Report: #69338

Complaint Review: Cristophe Ruttens Http://www.trade-through-us.com/index.html; Stephen J. Williams - Internet

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  • Cristophe Ruttens Http://www.trade-through-us.com/index.html; Stephen J. Williams http://www.uk-escrow.co.uk/index.php OR http://www.trade-through-us.com/index.html Internet Germany

Cristopher Ruttens trade-through-us.com/index.html; Stephen Williams WARNING ALL! SCAM Alert Fake Escrow Sites owned by scammer! Internet

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I am a seller on ebay of high end electronics. Yesterday a man claiming to be from Germany emailed me asking if he could purchase several units from me and pay with an escrow service he trusts. I told him no for several reasons:

I do not do international business
He hasn't had any recent transactions with Ebay
He seemed determined to use escrow and suspicious

He gave me the link to the website he trusts and uses for escrow,trying to get me to sign up and use it too. I told him no.

I looked deeper into him, and discovered that he is registered with Ebay as a Canadian user even though he told me he was from Germany (possibly a highjacked account), looking at his email message headers, they conflicted with his email address. His email address is haffa283@yahoo.de, headers have a liberian prefix.

I looked at the escrow company website he was trying to push on me and in the contact info, it shows the Manager of the company. The managers name is the same name of the person trying to get me to use the escrow service. I WOULD have lost over $15,000 to this person as the escrow service he wanted to use was his own scam escrow service.

I want to warn others of him. The domain was purchased only last month.


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Hello sir,
I am interested in the item
Brand New: NEC HT1000 Projector Awesome! Item number: 3053342629 you have for sale I am located in Frankfurt, Germany and i run a small bussiness here I own an electronics store and your price very good compared to the prices my providers have for me First of all i want to know if you are willing to shipp it to me overseasand if yes how much will the amount for the shipping be . Second which service will u use UPS or FEDEX. Personaly I prefere FEDEX ( i have used it before and everything worked out fine). But if u use UPS that's fine too.
And most important , if u have more units like the one i am interested in or other at the same competitive prices please mail me a list of them . Again I am very interested in doing bussiness with you sir.
For the method of payment i use an escrow service. It is the only way for me ..I have done many deals through them and I trust only an escrow service.
One last thing :I do not make deals over the phone. I just ensure myself in case of fraud i can use the mails for evidence.
I hope u understand and i look forward to hear from u.
My e-mail address is : haffa283@yahoo.de Please let me know Best regards


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i want to buy 4 units i use escrow only

the escrow service is www.trade-through-us.com
u simply have to register to them and initiate the transaction
u will be guided step by step it is very simple sir
my id is my email address
mail me if u agree to these terms

Go to: http://www.trade-through-us.com/contac-us.html
To see a picture of the general manager of the above website and see his name, same as that of the man who emailed me.

Go to: http://www.uk-escrow.co.uk/contact.php
To see a picture of this escrow site's general manager who ironically is an identical twin of the man from trade-through-us...only with a different name.

North Providence, Rhode Island

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