Flipland Gold Mine - CE Engineering

A man by the name of Tobias Moyo from a company named Flipland Gold Mine in Zimbabwe sent our company an email (letter of intent) asking us to supply them with 100 Lothar Drill Bits. They requested that we have 10 drill bits available so that they can fly to SA and come and view the product, and once the product is verified, they will immediately process the payment. We subsequently sourced the product from a company named CE Engineering (the only source for the drill bits) and the smallest amount that we could order from them was 10 drill bits (+-R75 000.00). We placed the order for the drill bits and sent throught the payment on the Friday. On the Monday we called CE Engineering to find out when the order would be delivered as it was supposed to be delivered on Saturday, but alas, no longer any response. The companies were working together and it was all a ruse. The bank account was shut down by the banks, but the money had already been moved. These people have got fully functioning websites and the numbers that they provided for Tobias Moyo, from Flipland Gold Mine in Zimbabwe, and John Cunningham from CE Engineering, were answered and the people knew what they were talking about. These people generated local cellphone numbers by using a website called 'Sonetel' which generates phone numbers for use and disposal for free. These people ran the scam extremely professionally. Other products that these people use to scam the public with include drilling rigs, bolting rigs, hydraulic pumps, and more. They go by various alias' as well, such as 'DATECH'. Here are the websites that they used.
CE Engineering: http://cengineering.co.za/index.html
Flipland Gold Mine: http://www.fliplandmine.net/index.html

If I can offer some advise, in case you are uncertain about the deal being a scam or not, simply google the details and attach 'scam' to the end of those key words to see what comes up. Also make sure that the parts that you are sourcing can be found elsewhere on earth and not simply one location. Remember, if it's too good to be true, chances are it probably is.

Report ID: 6832
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Gauteng
Suburb: N/A
Address: South Africa, Zimbabwe
Crime Date/Time: 15 Aug 2014, 00:08 AM
Reported By: Username6832
Reported Date: 19 Aug 2014, 11:08 AM
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  • Adelle 30 Jul 2015, 01:05 PM

    They (Epoch Gold Mine in Zimbabwe) want our company to purchase a large bulk order of drill bits from Falcon Tools in Springbok. It seems like the two are working together to scam companies into accepting their offer. This is viewed as a scam because both of these companies do not exist and cannot be contacted, except for one individual claiming to be from either of these companies. Only one phone number and email address is always available. No person of authority can be contacted and sample drill bits cannot be purchased from Falcon Tools, according to them one must purchase in bulk (boxes). Neither of these companies or their contact persons can be validated or confirmed. Epoch Gold Mine - www.epochmine.com/ email - procurement@epochmine.com Falcon Tools - www.falcontoolsupplies.co.za/ email - sales@falcontoolsupplies.co.za

  • Lee W 24 Mar 2015, 08:07 AM

    We have just been contacted. Attention I.Was.Caught- I'm going to respond to Carte Blanche. Maybe they can lure the guys into a trap. I'm not going to respond to them just yet. You need to be a detective in SA today.

  • M. Parker 16 Feb 2015, 02:47 PM

    Similar modus operandi to the scams above, just using different companies. The potential customer is called Vumbachikwe gold mine in Zimbabwe. The buyer is called Mike Hungwe. The Terex drill bits required leads you to a company called Grafton Mining supplies. Grafton inform you that they dont have stock but Premium Mining Supplies is also an Agent who should be able to help. It turns out that both supply companies are run by the same scamsters. If its too good to be true, it probably is!!

  • I.Was.Caught 2 Dec 2014, 02:43 PM

    I so wish that I had seen this post previously! We were approached in the same manner, but for different mining parts. We were also unfortunately scammed out of a very large sum of money. After doing some thorough research, we have come up with just a few of the companies that this particular group are associated to. I have contacted Carte Blance and would be interested to hear from others that have been scammed in the same way. http://flexminingsupplies.co.za/ sales@flexminingsupplies.co.za www.murodzimining.co.zw / accounts@murodzimining.co.zw YUDAL MINING SUPPLIES / yudalminingsupplies.co.za / sales@yudalmining supplies www.makovha.com / purchasing@makovha.com www.msengeziresources.co.zw / accounts@msengeziresources.co.zw Tismor International / sales@tismor.co.za http://www.datech-sa.co.za/ sales (@) datech-sa.co.za , admin (@) datech-sa.co.za , accounts (@) datech-sa.co.za http://www.dynamictech.co.za/ info@dynamictech.co.za www.mining-technologies.co.za/service.html / sales@mining-technologies.co.za www.katsha-applidotcom.co.za/www.econoclastappliances.co.za/ Sales@katshadotcom.co.za shamvamining.co.zw / procurement@shamvamining.co.za sales @miningtechnology.co.za

  • Charlton2 21 Nov 2014, 11:48 PM

    This scam is still going strong, i got an enquiry for Otis TS drill bits, from Goldvest mine Zimbabwe, being very skeptical I googled them, their website just felt suspect and their company profile was identical to Flipland mine...not sure if that is also a fake website. Not being an expert in mining equipment I only found one company that does Otis drill bits and its www.parlows.co.za which is apparently in EP. They somehow had the 100 drill bits I needed. It all seemed all to cosy. I have been googling every angle and now I'm glad I found this site. Be wary of a Simon Moyo. To sum it up, if its too good it's gonna be a scam. I hope people read this and look out for Goldvest Mine as well as Parlows.

  • Username6832 29 Aug 2014, 07:33 AM

    I'm glad to hear that you didn't fall victim and I'm glad that we could help to prevent it from happening again. If it's not too much trouble, I suggest that you also report the crime on this site. The more information gets published about them the harder it will be for them to scam the next company.

  • A.N. Other 28 Aug 2014, 10:14 PM

    Thank you for posting this... I nearly fell victim to the same syndicate. Thankfully I'd requested I.D Books and Company Registration documents for both the supplier and customer as I'd never dealt with them previously.. The only difference here is that I was contacted by a Lameck Ngulube (Snr. Purhcasing Manger) at "Flipland Gold Mine". I was asked to source Hagan Drill Bits, which were only available from a Long Walk Trading in P.E (www.longwalktrading.co.za). I checked out their stated address on Google Maps (14 Burman Rd, P.E) and no warehouse was visible. When I quizzed the supplier on other clients they'd supplied I got vague answers. They also said their stock was being held in a bonded facility so would take 24-72hours to get goods released. Instantly I smelt a rat.. Mother f--kers! People like this deserve to be dragged behind a vehicle and finished off with a tyre around their neck!

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