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Scams and scammers using these names: Rev MiKe ToNy, email@example.com, Africa
"And please do include GST to the price quote."
Are you looking to sell picture frames? Did "Rev MiKe ToNy" claiming to be from Africa contact you? Note that he says:
"And please do include GST to the price quote.".
That's a clue to a scam right there!
The single biggest clue is location: Africa. To make a poor pun, why on god's green earth, would a "Rev" in Africa want to order picture frames from a business in America? The shipping costs alone would be more than the cost of something similar available from a local source. Africa is not as backwards (in this respect) as you think. They have an ample supply and selection of picture frames there!
Any highlighted passages below are to draw your attention to typical scam clues:
After sending a quote by email he called me to complete the transaction. He wanted to order a quantity of 40 frames. He asked if it could be done as a rush job. He said he was at a conference in Georgia, but wanted to order these frames which his shipping company would pick up for delivery to his new church being built in Africa. I told him that I Was unable to accept a credit card over the phone and suggested that he could send a check or money order. He insisted that he could only pay by MasterCard and eventually hung up on me because I would not accept it over the phone.
Good morning,am Rev MiKe and i am writing to make an enquiry on picture frames,i would like to place an order on picture frames for my church,i would like to know if you can assit me on this,i would be very much happier if you could,the details of the frames that i need is below:
30 x 40 gold metal with backing and glass
i would like you to get back to me via my email and then let me know if you could get me this and then quote a price for me and how soon you think you could get them in and ready for picl-up,and let me know your forms of payment.And please do include GST to the price quote.Thank You Rev MiKe ToNy email : firstname.lastname@example.org