Tell tale signs
Producers should always be very wary when they receive a request from a company they don’t know. Eric Thorman’s email had several give-away signs.
1. Thorman Hunt’s letterhead and address had been clearly pasted into the email.
2. Eric Thorman only gave a mobile number starting 0777….
3. He used a hotmail account.
4. It was a general message and not one specifically tailored for the wines of Château de Chaintres.
If you receive one of these emails find the landline of the UK importers and ring to find out if they employ the person who sent the email and whether they are intending to place an order.
Jim’s Loire is aware that a number of French producers throughout France have fallen for this scam, with people posing as employees of a number of UK wine importers as well as pretending to be beverage managers of large, well-known hotels in London. Equally many producers have been rightly suspicious and either contacted the police or ignored the email.
Further stories about this scam:
Languedoc producer scammed: www.investdrinks.org/other.htm
If you have any information about this scam or think you may have been approached or may be a victim please contact: Paul Cheadle: email@example.com
25th March 2009: NB The email address I was originally given for Paul Cheadles was wrong, I believe that the above is correct.