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posted May 19, 2015
Pump Scam Warning
Below is an excerpt from an email from a TGWA member.
"One Company's Saga"
BEWARE!!! BEWARE!!! BEWARE!!! SCAM!! SCAM!! SCAM!!
Our company was contacted by another company interested in solar pumps and the bogus saga begins:
On September 30th, 2014 the first 2 invoices were paid by credit cards, one for $6,500.00+ for 10 pumps and $6,900.00+for 10 pumps. This was basically a test on the receiver's part to get their "foot in the door." AND!!! That they did. On 10/16/14 a request for 10 more pumps was ordered and shipped to the tune of $21,886.00+ On 10/22/14 another request for 6 pumps was shipped for $12,270.00. The final shipment requested was for 23 pumps for $55,564.00+. All of the invoices for the receiver of the pumps were paid with credit cards with names, addresses, credit card numbers, expiration date and CCV codes which were sent via email. When the credit card for the last amount of $55,564.00 was asked to be split into 2 charges and the first one was denied "red flags" immediately went up. Calling the customer whose credit card was denied, he had never heard of our company nor had any inclination of what was going on.
All shipping labels were emailed which later it was to be known the receiver of the pumps had used another company's shipping account.
As the receiver called and wanted to know why the last shipment was not sent.... my reply to him was Sir, if you can send me a wire in the amount of $55,564.00 to clear up denied credit card charges for the 23 pumps we can ship them, that was the end of any communication from receiver.
All the people whose credit cards have been charged are aware as each one was contacted personally and apologies were made for any inconvenience that they were caused.
IF SOMETHING IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT IS MORE THAN LIKELY WRONG!!! What a lesson we learned here.
I know TGWA has received at least 20+ of these requests by email. Fortunately, TGWA does not sell pumps and equipment, so we just delete the notice.
To our members, beware!
Thanks to the member above for sharing their story with us, we have heard of others in similar scams.
posted November 18, 2014