themobilestorelimited.webs.com — Online shopping scam
I saw the website selling mobile phones and gadgets. I proceed to enquire about Apple iPhone 4, which they asked me to put down order and provide mailing address. I placed order for 1 piece of iPhone 4. The salesperson Ali Hammd asked me to make payment for $450 USD. I agreed to make payment by Telegraphic transfer via my Bank account. I was told that they will ship out once I send them the confirmation slip. A while later, I was told by Ali that they are unable to ship out 1 unit and I'll need to get at least 3 units. I refused as I do not have sufficient funds. He gave up persuading and told me that its ok and they will ship it out.
They would ask you to make payment to this account:
Account number - [protected]
Name of Bank - Barclays
Account Name: Ali Yusuf
Iban - GB72BARC20673783815145
BIC/SWIFT - BARCGB22 Sort - 206737
Bank Address: 114-116 high street,
Postal code: PE2 8DP
Country: United Kingdom
Payment was already cleared when I called the bank. the next day, I was told that they didn't receive the funds and that I will need to make payment via Western Union in order to have my items received on that day and that, the storeman made a mistake and is sending me 4 sets of iphone 4 and 3 sets of iPad instead of the 1 piece that I had requested for and they they wanted me to make payment for all of them. I told them that its impossible. In order to recieve the stock, I went to Western Union to transfer S450 USD to his BOSS's Account which Ali said that he was in Nigeria for a new store opening, and that his accountant is following him so I need to transfer to the below address:
FIRST NAME IKENNA
LAST NAME OBI ADDRESS 120 COMPUTER VILLAGE CITY IKEJA STATE LAGOS
ZIP CODE 23401
Payment made on 21 Sep 2010 at 10am via Western Union and the Money was picked up in the afternoon. Ali promised delivery by 5pm yesterday, 22-Sep, but he disappeared from MSN messenger suddenly when I asked him to check my item delivery status. I checked the site which he provided www.delivery2udirect.totalh.com with the tracking number given and it simply shows item on transit. No news until today morning. He asked me if Malaysia is close to Singapore. And asked me about my tracking number. After a while he told me that my items are stuck at the customs and waiting for payment for tax charges and customer charges of $180 + $80 respectively and that it need to be paid under the company's name and that I would need to make payment to his company's account immediately if I want to receive my shipment. Shouldn't I be paying to the government for the taxes? Feeling very suspicious I asked that the company pays and then bill me for whatever is outstanding. He said that its not possible and that I should go make payment to his company if I want my package delivered today. I refused and asked for a cancellation and refund. He told me OK. But that will take days... if not, weeks! How crazy is that?
But it was too late.
Everyone BEWARE of this "Company" and the "Boss" Martin John and Sales person (Ali Hammd)!!!