On the 3th, November, I received and RFQ from EPOCH Gold Mine in Zimbabwe, from a guy called Ronald, Procurement Manager at EPOCH GM. Gave us an RFQ for 18 x Rixtrade RX180 18KM Energizers. I did a search for the product, and only found 1 company that has it in stock, and they are in Springbok, Northern Cape. I was given a quote by Louis, . I quoted Epoch Mine, and surprisingly received a PO the next day-
Total valued- R483000.
I contacted, RIX TRADE, to give us tech specs and a photo of the products in stock, so I can emailed the docs to EPOCH GM. I was send a photo of 1 product only , but I asked for a photo of the 18 that they had in stock.
I then received a letter from EPOCH GOLD MINE, confirming the Arrival confirmation letter and payment arrangements and collection. I was told that they will be coming to OR TAMBO on the 13TH, November 2015 @ 10am. and that I should get the stock , so that they can inspect the goods, and when they go to Durban to Inspect a shipment , They will confirm payment, and we must load the goods on to the truck, from Durban to Zimbabwe, via Johannesburg.
As I didn't have the money to buy all 18 , I called Louis, to confirm if he can send a sample with his driver, to their freight forwarder , so we can have the goods inspected. I was told to call Fatima, to get her approval. She insisted that they cannot send the goods, until they receive payment.
She even called me on Wednesday- 11th, to confirm payment , because it took 2 days for transport to JHB. I had a funny feeling about the PO.
It was the first time I received an rfq from EPOCH GOLD MINE , and to get a 483k order on my first quote- that was strange.
Then the product was only sold by 1 supplier- RIx TRADE - and they are based in Springbok.
I said a Prayer (thank you JESUS), looked up EPOCH GOLD MINE , again, and then found the Scam on Crime line.
Guys , please be careful,
|Crime Date/Time:||9 Nov 2015, 19:11 PM|
|Reported Date:||15 Nov 2015, 20:11 PM|