Beware of fake shipping line websites for tracking your cargo

Yes there are fake shipping line websites based on the method of “phishing” just like fake banking websites.. The International Maritime Bureau is warning users of such sites (although names are not mentioned)..

The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is warning against fraudulent cargo tracking websites. 

Such sites have been created and improved over the years to add legitimacy for fraudsters to entrap their would-be victims. This is particularly true for containerised shipments, where convincing tracking websites highlight the degree of sophistication employed.

Two recent examples investigated by the Bureau illustrate how such online confirmations – whilst appearing convincing – cannot be always taken on face value and relied upon. These also further underline the need for independent verification of credit complying documents, particularly the bill of lading.

The first example covers what appears to be a valuable containerised shipment of copper cathodes from South America to the Far East. The Bs/L presented appeared on their face to be in order. The carrier’s website further attested that the cargoes had been loaded as per the two Bs/L referred.

IMB’s investigations on the other hand contradicted what the website stated.

The physical carrier had quickly confirmed to the Bureau that the vessel was trading elsewhere. Whilst the vessel had bunkered at the discharge port, no cargo operations had been performed in respect of this transaction. A number of mistakes on the fake carrier website were also present with regards to the vessel and further highlights the potential problem with reliance on such resources for cargo confirmation.

The second example relates to the purported shipment of a spurious urea cargo from Malaysia to Vietnam.

On this occasion, the carrier’s website bore a remarkable resemblance to the legitimate website of one of the world’s largest liner companies. In fact, the website pages had been replicated and presented in such a manner that at first glance may lead users to unwittingly believe that they are dealing with the legitimate carrier’s website.

Corporate logos resembling those of the liner company were also present throughout the web pages. The liner company subsequently had the offending website taken down. By this time however the damage had already been done and the unsuspecting victim had already paid out a considerable amount to those behind the fraudulent website.

A degree of caution must be exercised by banks and others when seeking online confirmation for certain carrier websites. Unless the carrier is well known, and the origins of the website verified, total reliance on website confirmations should be avoided. Like legitimate businesses, fraudsters have been quick to appreciate the value of a well presented website in furthering their “business”.

The Bureau is able to utilise a network of contacts and has built up expertise over the past 30 years to swiftly verify the authenticity of trade documents independently.

The above two cases are not the only examples where third party online confirmation markedly differs from the truth and the Bureau’s findings and responses to its banking members. We do not expect these to be the last.

For more information on the IMB and its services to members, please email or call +44 (0)207 423 6960

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Have any of experienced such fraud or fake websites..?? Please do share for everyone’s benefit if you have..

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16 thoughts on “Beware of fake shipping line websites for tracking your cargo”

  1. I have a similar experience ordering product online, come to find out it was a scam but they sent me the tracking # beware of the site:: the scammer told me the warehouse double the order sent and need to collect or pay directly to shipper. I called the shipping agent and the were so confused and brainless people.The tracking site looked professional.

    • YES unfortunately I was also there holding my shipment. (transit duty, handling fee and traffic tax). and there using legitimate companies names. On the bill my supplier was SMK Electronics. I call them and they had no recollection anything they send me. and I call the real NYKline and have no knowledge of my shipment they have no affiliate with NYKline Logistics. a painfull lesson through Alibaba

  2. Hi there i got the same bought stufs 500 usd what said on alibaba the company CEYONE INC and the invoice they send me was from GLOBAL TELECOM ELECTRONICS
    1015 N La Brea Ave, South Hollywood, CA 90038,
    United States .They send it i got a fake cargo tracking. Next was i will have to pay costums 210 usd what i did few hours later the ask for another 32o usd for misspacketing. I said i wont pay it so the said they will pay a part of it so i will have to pay 120 usd. Its a scam.
    And that company has gold membership on Alibaba that shows just that alibaba is at least 50% scam.

  3. Hi. I got a WhatsApp number from and I ordered something online for 900$ and after receiving the tracking number for my parcel it was moving smoothly but after few days the transit was stopped by customs so they told me to pay more and yes they negotiated a bit. After paying the transit as I suppose was resumed but after 2 more days the parcel was stopped again this time they told it was a MISPACKAGED parcel so we have to ship it back and then send it back. And the person said that he might loose his job if he didn’t pay for the MISPACKAGING, so he asked me if I can help him raise 800$ more he would raise the rest and send me all what was in the parcel. After I refuse to pay anymore he said you might have to be waiting for a long time but you will receive it. And the logistics website has been suspended. When I asked him what is that supposed to mean? He replied it’s suspended because you (I) refused to pay. It was a fraud and I lost a lot of money because of it. And now the WhatsApp number is invalid the website is no more there. BEWARE…

  4. I don’t know if anybody can help, but I bought something online and they gave me a tracking number for and the parcel just says processing. According to the person I bought my item from said that it would be an overnight shipping and I should have my parcel in 2 days. It has been 2 weeks and the tracking number says the same info. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

  5. A danish company is harassing me for more payments of origin charges, though my order to the seller was CIF terms. I have lost 6000 USD to the seller – also from Denmark they are neither helping out , but are pushing me to pay another 3450 Euros for shipping documents ( refundable ) to the shipping company.

  6. Is express maritime logistics out of the Ukraine a real company. Please check and if it’s a yes or a no please respond

  7. Have anyone knows this company?been trying to contact them regarding the said package but they never replied my concern. Is it legit cargo and shippung company

    • they asking money for shipping hold in several paces. First they asking huge money. when you negotiate they will reduce and say that 20percent they will help and other 80 percent you have to pay. that heard we pay money to their bank account they will shows release block after some days they show again blocking your product and ask more money. I am a victim of them. Our laws have nothing to do them. so these kind scammers are frauding people very much and they enjoying their life with the money of poor people.

      please beware of these kind of people. and never put money to someones account number. they will definitely cheat you.

    • same thing happened to me. I lost my 300 Kuwait dinar in such a way. they showed me a fake shipping consignment details. was the site and they gave me a tracking number which was created just for me. and when ever I track it. it shows its been on hold at several countries and they ask me to pay for some other silly things. I lost my 300KD till now. now there is no news from them.

      can any body help me out to find these people. I have their mobile number.

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