This is to let all of you know the rip-off by Bay Corals that happened to me who is a South Korean member here and run a Korea-based retailer and wholsaler for corals and marine fishes.
I am the very South Korean customer who was mentioned in Cuong L's posting on Feb 6th in "Announcement" section of this site, and have been flustered at the scam of Bay Corals. I have seen Bay Corals in the vendor category until recently, but out of the blue I don't see him around any more.
Here is what happened.
As an importer of corals and marine fishes, I came to be a member of the well-known great web site called R2R, where I happened to find Bay Croals to which we gave an order for corals and paid US $ 2,275 to Hung Lam who has been in charge of responding to all of our email messages from the start to the last day when we lost contact. Just right after all the money wire to the guy called "Hung Lam", we haven't heard from him and later found his homepage gone after the money wire.
Since the payment, we had lost every contact with Hung Lam and got worried about the possibility of scam. With our efforts, we got his phone number and called at his phone and reached a guy (nicknamed "Cuong L" in R2R) who kept asserting he has nothing to do with the business I had with Hung Lam who he said is his brother. I told him ins and outs, asking him to contact his brother to deliver all our worries and to ask him to contact us by email or by my mobile phone. Cuong L told me that he will contact his brother to give my message but I haven't heard from Cuong L either for two days since the call. In two days, I called him again but all his answer to me was that he couldn't get hold of his brother for the last two days. I asked him to help us by contacting him as soon as possible and he texted me back in a split second, saying that he just contacted his brother but he said "I just called my brother. He never sold anything for a few months." On seeing that text, I called him back to ask him for Hung Lam's phone number to have talk with him, but Cuong L refused it, repeating that his brother didn't sell anything to you. Today I got a text message from Cuong L that said " I called FBI and IC3". But what I feel does not make sense is that I heard clearly "Hung Lam" in a recorded guy's voice when I called Cuong L and my call was transferred to voice mail if he does not answer my call. This means the owner of the phone I called can be "Hung Lam" not Cuong L as Cuong L keep insisting. I heard this "Hung Lam" in guy's recorded voice so many times because Cuong L didn't answer my call countless times.
When I was first introducted to R2R, I couldn't be happier to be a member of a prestigeous web site R2R with beneficial information. However, this scam has turned my high expectation into a nightmare that I had never imagined would happen in a great web site like R2R, leaving me flustered not knowing what to do and how to get my money back.
I keep all the email messages exchanged each other and wire transaction details. I find "the name of account holder is "Hung Lam" who runs Bay Corals " and the home address informed by him is the same as Hung Lam's. How perfectly everything falls into place like this.
I gently ask for you guys help and counsel to work out a way to solve this as I feel in a situation where all the trust of our customers I have built up seems to have fallen apart because of this scam and I need to solve this issue as soon as possible to reduce the trust damage.
I appreciate your time and attentive ears.