SNEWSÂ® has learned of yet another scam being attempted in the outdoor industry. Apparently, the calls to retailers begin with a TDY contact (phone contact used by deaf or hearing-impaired individuals) requesting several pairs of Teva sandals.
The individual identifies herself as Mary Jane Locke and pays for the sandals using a credit card. The address she is using for the initial shipment of sandals is 5104 Hideaway Lane, Apt. B, Bremerton, WA 98312.
Once the initial contact has been made and the first minimum order of sandals shipped from the store and received, Mary Jane then contacts by email and requests a much larger bulk shipment, claiming the sandals are going to an orphanage in Ghana.
North Cove Outfitters, one of the retailers who contacted us following its encounter with Locke, indicated that she had asked them for an additional 40 pair of sandals, all men's size 10, following a successful shipment of four sandals from its store on May 27 -- all paid for with a credit card. Since North Cove does not stock so many sandals, it contacted Teva and as it was requesting the order, it was told to hold for a minute. A supervisor came on the line and told North Cove that this was a scam and that North Cove should contact the FBI.
Mary Jane Locke used the following email address in communication with North Cove: email@example.com with a full name associated with the email of Nurudini Nash.
Her typed English is quite broken, as exemplified by a June 1 email sent to North Cove:
"Thanks for your promy mail , yes I will like to order 40 pairs of them for an orphanages and I will like U to ship them next day to Texas. This is the shipping address
915 Caladium Dr.Â Mesquite
SNEWSÂ® spoke with several other retailers in various parts of the country, each confirming that attempts to purchase Teva sandals had been made by the same woman over the last week of May and first week of June. Retailers we spoke with tell us that they believe the card she uses is probably stolen.
Teva customer service is aware of this scam.