BEWARE OF THIS SCAM.
BE CAREFUL MY AUTHOR FRIENDS.A few weeks ago, I received a request from a man in Fiji who wanted to order 40 copies of my memoir: Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family’s Year of gutsy Living on a Tropical Island.I was so excited, but part of me thought, “Is this a scam?”At first I told him that shipping to Fiji would be very expensive, and he said, not to worry as he had a logistics guy to pick it up from my work address.I sent him an invoice, and even offered him a discount, and was waiting for payment before I had the books available for pick-up.Here is the first e-mail he sent me:Dear Sales,I write to inform you that we are interested in your books, and we
would like to inquire about the following:Do you ship to Fiji Island?
Do you do Mail Order?
Do you accept credit card as for Payment (My US Master and Visa card
to be precise)? NOT PAYPAL
My response to him:Hi Wesley,
Thanks for your interest in ordering.
I can ship to Fiji, however I need to check on shipping rates.
How many books and which ones?
I’ve included the book link to my page, and you can let me know if it’s:
His response to me:
Hi Sonia,Apologies for my delays in getting back to you.Below are the title needed:Freeways to Flip-FlopsQty – 40Meanwhile, I want you to calculate the total cost of my order only and don’t worry about the shipping because I just got a response from my personal logistic agent that they will come for the pick up of the goods at your address and it will only take 1-2 days express shipping to my shipping address and I have inform them about these but they told me the best way to come for the pick up at your store is for you to email me with your store address and the time the order will be ready for pick up with your convenience time and date.Please kindly get back to me if these title are in stock.Shipping Address:5 Nadi Back Road,Main Town, Nadi.P.O. Box: 1070, Nadi, Fiji.Waiting to read from you soon.Warmly RegardsWesley
My response to him:Hi Wesley,Thanks for your order of 40 copies of Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family’s Year of gutsy Living on a Tropical Island.It just won the GOLD medal for Memoir at the Readers’ Favorite Awards.I am curious if this is for a library or a book club?I visited Fiji in 2007, and love your beautiful country and culture. I have asked to join the Peace Corps and would love to be stationed in Fiji.I have attached an invoice with a 15% discount and as soon as I receive payment with a credit card, I shall let you know when the boxes will be available for pick-up.Thank you for your order, and please keep in touch.
His response to me:Hi Sonia,Thank you for making these order possible for me and I really appreciate the discount.The total cost of my order is quite correct and OK by me but I just got a response from my logistic agent that he cannot receive payment via credit or debit card from me at the moment. So I want you to help me charge another $998 to my logistic agent who is going to pick up my order from you.The $998 that will be sent to my logistic agent is for the shipping of my order in your store plus some other goods I have ordered from other stores around your locality which will be deduct from my credit card. Also, I’m compensating you with the sum of $100 for the transfer fee and for your efforts. Please note that I should have given the shipping agency my credit card for him to deduct the shipping fees but he told me that he doesn’t have the facilities to charge or debit credit card at the moment, so that’s why I bring my vote of confidence in you. So I want you to transfer the shipping fees to my logistics agent after you have make the charges on my credit card and the money is in your account. You can transfer the funds to my logistic agent via bank transfer or western union. So the charges you will make on my credit card will be:Order fee: ($508.30)Agent fee with shipping fare: ($998)Transfer fee plus your compensation: ($100)Total: ($1,606.30)Note that my credit card will be charged for the amounts above. Please do get back to me if you are in the office right now so that I can forward my credit card details to you, then you can charge full amount and transfer the agent funds to them via bank transfer or western union but make sure you email me after charging my card details so that I can give you my agent details to send the money to.Waiting to read from you soon.RegardsWesley
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