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

  1. I got the same banner request from Andy Koster. Had a feeling it might be a scam, went to look up ‘Monopoly Supplies’ in CA and this post is the first thing that popped up. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Business Owner says:

    I got this one this morning. Thanks for posting this scam info and providing a forum. The attachment was a pdf file called ” JeBreau Housing 10th Anniversary.pdf “.

    My name is Andy Koster and I am with Monopoly Supplies. I am in need of banners for an anniversary program. I would like to be quote on 40 pieces of the two sizes given below with grommets:

    DPI Resolution is 300.
    Format can be either EPS or a PDF would be fine.
    Sizes: 9” x 3” and 6” x 3″ (feet)
    Artwork: See attached PDF

    I will appreciate a call or an email back to discuss about project and I can be reached at 213-258-1486 or send me an email to akoster.office@gmail.com
    Thank You,
    Andy Koster.

  3. Nadia Browning says:

    Our company received such a solicitation from Andy Koster at Monopoly Supply with an address of 745 Coney Island Dr, Sparks NV 89431. They wanted 40 banners quoted and shipped to Papua New Guinea. The guy used the email akoster.office@gmail.com. Telephone 213-258-1486.

  4. callie says:

    got the same email

    From: Wayne Adkins [mailto:waydkins@gmail.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 5:31 PM
    To: info
    Subject: Barrier Inquiry

    Hello Sales,
    I am Wayne Adkins of Monopoly Warehouse and I write to inquire about barrier fence 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. Gilman says:

    Hello Sales,
    I am Wayne Adkins of Monopoly Warehouse and I write to inquire about barrier fence 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

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  6. Chris says:

    I got one of these from “Andy Koster” of Monopoly Supplies listing the same telephone number. Thanks for posting this! I appreciate the warning.

  7. Bill McKinley says:

    Greetings Benchmark Imaging,

    Andy Koster sent the following message via the contact us page;

    Hi Mike – Thanks very much for setting up this page. We get these things at least 10 times a year. Fortunately unscathed so far.

    ” My name is Andy Koster and I am with Monopoly Supplies. I am in need of banners for an anniversary program. I will appreciate a call or an email back to discuss about project and I can be reached at 213-258-1486 or send me an email to akoster.office@gmail.com Thank You, Andy Koster. ”

    Email: akoster.office@gmail.com

  8. Now for fishing tackle?

    My name is Kendrick Omari with Monopoly Warehouse ,I am contacting your company based on an inquiry on Reels .I will be grateful if you can send product information on your Reels or a catalog to browse through;

    What type of credit cards do you accept for pick up orders ?

    Do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions related to the quote request as I look forward to work with your company on the order .

    Sincerely,
    Kendrick Omari

    Monopoly Warehouse
    1155 E Pico Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90021

  9. Jeff Parker says:

    You have received a contact request from a visitor to your storefront at http://shop.cvmw.com:

    E-mail Address: cmaurc@gmail.com
    Name: Maurice Carter
    Company: Monopoly Warehouse
    Phone Number: 213-258-1486
    Request:

    Sales,
    I am Maurice Carter with Monopoly Warehouse. I write to inquire about a Ladders,please send information and pricing as per the below

    Please contact me should you require any more information

    Thank You
    Maurice Carter

  10. Lucas Crasper says:

    Name Lucas Crasper
    E-mail Address lcrasp@gmail.com
    Company Monopoly Warehouse
    Phone 213-258-1486
    Message Sales, My name is Lucas Crasper with Monopoly Warehouse and I am contacting your business to inquire lights to purchase. Kindly email a link/ catalog along with pricing information of various types of lights you carry so that I can browse through to make a choice. Do not hesitate to contact me regarding my proposal. Please advice if there\’s any financial charge paying via credit card. Thank You, Lucas Crasper

  11. Jose Medina says:

    My name is Maurice Carter and I am the office manager at Monopoly Supplies. I came across your website via an ad online. We are looking for a long term partnership with your company for the purchase of Boxes as we honor your enthsiasm to help us in achieving our target. I would be delighted if you could send over a quote on various types/style of Boxes based on specifications provided below:
    L x W x H : 16 x 12 x 12
    L x W x H : 6″ x 6″ x 6
    L x W x H : 20″ x 10″ x 8
    Moreover, Advice discounts and elucidate if there’s a levy paying via credit card. We are eagerly awaiting to hear from you momentarily.
    Best Regards,
    Maurice Carter.
    Monopoly Warehouse
    1155 E Pico Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA
    Phone: 213-258-1486

  12. Randy Abercrombie says:

    Old Wayne is in the locker business now. Been seeing this broken English email for years. I just trash them anymore.

    Email: waydkins@gmail.com
    Name: Wayne Adkins
    Phone: 213-258-1486
    Comment: Hello Sales, I am Wayne Adkins with Monopoly Warehouse. I write to inquire about Lockers which i would like you to call me on the number below to discuss. Kindly get back to me as i am looking forward to work with you on this project. Thank You, Wayne Adkins Monopoly Warehouse 1155 E Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90021 Tel : 213-258-1486

  13. 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!

  14. 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

  15. Bob says:

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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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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