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Salt Scam

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by lilweeds, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    Not sure if anyone else saw a post from a DustinC907 a few weeks ago, letting us know he ha "lots" of salt for delivery in Eastern, Pa and NJ. If anyone got screwed by this guy can you PM me? I will be trying to contact the police department in the area he claimed to live in and see if we can bring him in. Lucky for me I didn't pay him with cash and will be getting my money back, but there maybe someone out there that won't be as lucky. Mods if this isn't were it belongs feel free to move it!
  2. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    I have 2 guys up here that went in together for a couple of hundred ton, and they both got burned from some guy down in Kentucky.
  3. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    i almost got burned by that guy also. I did set up another guy with him and he sent a check to him but got cold feet and cancelled the check luckly!
    Was it Jim and Neil that got burned?
  4. Pristine PM ltd

    Pristine PM ltd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,891

    What is the scam? You went to pickup and it was a fake address?
  5. duramax8611

    duramax8611 Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    i would assume thye paid in advance for a few semi loads and the salt never showed. we have had multiple people callin in the last few weeks looking to sell salt all wanted money upfront, full payment and no location to check out product. no thank you
  6. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    is that really a scam? why would you send someone unsecured funds that you don't know?....we pay for all of our salt 30-60 days after we get it....i pay for the trucker his part when he shows up with the load....
  7. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    sorry that was kinda mean, sorry your friend was had
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 16, 2009
  8. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    It was Jim and Kurt. Jeez, I'm glad to hear YOU didn't get taken, too!
  9. mullis56

    mullis56 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 824

    A lot of these salt deals have scared me to death this year. Pre pay, pay and well deliver or pay and then come and get WTF! Sorry to hear about it, it is hard enough to make this business profitable and dealing with all of the headaches without this crap!
  10. michigan salt

    michigan salt Member
    Messages: 89

    Salt Scammers


    The few guys that have taken advantage of this salt situation by scamming people are giving us (the good guys) a bad wrap, but I do understand and its extremely frustrating. Not only did you put up some money and possibly not get it back, but you didn't get you salt, which you needed. It makes it hard to do business with salt guys that are smaller companies like us. Your issues are the reason why I started Michigan Salt. We are doing our best to get salt quickly to our customers.

    Sometimes certains suppliers have different terms, some require pre-pay and won't ship trucks until the money hits there account, some allow checks upon delivery. I've found whatever the case, be sure you know who you are dealing with, check your references and go meet the guy if you can. I had to change my program recently to pre-pay and I want my customers to come to my office (if possible) and meet me in person to deliver checks. If the guy doesn't have a location of business, go another route. Just be sure you know who you are dealing with, and make sure their company is legit. If the price seems to good to be true, that may be a red flag. Check the market pricing and see who they've delivered to before. Of course you can always call us if you have questions. We need to stop these guys.