Fraud Prevention Tips:
Suggestions on how to differentiate legitimate shipping companies from fraudsters posing as fake and false "shipping companies" to defraud you:
Any "shipping company" who doesn't give you a physical address or references, including bank references, is hiding something. If they ask you to send them moneys via Western Union , which cannot be traced, it is usually a sign that they are very likely trying to defraud you.
You can easily avoid getting cheated out of your hard earned money, by following a few common sense steps as we suggest herein.
You as the customer have a right to know who you are dealing with. If they give you a physical address, make sure that it is accessible and convenient for you to visit. You should, indeed, visit them before you give them your cargo or transfer funds to them by any means. If the address does not check out or is inaccessible, it's a safe bet that it probably isn't legitimate.
If they give you a website, it should be more than one page or two, and all of the buttons should be operational and take you to the respective pages when you click on them. Fraudsters have been known to copy selected pages from our website, who use the selected pages to trick people into thinking they are legitimate. They will also represent themselves with similar sounding names to ours, but never quite the same. And they will give you email addresses that incorporate part of our name, such as email@example.com (any of the common email hosts such as yahoo, gmail, aol, etc.). So if you’re given a website address by anyone trying to sell you a shipping service, that website must have a CONTACT US page, listing all of their physical address details, telephone numbers and email addresses. If there is no contact page, that is a tell-tale sign that the given "website" may be trying to pass off as someone that they are not.
For your information, all our email addresses are followed by @exship.com, such as firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, etc.
If you're trying to send a small quantity of cargo, first try the US Postal Service - your friendly neighborhood post office, DHL, UPS, TNT, FEDEX, etc., who will be glad to ship cartons for you.
If the cartons' dimensions and/or volume exceed the maximum size allowed by the above, there are literally thousands of legitimate freight forwarders and shipping companies who can ship any kind of cargo for you overseas.
For other types of cargo, including vehicles of any kind, you may find countless legitimate Freight Forwarders by looking up the nearest ocean port to where you are, and checking out their "services directory" on their websites, in which you're likely to find dozens if not hundreds of Freight Forwarders and other shipping companies who can ship for you.
You may also call your local US Customs office or office at the nearest port, and they can give you many names of legitimate companies. In addition, you may call any number of organizations, such as your local Chamber of Commerce to get names. You may also contact any steamship line to get referrals. Steamship lines are listed on the respective websites' ports directories, or the port's information office. Or you may simply look in your local telephone directory under "freight forwarders", or "shipping companies".
If you're thinking about shipping with anyone but you don't quite feel sure about them, you need to get references from them, and ensure that they have a physical address for their office and warehouse, and if at all possible, visit them at their warehouse or office to judge for yourself if they are a well established and legitimate company.
Bank references: If a suspect shipping company provides you with a bank reference, look up the bank online to get their phone number and call them directly. Ask the bank manager to let you know how long the company in question has had his bank account at the bank. If the bank account is new, you need to be very wary of doing business with the company in question, especially if other factors give you reason to suspect fraud.
If the bank manager cannot provide the requisite information for you, then you need to call the company in question and get them to call their bank and give the bank manager authorization to release the information of how long they've had their account with the referenced bank.
If the company in question is not happily forthcoming with the authorization for the bank to duly inform you what you need to know for your due diligence, that will be one more reason against doing business with them.
If you're buying vehicles on line, you should consider the following:
The same cautions apply to sellers of vehicles or merchandise online re physical addresses and phone numbers, etc., as outlined above for shipping companies.
Any legitimate seller who has a car for sale will not hesitate to make the vehicle physically available for an inspection. If any seller tells you that they are not available to show you the car, or that they just moved overseas, and will not give you a physical address or a verifiable telephone number (you may call the phone company to find out how long someone has had a telephone number registered in their name, as well as find the respective physical address for the given telephone number), then it means that could be aiming to trick you out of your hard earned money. If you can not obtain a physical address for a seller, or inspect the vehicle in person (you can always look up a towing company in the local telephone book to ask them to check out a car for you, or a local mechanic's shop who will inspect the vehicle for you for a small fee), you'll likely never see the seller or your money again.
Any seller asking for payment via Western Union gives a good sign that they are up to no good - any legitimate business man or private party should be able to give you a bona fide bank account into which to wire transfer the funds in payment for the transaction in question, after doing your due diligence.
Before paying even a legitimate seller for a vehicle or any merchandise, we suggest you make them sign a letter of intent (a contract) to turn over the vehicle and title over to you upon receipt of the funds, and this way they cannot say that you owed them the money or any such a thing, and refuse to turn the car over to you. In this way you will at least have some document to prove your ownership, and have legal recourse in the event that the seller not turn the car over to you, or he should die and the car get tied up in a probate situation that could take several years to resolve itself.
We suggest you should also have the seller fax you a copy of the title, so that you can inquire about with the respective Department of Motor vehicles as to its legitimacy, if need be.
Finally, if the deal seems "too good to be true", then in all likelihood, it is not true, regardless of how much you wish it were true!
We hope this helps to prevent you from becoming a victim to fraud.
You may call us at our toll-free number if in the USA , our regular number if outside the USA , if we may be of any further assistance.