BEWARE escrow scam - www.safeway-online.com

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  1. I just got an email from a Kim Andersen from Spain today. The person created an ebay account sayXXX444 and asked for shipping charge via fedex and then sends out an email like this :

    Here's what the email says :

    Hi,

    I will give you $2,005 and you will pay the shipping . Because of the high amount of money i will prefer using an escrow service. I will cover the fees of the escrow.


    The escrow company i want to use is
    www.safewayonline.com please read their terms and condition and if you are agree with them please register and let me know the email address you use for registration in order for me to initiate the transaction.

    You don't need to insure the bag because I will insure the bag to the escrow company at the real value of $2,005 so you don't need to insure the bag anymore.

    Best regards,
    Kim

    Here's the reply when I told the person I only want to go through paypal :[​IMG]

    I am very sorry but i want to complete this deal through a escrow company. I want to use a escrow service for our security,in that case neither one of as will risk losing money or merchandise,i will cover all the escrow fees.

    Best regards,
    Kim
     
  2. Crazy that they would think anyone would fall for that scam, but you never know..thanks for the warning.
     
  3. Sorry, I'm sitting here in the cold and my brain's somewhere on a beach in Fiji. I don't get it, can someone explain the scam?
     
  4. ^ it's a fake escrow company. what a poor scammer. he didn't even set up the fake escrow company's website yet (safewayonline.com).

    essentially it's a fake escrow company made to look real and reliable. buyer "sends" payment and seller sees payment has been "made" to the fake escrow. seller sends item and never gets paid. never hears from the buyer again.
     
  5. I wouldn't accept this either. But, how does it 'scream' scam? I am lost too...
    The site is up so I guess somebody could go through with the buyer's request.
     
  6. Thanks for the explanation. Is this definitely a dodgy site? The only info I get when googling Safe-way Online is about the Safeway stores.
     
  7. Tell her use Western Union which is a well-known payment service worldwide. Never use anything you're not familiar with.
     
  8. that totally has scam written all over it
     
  9. safe-wayonline.com - registration info

    Domain Name: SAFE-WAYONLINE.COM
    Registrar: XIN NET TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Whois Server: whois.paycenter.com.cn
    Referral URL: http://www.xinnet.com
    Name Server: NS2.XINNET.CN
    Name Server: NS2.XINNETDNS.COM
    Status: ok
    Updated Date: 14-jul-2008
    Creation Date: 14-jul-2008
    Expiration Date: 14-jul-2009

    And this is what you get if you search xinnet.com
    http://www.xinnet.com/

    Domain Name: XINNET.COM
    Registrar: XIN NET TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Whois Server: whois.paycenter.com.cn
    Referral URL: http://www.xinnet.com
    Name Server: NS.XINNET.CN
    Name Server: NS.XINNETDNS.COM
    Name Server: NS2.XINNET.CN
    Name Server: NS2.XINNETDNS.COM
    Status: clientDeleteProhibited
    Status: clientTransferProhibited
    Status: clientUpdateProhibited
    Updated Date: 24-oct-2007
    Creation Date: 17-dec-1999
    Expiration Date: 17-dec-2016

    Note that MANY people DO use escrow services for online transactions and there are some legitimate ones. This one appears to originate out of China.
    If I were you, I would forward all of the above info AND your email to Ebay AND Internet Crime Complaint center http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx and the IFCC http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Internet_Fraud.shtml.
     
  10. thanks for the info, i will do that - it makes me sick to thiink they can get away with this
     
  11. Well, if you want to use an escrow service, I suggest Escrow.com
     
  12. ALSO report them to ripoffreport.com
     
  13. OMG, I just received this exactly email from Kim Anderson, exactly every words, first she sent me via Ebay email, to asked if I would ship to Spain. I told her NO, because paypal won't protect me. But if she really want the bag, she can pay via Western Union, and I will ship to her, then I received her reply to me via my direct email, not Ebay message and told me about Escrow. I don't bother myself to answer her, and I catched
    this topic! Luckily!