Fake Deceiving Tractor Parts Emails
When Easy Tractor Parts opened for business in 2005, a customer from an Asian country communicated via email requesting original Caterpillar injector nozzles. The order was large, approximately $22,000 and the profit was a handsome 20% ($4,400) in one deal. In some ways, it was too good to be true. However, novice businessmen are easly conned and the deal was brokered. The customer communicated via email and wanted the parts rushed. He (? assuming its a “he”) requested DHL. He provided three credit card numbers and names, saying that the credit cards were his friends, thus the different names. He was in a rush for the parts, and sent emails every four hours wanting to know the tracking number of the package. Its like being pressured to send the parts out. Finally, it was done and the package was sent.
He immediately placed another order for $15,000. I called my supplier who asked me if I know who this person was. Large transactions of these types sent express out of the USA and Canada were usually scams. With a pounding heart, I now placed a call to the telephone number that was provided. The number was not real. I searched in that country’s yellow pages for the company’s name, found it and a telephone number, and called. The company and address were real, however, the owner confirmed that he never placed an order for parts and none of his employees had authorization to do so. It was confirmed, I’ve been scammed.
The next step was to call DHL and request a parts return. DHL sent a request for the parts to be reurned. In 5 days time, the parts were back in my possession.
The scam was completed with stolen credit card information. if he had gained possession of the goods, then my company would have been issued a charge back by the credit card company, and now I’ll be stuck with a debt of $17600 in the early stages of opening a business. The person had some arrangement to take possession of the stolen parts before it was delivered to the address.
Even though that was almost seven years ago, we still receive these kinds of emails every week. So, I’ve decided to publish a list of these fake pilfering emails as a guilde to businessmen to avoid being a victim of credit card fraud.
Tips to Avoid Credit Card Fraud
- Most honest customers will use a valid telephone number. Collect a telephone number and whilst talking with the customer correspond it with the caller ID display.
- Accept credit cards only from US and Canadian customers. (sorry to Australia, Germany, New Zealand etc )
- International customers must pay in full by wire transfer only
- Do not accept International checks. These are forgeries and the forger is hoping that the parts will be shipped before the check is verified as a forgery ( we have had these as well)
- For customers in the USA and Canada who communicates via email and wants to pay by credit cards, they should be sent a credit card authorization form, requiring a copy of the card , including the back and front, a signature, and the form must be accompanied by a copy of a government issued identification. A few years ago, a person by the name of Kimberly Clark from California wanted to purchase $32,000 of injector nozzles again. This time the address was in the US. Regardless, the credit card authorization form was sent to her (assuming its a “her”). She was never heard from again. Later, in a conversation with a colleague from a VISA frauds department from one of the major banks, it was confirmed that the name Kimberly Clark was responsible for several frauds in the USA. That simple credit card authorization form will save money, headache and pain.
How to Report Spoof Emails
- Report Gmail Accounts to to Google using this form
- For hotmail accounts, forward the entire email to email@example.com
- For yahoo email accounts, use this form to report the email accounts
Starting from today, I’ll be publishing the fraudulent emails.
|From:bunzilee [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]Sent: Monday, February 20, 2012 2:58 AM
My name is Brian Walcott and i want to place an order of Tractor Fluid. please i want you to get back to me with the types and sizes you have available with the prices quote as well. please i will also need your website so that i can go through and see the other product you have. thank you and don’t forget to let me know the types of credit cards you do accept for the payment.
Update on the Above Email
This person, who is using the name Brian Walcott, has been emailing companies in Canada requesting quotes for lubricants while pretending to be associated with Easy Tractor Parts. We would like to emphasize that we do not know Brian Walcott, and no such person is authorized to conduct business on behalf of the company.
We received calls from companies in Alberta and Nova Scotia that quotes were requested. Please, forward those emails to us and do not initiate any business activity with such individuals.
|On 3/10/2012 9:38 AM, jeff wrote: DEARHaving gone through your listed products, we offer great interest to do a purchase agreement with your company. Please get back to us with the following information1. Prices FOB 2. Payment terms 3. Delivery Period 4. MOQ 5. Specified delivery date assuming from the Date of Order.Please your quick reply will be highly appreciated PLEASE SEND THE COPY OF YOUR REPLY EMAIL TO THE EXECUTIVE MANAGER’S EMAIL AS : email@example.com Regards, Stella Purchasing Operations Manager. Brodock Tradeviewpoint Inc.|
|On 3/12/2012 8:48 AM, Bob Banks Bob Banks <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:HelloThis is Bob and I will like to order ( Diesel Starters )Do get back to me with the types and cost for the ones you do carry and let me know if there is an extra cost when using visa or master Card.Kindly get back to me with your name Are you the sales manager or the Owner? Regards|
|From: tom email@example.com Message:my name is Tom i will like to purchase some of your product to one my new store in japan i will like to inform you that the method of my payment is credit card if this is accepted by you please kindly get back to me with your website address so as for me to choose the item needed by me.|
|From: Rick Munson <firstname.lastname@example.org>To: email@example.comGood Day,I’m Rick Munson and I would like to know whether you carry Box Blades.If you do, can you please reply me back with the types and ranges prices you offer so that I may let you know the type and quantities that I looking for. I’m shipping the Items to South Africa and will be recommending a freight company come to your location and pickup the Items to send to South Africa.I would also like to know the form of payment you accept.I hope to hear from you soon.|
|From: samuel tobi, firstname.lastname@example.org Message: Hello,
i am making an enquiry about IPR VALVE, PART NUMBER……..AP63402 QTY………20pcs, Do get back to me with the total cost with the shipping cost by Air Freight to Lagos Airport or FedEx or DHL to nigeria . payment will be made via credit card l will be awaiting to your reply. Thanks
|On 5/21/2012 8:28 PM, William Larry email@example.com wrote:Hello am Larry William. Am actually interested in Tractor and i will be very happy to hear a fast reply from you if u have it in stock. Reply me with pictures of samples, sizes as well as prices of those u do have in stock and hope to hear from you soon.Also what type of credit card do you accept. Best Regards. Larry William|
On 5/28/2012 8:36 AM, Bob Banks wrote: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is Bob and I will like to order ( Round baler ).Do get back to me with the types and cost for the ones you do carry and let me know if there is an extra cost when using visa or master Card.Kindly get back to me with your name Are you the sales manager or the Owner?
Now there are pretending to be PhDs.
My name is Roland Smith, i send this inquiry to your company in regards to order some ( Post Hole Digger ).i will like to know the price on the Head 9-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ with 6-1/4″ Spread Post Hole Digger. Immediate responds is require and advise on payment method.
With Kind Regards. Dr. Roland Smith
|10.0 Hello Sales. We need new oem replacement parts number below for our Caterpillar engine, send the pricing on each with availability
1, Injector Pump …………… 127-8216 (6) pcs
2, Injector Pump …………… 127-8222 (6) pcs
3, Plunger ………………… 7w0561 (6) pcs
4, Plunger …………………. 7w0182 (6) pcsUrgent response is needed to view your quote and work on it to place an order advice terms of payment in your reply Visa /MCRegards
George Travis, Power Diesel & Equipment, 10875 Plano Rd. Ste. 103, Dallas, TX 75238, Tel 888) 398-4633, Fax #: 866-403-9703, email@example.com
|To: Webmaster From: Marrs Coiro firstname.lastname@example.org Hi there, My name is Marrs Coiro from Melbourne Australia.
I’m wanting to order a starter motor and 2 engine oil filters for a ford 5000 tractor. Circa 1970 model for my father who is currently in Italy. If you do have these parts in stock could you please give me a price including shipping to Grumento Nova, Province of Potenza. 85050 Would also like to know what the most effective method of payment would be, credit card? Thanks for the service. Cheers, Marrs
SAMUEL KAY on May 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm email@example.com
I WOULD LIKE TO ORDER FOR IPR VALVE
PART NUMBER: AP63402 QTY: 25PCS. LET ME KNOW THE TOTAL COST WITH SHIPPING TO CALIFORNIA. METHOD OF PAYMENT IS CREDIT CARD. PLEASE I NEED URGENT RESPONSE TO THIS ORDER. THANKS
The Above Email Is From Nigeria
This email was from Lagos, Nigeria. Based on the IP address, this is the sender’s email address details.
|From: Brian Nilson firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Sunday, August 12, 2012 12:25 PM
Subject: ORDERHi, I am Brian Nilson from Brian & Son’s Itd. and I’m looking to make a purchase for SQUARE BALERS. I Look forward to hearing from you soon.Thank You, Mr.Brian
|From: John Kelly email@example.com
Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2012 2:57 PM
Subject: Quote Enquiries
Hello Sir/Ma, Please forward quote for below items. Caterpillar ring set, 9s-3068, 2w-1709, 1w-8922, 8n-0822, 1w-5105. Include Shipping cost to OR 97007. Payment make with my Credit Card Thanks, John Kelly
This email is from Nigeria.
188.8.131.52 IP address location & more:
IP address [?]: 184.108.40.206 [Copy][Whois] [Reverse IP]
IP country code: NG
IP address country: Nigeria
IP address state: Lagos
IP address city: Lagos
IP address latitude: 6.4531
IP address longitude: 3.3958
ISP of this IP [?]: Dial pool subnet for Lagos subscribers
Organization: Dial pool subnet for Lagos subscribers
Host of this IP: [?]: dial-pool7.lg.starcomms.net [Whois] [Trace]
|From: “YORKSHIRE STORES” firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Monday, September 24, 2012 3:11 AM Subject: Heavy Equipment Parts Inquiry. Sales. I would like you to forward me the Total & Shipping Quote’s for the listed Engine Parts below pls,which also would like you to use UPS Courier as your shipping method because they seem to be the most reliable delivery courier for Goods shipping..
(1) OEM GENUINE CATERPILLAR PLUNGER Part #: 7W5929——–5 QTYS
(2) OEM GENUINE CATERPILLAR PLUNGER Part #: 4P9830——-5 QTYSThe Shipping is 2 Days Delivery to NEWARK NJ 07104,and Payment is via CC (VC/MC).Looking forward to read from you. Best Regards YORKSHIRE STORES Toll Free:877 406-9616 (the Toll free Number Does not Work As Expected) email@example.com
| Please check for prices and availability for the Genuine Caterpillar Power Part numbers below for me:
# 127-8222 INJECTOR 3 Quantity, # 127-8218 INJECTOR 3 Quantity, # 127-8216 INJECTOR 3 Quantity
Please ensure prices you bring are for Original Cart Direct from Caterpillar,also include what types of credit card you accept.
Dave Besse, Senior Account Manager, Direct: 660-530-7753, firstname.lastname@example.org Tel # works but no one says anything. !!! They just listen!!This Email is from Ukraine.
220.127.116.11 IP address location & more:
IP address [?]: 18.104.22.168 [Copy][Whois] [Reverse IP]
IP country code: UA
IP address country: Ukraine
IP address state: Vinnyts’ka Oblast’
IP address city: Vinnitsa
IP address latitude: 49.2328
IP address longitude: 28.4810
ISP of this IP [?]: ON-LINE Ltd
Organization: ON-LINE Ltd
Host of this IP: [?]: s40.org.ua [Whois] [Trace]
Local time in Ukraine: 2012-10-24 00:01
|Dear Sir/Madam,This is Bob and I will like to order ( Engine Block ) Do get back to me with the types and cost for the ones you do carry and let me know if there is an extra cost when using visa or master card.Kindly get back to me with your name .Are you the sales manager or the owner? Regards..Bob Wilson|
email@example.com. Hello how are you doing today please i want to know if you can quote me on this below part number”s also i will need 8 each of the part number”S , 127-8222 INJECTOR —————QTY:8 127-8218 INJECTOR ———–QTY:8 127-8216 INJECTOR ———–QTY:8. I await your email with the quote asap.Thank you Gary
This Email is from Nigeria
|From: Harold Wilcox. Sent: Monday, November 05, 2012 2:55 AM. Subject: Order Needed
Hello Sale/Owner. My name is Harold Wilcox and this order is an individual order. and i like to make a purchase of a (Disc Harrow) and i will be more happy if you can email me with the types and Prices that you have for sale as well……..Please let me know if you do accept credit card as a form of payment, and that will be pick up at your location ….Hope to read back from you soon. Kind Regards. Harold Wilcox Emails used by this guy are firstname.lastname@example.org and Haroldwilcox37@yahoo.com
Hi, i need to know the cost for this parts number CATERPILLAR 7W5929 plunger, 4P9830 plunger, JOHN DEERE, RE66271, RE507842.
do get back to me with the prices . Thanks
Matthew Noah <email@example.com>
Hello. My name is Colin Morgan
i send this inquiry to your company in regards to order some CASE BALER i will like to know the types and sizes of CASE BALER you have.Immediate responds is require and advise on payment method. With Kind Regards,
Quoting James Fred Hall firstname.lastname@example.org:
Dear Sir / Madam. Am Mr. Rick i got in contact with your company to see if you sell (Crop Thresher),if you do i will like you to email me with the picked up price including tax and if you accept Master or Visa credit card as a form of payment , but if you don’t have this type kindly email me with the types that you have or the one nearer to the one am requesting or you can direct me to you website so i can see what you have for sale .
David Descutner email@example.com
UPDATE. This is DEFINITELY NOT from David Descutner. Mr. Descutner has a different email address which is available on the university’s website.
The email used in this message is from www.ohiounionline.com This website has been registered to a Nigerian name and address. This is the details of the website .
omain Name: OHIOUNIONLINE.COM
Do not try calling the phone numbers provided. Its doesn’t work (now I wonder why that doesn’t surprise me?)
From: Rich Samson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hello,I need to know the cost for this parts number. Caterpillar(Genuine parts) 7W5929 plunger 4P9830 plunger. DETROIT R5228760 injector R5228770 injector, JOHN DEEGER RE66271 RE507842/ do get back to me with the prices. Thanks. Rich
Matthew Fajack. email@example.com
| A fax was received from 8669866926. This time its supposedly from the US Air Force and written by Bryan Walton . looks legit uh?
The website used is http://usaairforce.org/ Using data from Whois DGodaddy, this website was registered on the 22nd of January 2014 and 11 days later, this fax was sent out.
The actual site is not even up. This is a snapshot of it.
The Registry data of this fake website is Domain Name:USAAIRFORCE.ORG
|Blank Spaces. I know more emails will be received!!!|