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WPS Express Logistics Scam using Boat Trader Ad
Sep 10, 2018
Monetary Loss: $0
Similar to other recent post. Ad on Boat Trader had a smoking deal on a 2014 Nautique boat for $23k. Valued at ~$100k. Owner claims she is in the Air Force, recently divorced and awarded the boat in the divorce settlement and needs to sell due to being deployed oversees in 10 days. Needs the cash. Boat listed in San Jose, CA; in the water in Shreveport, LA but currently possession with WPS Express Logistics in Omaha, NE. Telephone number listed in ad is a fax # to a congressional office in San Luis Obispo, CA. WPS does not have physical address in Omaha where the boat can be viewed but only an address at the airport.
Found a 99 Newmar Mountain Aire motor home for $18,000.00. We were informed it belonged to an Air force officer who had been transferred from Nebraska to Alaska. He told us his name was Greg Pheffer ( we do not believe that the real Greg Pheffer is involved in this scam). They required a bank wire transfer. We became very suspicious of all the request and urgency by "Greg" to finish the deal. After several request to obtain a phone number or a way to talk to him personally we were never able to. He gave us pictures and very detailed information about the motor home. After thoroughly researching Greg Pheffer and the motor home information we found that all of the information was very detailed in the profile of Greg and ad about the motor home. We told Greg we had decided to fly to Nebraska and see the motorhome, pay with a cashiers check then drive it back. He said that WPS had already wrapped the 40' motor home for shipping. My son called WPS and talked to a man and asked about the motor home. The man became agitated and very defensive. We asked if we could get their address. He told us that they didn't have an address. After pressing for a mailing address he finally said they were at an airport in Omaha. He asked my son if he was going to buy something or not and then hung up. We called BBB in Omaha and asked about this company and they said that they had a note on their file that they have to read the whole file to anyone that inquired about this company. It took her at least 5 minutes to read it. She told us that WPS 12 different names, several complaints against them and are not at the locations say they are at. We are still receiving emails from Greg pushing us to wire transfer the money. We have 72 emails from him. We suspect David and Greg are the same people, that's why we can't talk to Greg.