re: ebay Scam with Agile Gmbh - a German company
I was contacted by a person claiming to be a past customer of my online website, however she stated she bought the item from me on eBay...which raised a red flag immediately since I do not sell on eBay. Her letter reads:
This is Lisa Schnaidt, we recently were involved in trasaction on Ebay.
I also work part time as the US affiliate of a German company - AgileGmbH, and I'm writing you because I need an Ebay member, with permanent Internet access, to fill in for me for about five weeks, while I'm on vacation.
If your schedule allows you to work one hour a day - weekdays only, and if you could use an extra income (7.5% of the transactions) please let me know.
Ripon, CA 95366
I replied asking for more info:
I don't sell on eBay...you ordered these from our website.
I do have a friend who sells on eBay that may be interested....can you tell me much more about what this job entails, please ?
The imposter replied:
I'm leaving on Wednesday, the 3th of December, and I will return on the the 10th of January. If this should not interfere with your schedule, this is what the job entails:
The distribution company that I work for - Agile GmbH - has extended its retail business (electronic products distribution) in the US market and like most of the European merchants, Agile uses an affiliate payment processor for US orders that are paid with local bank wire.
Basically, here is what I have to do for each order: First I am notified when they receive an order and the customer chooses to pay with local bank wire transfer - the amount and date of
the payment. After the buyer has completed the payment to my account, I have to confirm the receipt so Agile can ship the product.
Then, after the payment has cleared, I keep the 7.5% (my commission) and I send the amount due to Agile (total order amount minus 7.5%) by postal Money Order.
Of course, you will keep the entire commission for the period that I will be away, should be about $500 per week, depending on the company sales. If you think you can handle it I can ask Mr. Schneider - the manager, to send you full instructions.
Please let me know at your earliest convenience, I want to settle this before I leave.
I contacted my REAL customer and she is in the process of contacting her local police department, yahoo (since this person set up a yahoo account using her name) and also eBay.
I searched your posts and found some similar back in the year 2005...but nothing recently!
So I wanted ot make everyone aware that it's going on again.
I found it very dishearteneind when I phoned the Crime Stoppers and the City of Manteca Police Department (my REAL customer's town) and was told "until a crime has been committed we can't do anything!"
How are we supposed to catch these theiving scammers if law enforcement won't help us!!??