By Daria Belov
Regardless of what’s going on in the US economy, an activity that has not changed much is the practice of 419 phishing scams, e-mail attempts that target individuals with the goal of separating them from their money and personal belongings. If you buy or sell items online (using any website) this post may be important to you. What may appear as an innocent e-mail from someone wanting to purchase your Schwinn bicycle, Mac Airbook, or other item, is more than likely a fraudulent attempt to motivate you in shipping your product overseas, in hopes of a fast and profitable sale.
Don’t get duped! We are covering this exact topic several times a month at www.planetchiropractic.com and we continue to receive e-mails from people doing research online regarding e-mail and postal addresses included in fraudulent replies to classifieds placed throughout the Internet.
The most recent one seen on our network came through this morning from an IP address based in Italy. Sender IP logs showed that IP address 22.214.171.124 was e-mailing people on our web site that had chiropractic products listed for sale. A Whois Record lookup for more information returned and IP location of Savona Italy. Interestingly the individual sending out the e-mails claimed to be in London (United Kingdom) and was expecting to ship items to Australia.
Below is a copy of the e-mail sent to nearly all individuals selling products. It’s highly likely the same e-mails were sent to other classified ad networks and web sites as well.
Posted To: Chiropractic Classifieds
In response to your item posted for sale. I am an agent interested in making an immediate purchase of it.
After several consideration over the advert placed on the website, my client who has really shown interest in it and would want to issue the payment.
But before I proceed on this transaction I will like to ask some question as follows.
1. Is the condition of the item what you have describe it to be ?
2. What is the final asking prize you can go at last ?
3. Do you accept a certified cheque/money order as a mode of payment ?
4,Can the picture send to me via email for proper view?
Also I would like to restate clearly that this item will be shipped to Australia and I have a shipping agent who would take good care of this. You are to cash the Check you will recieve and deduct the funds for the sales of your item and please have the excess funds sent to the shipping agent in order to schedule the pick up of the item.
All neccesary transfer papers will be dully signed by the shipper on behalf of my client when the shipping agents comes for the pick up of the item .
I will be willing to entertain more of your questions that might arise, please provide your
MAILING ADDRESS :
PHONE NUMBER :
So that I can have it forwarded to my client for immediate payment issuance
Looking forward to hear from you.
FLAT 62 REWARD RD,
12 MONSAL COURT E 05 JJ,
Anybody selling or buying products using any classified ad website is advised to be on alert for any correspondence involving the below name, mailing address, and or e-mail address.
Flat 62 Reward Rd
12 Monsal Court E 05 Jj
London UK. 447031866761
The body of the e-mail, which is shown above, is a classic example of money order or check fraud scams. Do your homework before ever shipping items to people who are interested in purchasing your stuff. If you receive e-mail such as what’s been shown above, it strongly recommended that you forwarded to the administrator or webmaster for the website you are using to list your classified ads.
Here are some resources worth checking if you’re concerned at all about online scams and fraud.
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