed by SIW }
Photoelectric smoke detector 2wire with base 24volts
QTY:200UNITS

so when the materials is ready i will like to instruct Fedex driver to come for the picking up at your location with FedeX account so i want you to get back to now so that i can forwards you my credit cards account for you to bill instantly.and get back to me now with the total cost now asap.
I would be happy to hear from you about this product. Waiting to hear from you ASAP.

ADDRESS DETAILS:
[address removed by SecurityInfoWatch]

Thanks and god bless you.
Cole Mike

The salesperson wrote back:

The unit cost of the [item name and model removed] smoke detector is $63.00. However with quantity 200-units you are entitled to an 18% discount from list. Your net cost is $51.66 ea. Total cost for 200-units would be $10,332.00, + freight. Unfortunately, we do not have 200-units in stock. I checked with the manufacturer, they are available off the shelf. Allowing for shipping from the factory to our location then forwarding to your location, the best delivery schedule I could offer would be next week, Tuesday or Wednesday. If your need is critical enough to pay any amount for freight, maybe we could get them to you on Monday. Let me know how you wish to proceed.

The scammer, clearly eager to get on with the transaction wrote back to the fire systems salesperson (credit card numbers stripped out by SIW edit staff for privacy):

Thanks for your quote,Kindly charge $2000 on each card.After you have charges $2000 on each card and recharge the 4cards and get back to me with confirmation asap.

Card Type........Master Card
Name On Card....Cole Mike
Card Number.......XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX
Exp Date............ 03-2009
Cvv.....................886

Card Type........Master Card
Name On Card.....Cole Mike
Card Number....... XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX
Exp Date............ 05-2008
Cvv.....................961

Card Type........Master Card
Name On Card.....Cole Mike
Card Number...... XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX
Exp Date............ 02-2008
Cvv.....................677

Card Type........Master Card
Name On Card.....Cole Mike
Card Number...... XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX
Exp Date............ 02-2008
Cvv.....................414

I await for you to email me the confirmation.
Thanks
Cole Mike

Fortunately, for this company, the credit cards did not clear, and the order was canceled before the installer/reseller could be stuck with a loss on 200 units.

To see what the scam looks like from another almost-victim, one scammer's emails were published along with the potential business partner's response.

As you check your inbox, likewise, don't fall for the benefactor with $63 million in African or Iraqi funds who wants to transfer the money to the U.S. using your bank account, the so-called 419 scams. If you're inclined to have a little fun at the expense of these scam artists, check out Scamorama.com, which is a site filled with jovial tales of getting even with the scammers.