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Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:37 pm

I'm in contact with someone I met on a social site last december we mostly talk through kik hangouts or email
He is telling me that he is a us marine stationed in kabul Afghanistan and will be done at June
Told me a lot of personal stuff about his life family what he likes hates about his dog what he wants to do after his retirement his other partime bussiness

In the begin of January he got the advise to send his lockbox home due redeplomentdetails and he needed his retirement documents submitted and his lockbox save told me the contents of the lockbox
He did sent it or at least sent something I got the airway bill trackingscode the website were I could check when it should arriving

Then the trouble begins the courier company suddenly changed the dispatch route Afghanistan Dubai Malaysia netherlands suddenly Thailand popped up last stop before the netherlands  and I got a email saying that the lockbox got scanned by customs and that there was valuta in it and this is something that's strange coz militairy stuff don't get scanned I know that coz my workhistory
The email we got was very intimidating with not the best grammer so yea I suspect courier scam emailscam 419 on this part told the company I don't pay anything that they have to contact the sender they kept on going intimidating by mail i payed the amount that was for clearens for the valuta at customs  by using the bank  details i got from them that's looking back a good thing coz I got most of the money back because they made the mistake that the reciever was missing
But now the whole dispatch is gone the trackingcode doesn't work anymore no idea where the lockbox is I don't know how to find out if it still in Thailand or not and it looks like the whole website is changed

But I'm confused coz the guy and I still talking doesn't ask me for money or anything he just saying that he wants to hire a lawyer for getting his lockbox back
He also gave me his bankaccount password everything had to look for him on it coz he wanted to show me what got him in trouble in the first place why he couldn't access the account he used a military workstation for personal benefit and got a severe warning for it and they told him that as long he is deployed his account will be monitored
I have a lot of personal photo's they don't popup anywhere uses different reversed image machines like tineye Google and more
He has a fb account Instagram with also photo's on it but different ones than i have still the same person
I wanna believe him I do but with all those scams going on I just don't know anymore

Re: Confused, I don’t know if I’m being scammed...

Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:49 pm

Don't believe him. It's a scam. A typical military romance scam. He, the love interest, is playing all the characters himself.

How the scams work

Stop all communication with him. Do not tell him you know he is a scammer or you reported here.
This guy has not asked directly for money yet, as he also runs the same "courier/customs officials" characters also.

Follow all of the advice here, to block him and protect yourself: What to do if you are a victim of a scam ... =3&t=26504

Expect an email from firefly or big al our administrator or moderator for the scammer's email account, fake sites, etc. used to scam.

Re: Confused, I don’t know if I’m being scammed...

Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:32 pm

You have an E-mail at the address you registered on our website with.

Re: Confused, I don’t know if I’m being scammed...

Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:11 pm

Yea thanks I replayed it

Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:21 pm

From a Survivor:

Scammer Info:

Name: Omer Shafer
Birthdate: 17 October 1977
From: Dallas, Texas
Claims to be: US marine stationed kabul Afghanistan 
Instagram: omershafer0
Kik account: Omershafer 
Facebook: omer shafer
The courier company used was fastlinkcourierser.Com
http:/ /
Fake bank Website:
http:/ /

Bangkok Bank public Company Limited (BBL)
Account number: 877739XXXX
Acc name: miss Kanlaya N.
Swift Code : BKKBTHBK
Address: Bangkok, 101500 Thailand

Address: Thailand

From: <>
Date:Mon 14 Jan 2019
Subject: Fastlink Courier Service Global Company

Regarding the delivery of your package, I would like to point out that
your package has been put into Thai customs for some reason, that
that is, the delivery policy violates.

When your package arrived at Thailand's customs calculation, the
customs and found that there was a currency in your package. Be like that
some of the fees that we have to pay through us for the
Immediate execution of your package to confiscate your package
to prevent customs, because this is against the 1988 customs rules.

During the normal time, tracking the status of packages "On
Hold ", it is in accordance with the method in the sector of the
financial courier. We already have an order number from customs.

You must follow all instructions given to you to release it
to facilitate your package. To do this, you must complete the below
applicable fees specified for immediate payment
release of your package. After confirmation of payment your package will be used up
or delivered to the address before 24 hours.

Administrative: $ 520
Registration: $ 500
Protocol Service: $ 500
Total: $ 1,520 US.

Note :
We insist on your urgent attention to this problem
security of your delivery as soon as you are ready to make the payment
enter, write to company email address below for more

The business agent can call you for further clarification if necessary
or get access to do that

Present your serial number when you contact us so that we get your
be able to honor the request. We are happy to help you.

With respect.
James O
Zonal Regional Coordinator
Fastlink Courier Service Global Company

On Wed 16 Jan. 2019
<> Wrote:

We have gotten the proof of your payment we will get back to you once 
the process is complete and documented.

We believe we have made it clear to you. Your package will be delivered 
to you as soon as the documentations are complete always make your 
mobile phone available to receive your package we don't have a branch in 
your city.

With respect.
Mr. James O.
Zonal Regional Coordinator
Fastlink Courier Service Global Company

Fake invoice:


Same fake invoice template also used by the scammer here:

Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:32 pm

On Mon 28 Jan. 2019
<> Wrote:

It is imperative for you to know that your package has been released 
from Customs office and is ready for delivery to you, the Revenue Tax  
has implemented that the package and its contents has to be Insured 
before it can be delivered to your country as a reason for interstate 
diplomatic agreement between the two states popularly known as "BOND OF 

The custom authority said that your package has to be insured because 
there is a lot of money inside your package and from the news from 
customs that they cannot allow such money to enter your country without 
making Insurance for the legality of the possession, therefore the 
Authority said that your package has to be Insured before it can be 
delivered to you for safety and legal purpose.

We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences caused for any late 
delivery of your package to you. Please be rest assured that your 
package will be dispatched and delivered to you as soon as you meet the 
required charges below by the Revenue.

Thank you, as I hope Fastlink Courier Service Global Company have make 
it clear to you by this notice as Directed by the management for the 
safety and legacy of the company.

INSURANCE CHARGE........................ ..$ 1,500
VAT CHARGE  ............................. ..........$ 1,000


INSURANCE CHARGE + VAT=   1,500 + 1,000 = $ 2,500 USD
You are to pay the total amount of $ 2,500 USD (UNITED STATES DOLLARS) . 
So that your package will be insured and delivered  to you without any 
loss of item, for safety for security reasons.

We advice that if there will be anything to be done, we can start 
processing the Insurance of the package immediately by our agent  so 
that we can dispatch the luggage at once.  We have sent a notification 
to the sender and i hope he gets back to us with immediate effect 
because we are not allow to keep the luggage here after the customs gave 
us a release letter.

Yours Faithfully.
Mr. James O.
Zonal Regional Coordinator
Fastlink Courier Service Global Company.

From: Omer Shafer <>
Date: Wed 30 Jan 2019
Subject: Re: officials complaint receipt no 008357

I think it's perfect!








Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:39 pm











Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:04 pm

From the fake courier site:

Fastlink Courier Service has been providing packing and freight delivery solutions for customers since opening its first Service Centre in the UK- way back in 1993. Today, Fastlink Courier Service is a highly respected brand, operating a vast network of company-owned and franchise-owned Service Centres in the UK,Australia and Asia. We are continuing to expand our Service Centre retail network worldwide.

The only contact mentioned on the fake site is the email address

For the fake site details:

From the fake site details:
Domain name:
Updated Date: 2018-04-17
Creation Date: 2018-04-17
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2019-04-17

Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: WhoisGuard Protected

This is what the fake site looks like:



Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:11 pm

The fake site claims to be a bank named United Credit Financial. The fraudster copy-pasted content from Tesco Bank, replaced their name and built this way his bogus financial identity.

From the fake site:

United Credit Financial began life in 1997 as Deutschland Personal Finance, a joint venture between Deutschland plc and Royal Bank of Scotland plc. In 2008, Deutschland bought out RBS’s share of the business and introduced the new name, United Credit Financial. Today, United Credit Financial is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutschland, which gives us the freedom to make decisions based on what we really think is best for our customers.

Contact details:

821 N French St # 3, Wilimington, DE 19801, USA
Phone: +1 302 200 6043

Type: Non-Fixed VoIP (e.g. Skype or Google Voice)
Original carrier: Ymax Communications Corp. - De

For the fake site details:

From the fake site details:

Domain Name:
Updated Date: 2019-03-06
Creation Date: 2018-03-25
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2019-03-25
Registrar: NameSilo, LLC
Reseller: HostDweb

Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: Domain Administrator
Registrant Organization: See

This is what the fake site looks like:


Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:43 pm


He uses the following email or kik username

Kik shaffstephan

This one is claiming to be the owner of the pictures now he is raised by a priest has a godmother currently at work in Congo for 180 days and he trains soldiers there 
He is now 45 years old comes from Wisconsin 
And that he is being threatened by the father of his ex kelcie lynne who is carrying his baby
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