TNT UK — Scam
I saw a deal for a LED TV for $560 that seemed almost too good to be true. I looked the company up and they seemed legitimate, so I pursued the deal. I received this email:
Tracking Number: [protected]
Important TNT Payment Instructions/Shipment Details
Please read the Instructions carefully.
Click here to track your package: Tracking
Dear TNT Customer,
We have your package in our custody.
Description of goods: 1 x SAMSUNG 46" 1080p 120Hz LED TV
Sender of package ( Seller ): Alexa White
Receiver of package ( Buyer ): Allison Rudd
Address: 3111P Walnut Creek Parkway
City / State: Raleigh, NC
Zip(City Code): 27606
Delivery Type: TNT Express 2nd Day Delivery - After the Payment is received and verified by TNT
Amount to be paid by the Buyer: USD $560.00
Payment Instructions - Receiver of the Payment - Cort Flores
The payment must be made through Western Union Money Transfer to the Name of the TNT Agent who is in charge with this transaction - Cort Flores using the Money in Minutes Service from Western Union.
Important Note: The Payment must be made at one of Western Union's Agent Locations, in person by the Buyer. The payment must not be made using Western Union's Send Money Online Service due to the high Credit Card fraud risk. We will not confirm any payments made online.
You must go to a Western Union Agent Location and make a Money Transfer to the Name of the TNT Agent who is responsible with this transaction - Cort Flores.
In order to complete the Money Transfer using the Money in Minutes Service you will need the Payment Details of our TNT Agent:
Please make your Money Transfer payable to:
First Name: Cort
Last Name: Flores
Address: Malet Street
Zip(City Code): WC1E 7HU
Country: United Kingdom
In order to confirm your Payment we require a scanned copy of the Western Union Customer Receipt/Transfer Confirmation. Please send us the scanned copy of the Western Union Customer Receipt/Transfer Confirmation at: email [protected]@shipTNT.uk.com Once we will receive the scanned copy of the Western Union Customer Receipt/Transfer Confirmation we must validate the Western Union Money Transfer and then collect it. This process may take up to 12 hours depending on the time we will receive the scanned copy of the Western Union Customer Receipt/Transfer Confirmation.
Important Note! Please read: we cannot collect the Western Union Money Transfer without the scanned copy of the Western Union Customer Receipt/Transfer Confirmation. Please send us the scanned copy of the Western Union Customer Receipt/Transfer Confirmation after you complete the Payment.
I followed these instructions and sent the money. I received another email saying that I would receive the package in 2 days. It wasn't until I tried to track the package and I saw no update to the tracking status that I realized I got completely screwed. This was a total ripoff and now I'm out $560. Turns out a lot of people have been nailed by this.