|Posted by Penny on February 13, 2014 at 5:10 AM|
I was scammed by a Mike Sharples of Manila SHARPLES GROUP LTD, who wanted to buy my natural skin care products for a shop in Philippines.
He purchased $2110.50 au worth of goods which I spent the next few weeks making day and night for my first intl customer.
He included the freight amount from AIR BUSINESS LOGISTICS.
So I was to pay $1875 to the fraudulent freight company and Mike Sharples paid up front by credit card.
Once I had transferred the $1875 to a ROSARIO B ALVIRDE air business logistics, Wells Fargo Bank Texas,
Mike sharples did a credit card charge back and won. I have heard that the bank almost always does back their own customer regardless of the situation! Obviously justice and honesty is not their highest priority.
I'm required to pay the credit card charge back fees for all the 4 transactions ($180) and a total of $3,902.04 AUD to Paypal. The NERVE!
My bank said they would do an International Trace and Recovery which cost $45, and yesterday a reply email said, they can only recover the funds if authorised by the scammer, yeah right! also they did not tell me this at the onset, they implied it was a sure thing. So I am feeling today that themoney is gone. I believed I had thought all the scenarios through, and the outcomes. I guess they are professionals and I didnt have a chance in hell. I must be completely honest though, I was afraid of this happening, and this is a very valuable lesson to trust my intuition more!
So I have been scammed $1875 and am in debt with paypal and the collection agency has already been in contact with me.
surely I am not the first to be scammed by this ass!
As Mike Sharples continued to order more products in large quantities I spent most of the money available on new supplies and essential oils.
I'm on a disability pension, and this is my new small business/Hobby registered last year after a nervous breakdown and recovery. I am feeling quite depressed after this incident. I detest injustice!
I can not believe, after I told the scammer of my situation and that I was a sole owner with very little capitol, he responded by saying "He knows what it's like to be hurt and would not do that to another person, and that he was enthusiastic to promote my natural goods in the Philippines".
Damn these fraudulent criminals. They need to be STOPPED!
Please share this where you can, to warn others!
If you have been approached by Mike sharples please report it to
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