How the printing quote scam (doesn’t) work

by +Mike Poller If you’ve received a scammer email, please enter it in the comments below so other printers may find it with a Google search, and avoid being ripped off… Don’t fall for printing, banners, t-shirts, plaques and awards fake order scams… This is how they work:

  1. You receive an unsolicited e-mail quote request.
  2. You respond with a quotation or ask for more information.
  3. Your quote will be accepted, immediately, no questions asked. They will supply you with credit card billing info.
  4. An “emergency” will come up and you will be asked to prepare the job for delivery to somewhere far, far away. I was asked to ship a supposed order to Sweden this morning.
  5. They provide a “recommended shipping company” contact email for you to get shipping costs. Typically a gmail, hotmail or yahoo email address.
  6. Shipping company quotes some huge sum. You are asked to charge the shipping, taxes and printing/product charges under one bill to a credit card.
  7. You go ahead and charge everything to the credit card.
  8. You are asked to pre-pay the shipping by Western Union Money Order upon pick-up by the shipper.
  9. Days later, the credit card is charged back to you. You are out whatever it cost you for the printing/product, your time and whatever you paid the shipper. The shipping company is bogus and is no doubt keeping some scammer drunk, fat and happy.
  10. Giveaways: The scammer never mentioned any artwork, just accepted my quote and asked me to proceed. Like that’s gonna happen… Religious messages, signing as Reverend or Minister and church-related jobs seem to be common in this type of scam.

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• If you’ve got a scammer email, enter it in the comments so other printers may find it with a Google search… And please, feel free to pass around this link and “Like” this post (below) so other printers become aware and we can put these scammers out of business. Here’s a short URL to use on Twitter http://bit.ly/10nyhKL

• Don’t use your real email account when replying to scammers.

What to do about this?
Report these scammers to their email providers. Most email providers, including Gmail, urge you to report suspicious emails and scams. Reporting a suspicious message will help block that user from sending more emails and help stop future scams. Forward the scam email to abuse@gmail.com with full headers displayed.

Link to report for Yahoo mail

February 2013 update: It appears that 891 Davis Street in San Francisco is a parking lot

printer scam flyer artwork

Printer scam flyer looks like this

And this is the flyer artwork they will send you if it gets that far… It will be a low-res PDF file.

July 6, 2010 update: Well, well, well… the scammers are out in force. Just received an email from the actual person at the Bentley Drive address in Warrington, PA 18976. They are, needless to say, rightfully incensed about the use of their address. Please be advised the people in Warrington have nothing to do with this scam and have referred the matter to their local police department.

Scammer name: Rev. James Mallons, 210 Sterilin Avenue, Osborne, Sweden
Scammer email: jmallons@gmail.com
Scammer bogus shipper email: smartshippingline@gmail.com



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559 Responses to How the printing quote scam (doesn’t) work

  1. MR says:

    Looks like they are at it again.. we just had them contact us and we almost didn’t catch it.
    Didn’t speak with a Wayne, but did speak with a Maurice Carter now. Same exact process as the above mentioned. Using a freight company of “Crown Freight” out of New Jersey.

    Exact same address provided and phone number. Shipping to Madagascar now.
    First request came in for 16 items as 1M each, and then turned into a confusing 16M of 1 item. Then things were going through and the quantity doubled. Nothing was produced yet, so glad we were able to detect something was funky and stopped the process from proceeding. Thanks for posting this so we quickly determined it was a scam!

  2. dlp says:

    From: Wayne Adkins [mailto:waydkins@gmail.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2015 12:08 PM
    To: sales
    Subject: Filter Inquiry

    Hello Sales,
    I am Wayne Adkins of Monopoly Warehouse and I write to inquire about filters products. I will like a catalog with products information to browse through and get back to you.
    Thank You
    Wayne Adkins
    Monopoly Warehouse
    1155 E Pico Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90021
    Tel : 213-258-1486

  3. Bob says:

    Wade Adkins is looking for filter products from Monpoly warehouse. waydkins@gmail.com Same old pay the shipping scam! Stay clear!

  4. Matt Siege says:

    I got the same loser just got 6/3/15. Its an immediate red flag if you sell this stuff everyday and his Gmail account.
    ___________
    Hello Sales,
    I am Wayne Adkins of Monopoly Warehouse and I write to inquire about filters products. I will like a catalog with products information to browse through and get back to you.
    Thank You
    Wayne Adkins
    Monopoly Warehouse
    1155 E Pico Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90021
    Tel : 213-258-1486

  5. Inside Sales says:

    Easiest thing to find out if someone is for real is use Google maps and go to street view. This place looks like a mini-pelican bay prison! Who are these people?! Ridiculous.

    Hello Sales,
    I am Wayne Adkins of Monopoly Warehouse and I write to inquire about filters products. I will like a catalog with products information to browse through and get back to you.
    Thank You
    Wayne Adkins
    Monopoly Warehouse
    1155 E Pico Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90021
    Tel : 213-258-1486

  6. Anthony says:

    Hello Sales,
    I am Wayne Adkins of Monopoly Warehouse and I write to inquire about filters products. I will like a catalog with products information to browse through and get back to you.
    Thank You
    Wayne Adkins
    Monopoly Warehouse
    1155 E Pico Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90021
    Tel : 213-258-1486

  7. Eric says:

    I am Andy Koster with Monopoly Warehouse. I write to inquire kilns/Ovens to purchase. Kindly email back with availability and pricing information per various types of kilns/Ovens you offer so that I can choose from.

    Let me know if there’s a possibility for pick up orders. If you should have any questions in relations to my request do not hesitate to email or call back. Advice if there’s a levy on credit card payment.

    Thank You,
    Andy Koster.
    Monopoly Warehouse
    1155 E Pico Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA
    Phone: 213-258-1486

  8. TR says:

    I received one from Wayne Adkins from Monopoly Warehouse also. Same Los Angeles address and phone number as others. Wanted to know what we sell and if we accepted credit cards. No one answered the phone the couple of times I called.

  9. technology specialist says:

    Hello Sales Department,
    I am Wayne Adkins with Monopoly Warehouse and I write to inquire about Solvent, and i would like you to send me a link to the types of solvents you have in stock and also the type of credit card that you do accept for payment and will also like to know about the possibility of pick up from store orders.

    Thank You
    Wayne Adkins

    Monopoly Warehouse
    1155 E Pico Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90021
    Tel : 213-258-1486

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