Sunday, January 18, 2009

another day, another scam...

Here's another email I received yesterday from Enchanted Forest Gift Baskets who have alo been targeted by this scam...

"""Dear Amanda,
After surfing the internet I found your blog. I am forwarding to you the emails that were sent to our company. I smelt Scam all over this. I continued to email back in forth, at the same time I contacted the FBI in Florida and reported the activity and they are now investigating it. I thought your bloggers would be interested. No company is to small or to Big not to be targeted. As the econony continues to remain in chaos in the US we will be targeted by these types of scams.Have A Great Day.
Misty Pennington
Corporate Sales
Enchanted Forest Gift Baskets

--- On Sun, 1/18/09, Katie Johson wrote:

From: Katie Johson Subject: RE: REPLY BACK ASAP .....................To: questions@enchantedforestgiftbaskets.comDate: Sunday, January 18, 2009, 4:40 AM

Hello,Thanks for the total quote of my order.The total cost of my order is quite correct and okay by me and I'm ready to pay the bills send me an invoice via email and i will email you my Credit Card. But i just got a response from my shipping 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 $3000 USD to a shipping agent who is going to pick up my ordered items from you. The $3000 USD that will be sent to the shipping agent is for the shipping of my order plus other items i ordered from different countries which will be deduct from my credit card.Also, I'm compensating you with the sum of $700 USD 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 funds but he told that he doesn't have the facilities to charge or debit credit card,so that's why i bring my vote of confidence in you and i don't want you to betray the vote of confidence i put in you, so i want you to transfer the funds to him after you have make the charges and the money charged from my credit card is in your account,then you can now make the transfer to the agent via western union.I will have love to do this my self but there no western union here around me,So the charges you'll make on my credit card will be:Order Fee ($3477.75.00 USD)Agent fee with shipping fare ($3000USD)Transfer Fee plus Your Compensation ($700 USD)Total:($7,177.75USD) 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 him via western union or money gram.Thanks for your co-operation & understanding.Hope to read from you ASAP.Thanks and God Bless you"""" end of email

Keep emailing me if you are targeted by this scam, hopefully we can put together a resource for those people being targeted by this, as well as those who are investigating it!


  1. I posted a link back to your Blog on my Blog Amanda for more people to read this warning.

  2. i got this email today, knew it was a scam but wanted to see if anyone else had gotten this. i googled the email address and got this blog posting. this is the second time now that i have gotten an email trying to rip off artists, etc. thanks for posting this!

  3. New spin on an old scam. It has been around longer than I have been online (1998). Google "overpayment scam".
    Thank you for showing it is still going on and informing people who are new to the internet. The more people keep themselves informed the safer they will be.

  4. I also have been corresponding with this individual, so she is still at it. I suspected a scam and when I told her that I needed a bank wire for the funds, she stopped responding.

  5. I had this email and was corresponding. I told them I would not give my address and they have not responded back. I suspected from the beginning though.

  6. I too received the same emails from Marta Smith in Australia. I decided to google the freight company and found your blog! Thanks for the info!

    Sandy G