My name is Duong Kim Hoang Trieu and I'm living in Vietnam. I'm a fresh Undergraduate. I own a small cosmetics shop, which I started from scratch 3+ years ago from $150 of my part-time job money. Throughout the years, the shop has grown bits by bits and watching it grows day after day has been one of the best experience for me. Until 3 months ago, I was robbed of $2,700 by a Georgian-based company and there is nothing I can do about it. This loss is too great and now my business is on the verge of closing.
In Vietnam, an averagge Bachelor degree office worker earns around $300/ month, so $2,700 means the world to both myself and my business. I feel ashamed coming here asking for help from strangers, but I don't know what else to do right now.
Short story of this incident (full story below):
I purchased a large order ($5,400) from Agricola Jandelle. After transfering 50% of the total amount, several red flags appeared so I cancelled the order and asked for refund. They've blocked me ever since.
Steps I've taken:
I've contacted over 10 Georgian law firms but none agreed to help me.
I called and emailed local and county Police Department, filed report on IC3, contacted the State of Georgia Attorney General's office, filed consumer complaint report, etc. and received zero replied, maybe because I'm not a US citizen so I'm not worth helping?
I left them a bad review on Google and report them on every supplier website I could find. I also cannot file a small claim because it would require me being in the USA to testify.
My scammer info:
Company name: AGRICOLA JANDELLE LLC
Control number: 18082076
Registered Agent: DAIDRICK TAYLOR HARRIS
Physical Address: 3593 HUDDLESTONE LN NE, BUFORD, GA, 30519, USA
Full story for anyone interested:
We agreed to a $5,400 order, with payment terms 50% off invoice, the rest upon delivery. Jackson said he would take care of any customs tax and my shipment would come straight to my doostep. On the invoice, the beneficiary bank info belongs to BRF Global LLC, who Jackson said was their supplier. Being naive and inexperienced, I thought this was even possible. I wire-transfered the money through a local money transfer service. Please note that this service is not a bank, and holds no responsibility if any unfortunate event happens after the transfer.
After some days, Jackson demanded that I transfered the remaining $2,700, claiming that their supplier wouldn't agree to the 50% payment term. I refused and asked to stick to the agreement. After a lot of arguments, he told me that he would use his personal money to finance the 50% payment, and I had to transfer the funds once the delivery is on-route, to which I did not agree. He said that the goods had been processed, and the shipping company should contact me soon.
After that, West Mediterranean Lines emailed me that they were in charge of my parcel delivery ( http://westmediterraneanline.org/). I searched for this company info online and found nothing, their website doesn't function well either, the only thing that was function was the tracking button. Their website is extremely similar to other "carrier" companies online. My tracking number was US569566443HK. Until now, the tracking number still works and shows the same info. The shipping company emailed me saying that they had to wait for sender's confirmation before sending my parcel. At this time, Jackson refused to confirm and demanded the 50% payment money. I refused and reminded him about the payment term. He said the shipping company is putting my parcel "on-hold" at Hong Kong customs until I transfer more money.
After 2 weeks, the shipment never came. I cancelled the order and asked for refund. It's been over 2 months and no refund was made. They kept promising to pay but never delivered. Finally they blocked all communication with me.
Here is all the evidence:
Including: emails conversations, all WhatsApp conversation (main communication form), order invoice, money transfer receipt, copy of IC3 report, company IRS certificate, etc.
Thank you for reading my whole story. It's ok if you cannot help me. At
least someone else can learn from my mistake. Thanks again and have a