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Posted By: IMELDA BUGTOG <email@example.com>
Sunday, 19 February 2006, at 7:49 p.m.
BE CAREFUL of searching the Internet for your sporting goods, you just might be victimized by this swindler Malaysian national who is based in Hong Kong, like what happened to this certain company.
DO NOT BUY your swimming pool equipments from RICHARD TEH a.k.a. TEH KOK LEONG, a HongKong based "employee" of this said company.
This ia a recent scam which happened a year ago, this victim company was constructing this pool and needed to purchase swimming pool equipments, while browsing the internet, it came across a US company named Colorado Time Systems (Swimming Equipments)
This victim company sent a enquiry and got a reply from this US company to contact its HongKong office which had the ff details
Level 25 Bank of China Tower
1 Garden Road, Central
Represented by: Mr. Richard Teh – VP Asia Pacific
So this victim company sent its enquiry again but this time to this RICHARD TEH who is the Vice President for Asia Pacific of this US company. Since the victim company was in a hurry to get its pool ready, it requested for a personal meeting with this Richard Teh. Teh agreed and so both parties met in Teh's HongKong office and came into an agreement to purchase the swimming pool equipments, no contract was written since Teh was hesitant and even said that there is no need since it will take time to prepare but a sales invoice was prepared by Teh
The agreement was the goods were to be shipped from the US to the victim's country by CIF basis (cost, freight, insurance, services of a technician to properly install the equipment). Teh informed victim company that Colorado Time System would not start production unless full payment is received by them in advance, so as not to delay the arrival of the much needed equipments, victim company decided to wire the full payment to Teh's company.
Several months had passed but no shipment came in, victim company was so worried that it sent several communications with Teh but were unanswered by Teh. So victim company decided to go to HongKong and personally meet Teh but when victim company went to its HK office, victim found out that it was a secretarial services kind of office and not a real office, the building was not owned by Colorado Time Systems as what Teh informed victim. Finally victim was able to find Teh after calling its mobile and leaving word with the virtual office/secretarial services office because victim didn't want to leave said virtual office unless Teh shows up which eventually Teh did show up and talks resumed.
Upon the arrival of the goods several months after receiving victim's 100% full payment, victim learned that the freight was not paid by US Company because the forwarder gave its bill to victim and would not release the goods unless freight is paid. Victim had no choice but to pay the freight so goods were delivered, upon checking of the goods, victim found out that the goods was incomplete and turned out was only partial of the complete set.
Very frustrated, victim contacted Teh again, after several days of no reply, Teh finally sent an email to victim saying some parts were missing because it was still under production. Once it is finished it will be delivered, victim waited for another 2 months before shipment arrived. Again, victim was surprised to learn that freight was not paid again by US company so it had no choice but to pay again the freight for the goods to be released.
Victim's warehouse called up and informed victim that the manuals were missing and not in the boxes so they didn't know how to operate or assemble the items. Victim contacted Teh and asked why the manuals were not included, Teh was unable to give any reason and offered to send the manuals. After several months, manuals were received by victim.
Victim suspected Teh's action so it made inquiry with other swimming pool equipment companies and victim found out that the items sold by US Company through its agent Richard Teh was over-priced! It was higher than the other companies' prices for the same equipments. Victim went back to question Teh re the price but Teh was no where to be found, Teh was not answering emails, phone calls and when victim went to Teh's HK office, he was no longer holding office there. Victim contacted the US Company but the president/owner claimed he cannot give any refund as he was fully unaware of what their Vice President in Asia Pacific (RICHARD TEH) was doing and how he got the deal!! The owner of this US Company, however, denied the allegation that their equipments were over-priced! Victim was unable to get any refund for the overpriced equipments and is currently still looking for RICHARD TEH a.k.a. TEH KOK LEONG
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