September 30th, 2011
Check out two links below at the bottom. The links briefly describe how a printing company will receive a request for a quote from someone local. Once the order goes thru, the client will offer to pay via credit card or check. The shipping address provided will be located in Africa. (It’s not uncommon to ship printed materials overseas.) The individual will request the printing company to use a specific shipping company, which is where the scam begins.
The person will tell you the shipping amount has been added to the check or will provide you with a valid credit card number. Printing companies will then process the order as normal and run the credit card. The shipping company will require prepayment and does not accept credit card, thus a wire transfer to the overseas African account. Do not ever transfer the money to an overseas account!
You can see the funds have transferred to your account; however, the owner of the account will dispute the charges, and will eventually put the printing company in a bind. You should note that the individual will provide you with their email address and a local, United States phone number. The individual AND the shipping company will contact you via phone. The individual on the other end of the phone typically sounds foreign.