Businesses, Beware of a Wholesale Scam
I’ve been also contacted by these people talking to me about the fashion industry and orders, asking to pay by credit card, and so on.
I knew right away it’s a scam just by looking at the map (almost neighbors with Nigeria), but maybe some business owners were not so fortunate.
So far this is affecting Canada and United States to my knowledge, but maybe more countries in reality. I thought at first that this was something new, but I see exactly the same kind of postings from people in 2011, 2012, and so on – same message, but different name.
This is posted on Bella Rouge Couture page
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ALL U.S. BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE FASHION & RELATED INDUSTRIES: Regarding the following below
BOULEVARD ROUME BOUTIQUE
21 Grand Carrefour
Cote d Ivoire 225
If you are contacted by the aforementioned international “company” and/or person/person(s) on the Ivory Coast, DO NOT PROCEED WITH ANY TRANSACTIONS. THIS IS FRAUDULENT (A SCAM; NOT LEGITIMATE) AND YOU WILL SUFFER FROM MONETARY LOSS & LOSS OF MERCHANDISE.
PLEASE SHARE THIS POST AND PASS ALONG TO OTHERS SO THAT WE CAN AVOID BEING VICTIMIZED. I have already been contacted by a few Business Owners ( Allison RockLove Hourcade, Winifred Bean Bride, and another wholesaler), who have also been targeted by the same “company.” We are working to spread the word about these predators and save U.S. businesses from falling into a vicious trap (and possibly bankruptcy)!
A sample of what I got in my correspondence:
How are you today, my name is Andrea Smith, the owner of Marie Fashion Store..I will like to order for some items in your store,but before i proceed i will like to know if you can supply and ship to Ivory-Coast and if you accept CREDIT CARD as payment.. Kindly advise me ASAP, so i can proceed with the list of needed items.
Andrea Fashion Store
… so I first asked what they need and they placed a completely unrealistic order (I know how businesses order, and they don’t ask for things in such a random fashion, so I knew already it’s not something for real). Common, who in the fashion industry doesn’t even mention the colour and style number of the items they want?
Andrea,In order to place an order you need to indicate the product code and product colour. Let’s say there are about 50 microfibre tights out there. I don’t know which ones you meant.You’ll also get lower rates.They accept paypal.
SorryDon’t boarder getting my order ready because i was thinking of paying with my company Visa credit card account, that is the fastest and the safer way for my business we deal on quick delivery as customer demand everytime of the day, if i have to do wire transfer i will have to pay more tax cos the goverment will be able to monitor my trading by the end of the year. and i will have to pay 10% transfer fees at the bank that don’t work for me, Sorry for taking all your time.Also i have checked with Pay Pal they don’t have my country on the list, I will be more happy if you can allow me to forward you my CC information so you can charge it on your termnal machine.
Andrea,My credit card processing company cannot guarantee my safety for this transaction because your country is in fact well known for such problems with credit card transactions.
You just have trust in me,there nothing like problem for this transaction okay i will give you my world if you are ready to proceed with me let me know so i will arrange my self and start the process to forward my card to you so you would be happy to charge on your terminal machine overthere.
Hello,I found you when searching through the internet now and i would like to place an order for some of your clothing for immediate delivery.Let me know what you have in mind,.Thanks
Cote d Ivoire
Some other websites describe exactly the same situation under different names – Mrs Naomie George the owner of (Naomie Fashions Store ) and so on.
Example of a scam correspondence from Facebook:
Was (at my job) putting in a full day’s work and Bella Rouge Couture was putting in work for me! Got an email from Ebay AND Paypal confirming that an order was placed for one of my Berry Print Short Rompers (currently on sale through ebay for only $19.99)! I love making (extra money) while I’m trading my time for dollars. It just makes more cents (pun intended).….God continues to shower his #Business #Blessings and I’m excited for the possibilities that exist for 2014. If you’re not following our Bella Rouge Designs’ Brands, let me update you: Bella Rouge Couture has recently received an inquiry by a representative of an International Boutique. She is interested in stocking her shop with 236 of our items! We are in the preliminary stages of negotiations and are working to establish a mutually beneficial relationship. Your Legacy Jewelry continues to have phenomenal success on #eBay and we look forward to growing our (jewelry) business via other online platforms. We were invited to join a new online sharing economy community to showcase our hand-crafted jewelry. Once we confirm we’ll be participating, we’ll have another storefront and distribution point for our goods and Interior Design services. All of these opportunities make the hard work, sweat, tears, frustrations, and lack of sleep worth every second of time spent on following my dreams, pursuing my passions, and living in my Purpose. I strive to stay in God’s Grace so that I can use the gifts He’s given me.….
Just sent an invoice from Bella Rouge Couture to the representative of Boulevard Roume Boutique in Koumassi, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)! God willing, this business transaction will be completed and we’ll have our first international sale of our fashion line and more #Business #Blessings to celebrate.
My Ivory Coast prospective client for Bella Rouge Couture emailed to say that she wants to have a new invoice to include a total of 292 Special Order items (special event dresses, wear-to-work dresses, evening dresses, and dressy tops and blouses) in addition to the items I currently have in stock and have already quoted her for. She wants to be able to save on shipping and would prefer to combine her orders. This new potential order is in the 4-figure zone! We’re trying to work things out with my vendors and find the most economical shipping resource. So far, USPS’s International shipping has even UPS beat. Please keep the positive vibes flowing for these #Business transactions to go through. God has brought me this far with the negotiations. I trust that He has a bigger plan for me. Maybe I’m being prepped for International Business (one of my dreams), but only He knows and holds my future. Regardless of the outcome, I’m grateful for the learning experience. See what my new friend is so excited about —> Visit http:www.brougecouture.com….
ATTENTION FACEBOOKERS: I need and request your help, but first —> All praises and glory be to God. My Ivory Coast International Client has authorized me to process her credit card for BOTH of the Bella Rouge Couture orders! This is the most amazing #Business #Blessing and an excellent start to the New Year. I just wish I had the foresight to confirm whether my current merchant service gateway could process an International transaction for her region. I will remain strong in my faith and have no doubts that I can find a resolution. I have contacted my other merchant service resource to see if they can accommodate us. Please pray and/or send positive vibes, that this works out. I have closed the sale but cannot process the payment. I want to scream!!!! I learned a little lesson in International Business nonetheless. I AM DETERMINED TO FIGURE THIS OUT…I need to sleep on it and be refreshed for the morning to get back at finding a solution. I welcome any suggestions. Thanks in advance.
Such conversation continues…
… Square doesn’t accept International processing outside of Canada and Japan. I tried on my device several times. When I checked online, I discovered they aren’t equipped. That’s the merchant service provider I was referring to in my post. As for PayPal, I spoke with them today and they can’t assist since her region doesn’t show in their system. They suggested I not attempt it because I would have no recourse if something went wrong.