Category: Chiropractic Classifieds

Nigerian Scammer Loaded Martins

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

As annoying as it may seem (I’m sure it’s no fun for you guys to see these posts over and over again) when scammers try to take advantage of chiropractic classifieds users, actually enjoy the satisfaction I get when we trace them down.

Were not even done with the investigation on Martins Gilbert and already there is someone else using the name Martins in a scam noticed earlier this morning. What’s cool about this one as it doesn’t look like the scammer bothered to use a proxy (the last one was using AT&T out of Texas) and the IP address was coming straight out of Nigeria.

Update: Forgot this info earlier. In case anyone is searching for someone pulling 419 scams…

branchmartins
[email protected]

Was the information being used. Branch Martins is quite close to Martins Gilbert and I suspect it could be the same individual.

It’s actually very easy to check up on who owns IP addresses. A chiropractor contacted me earlier this morning and forwarded an e-mail he had received from someone wanting to purchase his equipment. In that e-mail is a particular number I always look for, the sender IP address. In this case the address was 196.3.182.250 which gave me enough information to do a simple lookup using domain tools (whois.domaintools.com/196.3.183.250).

Checking that number gave us the following information… Suburban Telecom in Nigeria Lagos. Sweet, looks like that’s our guy. I then went and checked the log files for Planet Chiropractic and luckily this guy had made it really easy for us to trace his activity.

He landed on the home page at 4:11 AM and at 4:25 AM conducted a search for classifieds directly from the home page. At 4:27 AM he visited the help page and it looks like he read up on the site scam policy. I found that pretty funny being that I thought most scammers went directly to the classified ads themselves.

At 4:31 AM he made his first attempt to contact somebody, sending a poorly spelled e-mail in an attempt to begin interaction with the  seller. This wasn’t an e-mail like we’ve seen in the past, it was a pretty simple attempt to make contact.

The person who was contacted e-mail me at what would have been 4:56 AM, which was only 15 minutes after the first scam attempt was made. Thanks to the individual paying attention and forwarding the message on to me, we were able to shut it down rather quickly.

I like that.

Martins Gilbert Woodland Property Investment Scam

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Here’s the latest scammer sending e-mails to chiropractors that have chiropractic classified ads posted. The same e-mail was sent to about a dozen individuals that have products or equipment for sale. I’ve already been contacted by at least half a dozen different chiropractors that received the below e-mail at different times in the day. Scammers watch out, the chiropractic community is kicking butt and taking names.

The alias being used, and the company being used, is as follows…

WOODLAND PROPERTY INVESTMENT/CONSULATANT <[email protected]>

Martins Gilbert
[email protected]

Sender IP: 75.7.69.195

Here is the e-mail that is sent…

Good morning
How you today and your family, Am interested in buying your item listed
for sale,Please let me know if you still have  this medical equipment
for sale and perhaps in good condition.I await your response and i will
proceed with purchase if its still available for sale and in good
condition….and i will like to know the last price.
i need to hear from you ASAP Thanks
God bless
Thanks

After replying to the e-mail this is what comes in follow-up communication…

Thank you for the e-mail,Yes i am highly interested and just considered it sold to me…
Another favor i will request from you is,…. Please,  Kindly withdraw the advert  because after i receive the information below, it will immediately be attended to by Monday morning , Am sending payment through Fedex or UPS and  the payment will be issued ASAP.,and also be informed that i will be paying with a cashier’s check from my Bank.
The shipping cost will be dealt with myself.. so never mind about how it will get to my location, my Personal assistance will handle that..
I  will need the following details to mail the payment later in the day …
1.Name to be on the payment:…………
2.Home or receivable address Not P..O Box:…………………
3.City:………………….
4.Zip Code :………………….
5.State:……………………… ….
6.Cell phone #:……………………
7.Item………………..
8….last price …………………
I am completely satisfied with the advert and the payment which will be delivered within 2-3 working days.** I use a hearing impaired phone # and will receive your calls via email, and kindly keep it in a good condition..
My regard to your family..
God Bless
Thanks
Martins

This latest scam is nearly identical to the Mark Nicholas scam posted on April 22, 2009. The individual tries to make their information see more legitimate by using an investment/consultant title and a Gmail e-mail address that appears like one from a legitimate business.

This is an old scam and nearly every single website on the Internet listing classified ads gets targeted by e-mails like these. Stay alert, and get specific requesting information from anybody wanting to purchase products or equipment, especially if they’re located overseas.

Mark Nicholas mark_nicho95 Fraud Alert

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Add another name to your list of Scammers and Fraudsters, Mark Nicholas of the UK is emailing people in hopes of separating them from their money.

Thankfully, the very active (love the emails sent our way) chiropractic classified advertising community came through this morning with multiple reports on suspected fraud and scams talking place.

This morning 2 arrived from a Mark Nicholas ([email protected]) in the UK.

mark-nicholas-fraud-scamThis email differs from ones we’ve seen previously but it still comes from the same region (see Daniel Monday Scam Alert).

It’s a form email sent to those posting Equipment For Sale classified ads. It’s a very common scam approach, and fortunately chiropractors using classifieds have been keeping an eye open and reporting suspicious activity as soon as they see it.

The IP address used in this case was 81.222.64.211 which is registered to RETN Ltd. in London, England. They have been notified of the activity.

The form letter reads as follows (which includes spelling errors left unchanged)…

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Hello
I am Mark Nicholas.How are you doing today and also your family,Well hope everybody is fine.Meanwhile,I came across your advert on the web for sale and will like you to know that i have someone(my boss) who is interested in buying something of this type  but dont have the time to search around,He deals in used item but i do the searches.So please get back to me if it is still for sale and with the following.

The last asking price.
The present condition..
The current Pictures.
Please i want you to get back to me once you finish reading this mail so that
i know what next to do.
Mark Nicholas
[email protected]

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AFTER RESPONDING (something not recommended) to the email, the seller of items will receive the following…

Hello xxxxx,
Thanks for your mail response.
I want you to know one thing that he will pay with BANK CERTIFY CHEQUE OR INTERNATIONAL MONEY ORDER.He will like you to know that he will be responsible for the shipping and changing of ownership informations.Some  additional charges will be added to your last asking price which is for me and you will send it to me  via WESTERN UNION as soon as your bank has confirmed that the money has been credited into your account,the information that you will send it too will be given to you later on.If you are okay with this, i will like you to get back to me with the below informations;
Your Full Contact Name:
Your Full Contact Address:
Your Home Phone Number:
Your Mobile Phone Number:
Your Least least Price:
As soon as this is given to me, i will forward it to him so that he can issue your payment and send it to your address and also forward it to his lawyer for further preparation and for record purpose.Hope to read from you soonest.
Best Regards.
Mark

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The above SCAM is similar to the Smith Matt 419 Scams and Fraud which has been mentioned a 1000 times. It’s important to keep a Constant Watch on Fraud and Scams because scammers know that someway, somehow, someone will eventually fall for them, and profits will be made.

If you’re going to sell items online (ON ANY WEBSITE) use caution and do your homework on who you are dealing with. I simple googling of someones email address or name can be an easy 1st step.

Chiropractors selling online should read these posts as well…

Watch out for Scams

Actual Email Attempt – Chiropractic Classifieds Scam

Use Common Sense When Buying and Selling Online

OK, have a great day!

Ad for Lifevantage and Protandim

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Here’s a great example of how miscommuinication involving the chiropractic classified ads system keeps ads from getting posted. More than a dozen advertisements per day are posted on Planet Chiropractic classifieds. That’s 12+ ads per day, 7 days a week, for the past 3,285+ days.

Due to spam, 419 scams, fraud, and other suspicious activity, someone moderates each and every advertisement posted. Most webmasters I’ve spoken to follow a similar process. You can only moderate submissions using algorithms and tools to a certain extent, and most sites (forums, blogs, classifieds) involve an individual manually checking before content is cleared for viewing.

Unfortunately, this results in a significant amount of work for webmasters, time that could be utilized on more productive activites. We’ve tried to make things fairly clear in our classified posting guidelines, but there’s always room for improvement.

There’s 3 kinds of advertisements that will be axed nearly everytime they are posted.

  1. Work at Home, Type at Home, or Earn at Home ads
  2. Multilevel Marketing ads
  3. ALL CAP HEADLINE & BODY ads

It’s rare we see duplicate ads (some people are click happy) but those get deleted too. Aside from that, suspicous ads for things like free iPhones, factory farm equipment, and stuff that has no purpose on a chiropractic classified site, get deleted as well. That leaves real ads posted by real people with no intention to defraud or engage in illegal activity (at least we hope that’s the case).

Why do I bring this up? Because we receive emails daily from people having questions related to posting classifieds ads. We get questions as to whether we think the price listed for an x-ray unit is a good one, or questions on how much money down should be made on a practice for sale. While the questions are appreciated, we don’t get to all of them. It’s hoped that people understand why.

Today I was notified regarding a concern a chiropractor had involving the classified ad system. They had 2 ads placed that never made it past the moderator and as a result were deleted. Unhappy, they placed a 3rd classified ad which I’ve reposted here (name removed).

Why is it that I have tried twice to post and ad under Income Opportunities and yet nothing is posted. Why would you delete one ad that is from a doctor of chiropractic and keep (what I KNOW) is an ad from someone who is not? It is an ad for Lifevantage and Protandim. I am a distributor also so if you let one you should let all. That is only fair. You, I believe, should have the common courtesy to at least let people now why you deleted an ad even if it was a form statement sent to the member via e-mail. I would appreciate a response. If not I will pass on your website practices to others including many D.C.s. I look forward to you explanation.—-Thank you for your response.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but is Lifevantage and Protandim Multilevel Marketing aka MLM? Looks to me that what happened is 2 MLM ads where placed and a 3rd got through. The one that posted went unseen by moderators (it happens) and now it’s been brought to our attention by another distributor of the same product.

I agree that it’s only fair so I’ve personally deleted other Lifevantage and Protandim MLM ads appearing on the site. I disagree on the common courtesy practice to send form mail to users when ads are deleted since many (the majority) come from bogus email accounts. I do however think we could include more language that clearly states why ads may be deleted. That way users are not left in the dark.

As to passing on our web practices to others “including many D.C.s” I’d say I’d gladly appreciate that.

Daniel Monday Scam Alert

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

There is a chance you are reading this post because you’ve received an e-mail, by a person named Daniel Monday, who says they want to buy your stuff. After hosting chiropractic ads for the past 10 years, we’ve discovered that the same scammers visiting our website, go to many others as well. While these posts appear unimportant for our normal readers (my apologies) they’ve reportedly been very helpful in thwarting online scam activity.

It’s been a productive weekend that the planet chiropractic office. We’ve been working on some upgrades to the classified ads system, in order to provide better service to those using the website for selling and buying chiropractic equipment.

Thanks to an incredibly engaged classified ad community, we’ve been able to cut back significantly on fraudulent e-mails reaching our users. Below I am posting and actual e-mail sent by Daniel Monday from his [email protected] Yahoo e-mail account.

Take a look at posts such as those regarding Mr. Benson in Nigeria, Mr. Smith Matt, Tom Marley, and Mike Rapp. These are all expected to be the same group of individuals (or even one individual) using different names and different e-mail accounts to target unsuspecting people selling items online.

Here is a reply to someone’s classified ad, from Daniel Monday, with an IP address of 65.49.2.157.

Reading the e-mail, you can see the telltale signs that this is a scam. #1 is that the sender asks whether cashiers checks or postal money orders are excepted as payment. #2 is that the sender mentions using a private shipping company to handle item delivery. Both of these are hallmark signs of online classified ads scams.

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Sender IP: 65.49.2.157

Posted To: Chiropractic Classifieds

Hello,
I came across your ad and I’ll like to know the following questions regarding
the ad.
Q#1. How long have you owned it?
Q#2. a) Have you owned
it from new? b) If not how many previous owner?
Q#3.Why are you selling it?
Q#4. In your opinion, what
sort of conditionis it?
Q#5. Any available photo?
Q#6. How much are you asking for it?
Q#7. Do you accept a ( Cashier Check / postal Money Order with cheque)as a
mode of payment.
Q#8. Kindly get back to me with ur FULL NAME,FULL CONTACT ADDRESS,TEL # so
that payment willbe issued and mailed to you.

Note that you dont need to worry about shipping as i have a private shipping
company that will take care of the shipping and delivery of the item once
payment is been received by you.I’ll like to have the response to these
question in your earliest conviniency.Hope to hear from you soon.

Thanks
Daniel

Daniel Monday
[email protected]
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If you sell stuff online, and you’ve received an e-mail similar to this one, I would contact the webmaster of the site you were using, and forward them all sender information, so they can take action.

Real Estate Agent Using YouTube for Peterborough Chiropractor

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

A real estate agent in Amherst, New Hampshire has done something unique when it comes to selling a chiropractic residence/practice. Like many other brokers and chiropractors selling practices online, he posted an advertisement to the chiropracticclassifieds (this link may be deleted after the office is sold, but you can view it here) pages on planetchiropractic.com.

Like the others, he included links to his web site, but he also did something I thought was quite creative. A video of the office and the community was created and posted on YouTube. A link is available to the YouTube video from the classified ad, but I decided to show it here in an effort to provide some creativity for those considering doing the same.

Here is the video in the form of a link, and I’ll also be providing it below, embedded into this post.

I liked the way the video starts from a satellite view. He talks about the area of Peterborough New Hampshire, describes the community, and talks about how many residents live in the area. The home office combination is on a beautiful piece of land, and there’s lots of video footage taking throughout the house, as well as outdoors.

The realtor is Harold “Buddy” Pope, and I think he’s done a great job showing us how one can promote their chiropractic office or property for sale online, using more than just text. I hoped to see more advertisements like this in the future.

11 more chiropractic practices listed

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

On October 28th, Daria had a planet chiropractic news article which included a screenshot of 32 chiropractic practices being added to classified listings in less than 24 hours. She gave a summary on some of those businesses listed and pointed out that the current number for practices for sale had exceeded 780 businesses. I noticed yesterday that 11 more businesses were listed (by a broker) for sale throughout the United States.

The screenshot here shows an additional 11 practices listed for sale, all are in the United States. That brings the current number 794. This may not be of any interest to most people, but I’m thinking if there are nearly 800 chiropractic businesses for sale, it appears like there’s some great opportunities out there for someone looking to move into an existing practice.

Taking a look at the list, office locations include northern New Jersey, Indianapolis, Austin Texas, west Phoenix, Southern California (Torrance area), North Dallas, Modesto, North Carolina, Gilbert (which is in Arizona), and a practice for sale in Italy.

There is even a single new listing for a new graduate seeking to associate in someone’s office.

With some creativity and good business principles, it looks to me like there’s some incredible opportunities to not only purchase someone’s existing business, but to find the right talent that will provide care for clientele.

It will be interesting to see how listings will look six months from now.

Classifieds Now Equipped with reCAPTCHA

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

It’s been a productive weekend that the planet chiropractic office. We’ve been working on some upgrades to the classified ads system, in order to provide better service to those using the website for selling and buying chiropractic equipment.

Thanks to recent activities such as yesterday’s visit from Mr. Benson in Nigeria, and previous visits from Smith Matt, Tom Marley, and Mike Rapp (three or four are suspected to be the same individual), we’ve added some new features that kick in when someone replies to someone else’s posted classified advertisement. Take a look at the screenshot below.

This is a screenshot of the new reCAPTCHA feature we added to the classified ad system. I don’t expect it will completely stop scammers and automated bots from sending e-mails to those with ads posted, but it should slow things down a bit.

Along with the regular form information are two words that need to be typed in in order to continue on (there is also an option for playing audio instead of reading text).

What’s cool about this CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart) is that when people fill the information out, they are helping to digitize books.

According to the reCAPTCHA website, there are approximately 60 million CAPTCHAs solved by humans around the world every day. In each of those cases an estimated 10 seconds of human time is spent solving these puzzles. Putting this puzzle work to good use results in more than 150,000 hours of aggregating work done each day. The “solved” puzzles helped to get books digitized for the Web.

When I checked the site earlier today, there was mention that current puzzle solving was helping to digitize old editions of the New York Times. I think that’s pretty cool.

So whether you’re responding to a chiropractic practices for sale advertisement, chiropractic employment, or equipment for sale from a private party, know that you’ll be doing your 10 second part (or more if you’re responding to multiple ads) to help digitize books and other information to be put online.

Mr Benson Raymond Nigeria Scam 196.3.183.73

Just a quick post to alert others regarding activity of a “Mr Benson Raymond” from Nigeria. Daria posted that other day regarding separating you from your money and it looks as though this character fits the profile well.

Here is the email being sent to people posting classified ads on various websites…

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Hello,
I am Mr Benson raymond, I work in  with  a small retailing company.I actually saw the  advert you placed and I will like to know the last offer you want to let it out and gather more info about it and the major reason why you want to sell it, if  it has been damaged in any form or not. as soon as we agree on terms,I will arrange the payment  via check or banks draft.
Thanks,
Regards,
Mr Benson

benson
[email protected]

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A Whois Record lookup on emails he sent across our server show the ip address 196.3.183.73 which is based in Abuja, Nigeria. Webmasters may want to add the following IP addresses to their blacklists: 196.3.180.0 — 196.3.183.255

Whois Record Results…
inetnum: 196.3.183.0 – 196.3.183.255
netname: SubTel2
descr: Suburban telecom is an IP Wholesale Provider
country: NG
admin-c: LO1-AFRINIC
tech-c: Oa13-AFRINIC
status: ASSIGNED PA
mnt-by: SUBURBAN-MNT
source: AFRINIC # Filtered
parent: 196.3.180.0 – 196.3.183.255

Have a nice day. 🙂

Smith Matt 419 Scams and Fraud

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

This scam topic must really be getting old for lots of people. Interesting thing though is I’ve received several e-mails from people across United States that were about to get scammed by 419 fraudsters and they fortunately did some research online and came across at least one of the fraud related articles we’ve posted during the past several months. That thanks goes to the community for sniffing out fraud activity.

Early this morning about a dozen people received the same e-mail from a person using a Yahoo.com e-mail account. The e-mail appeared very similar to those sent by the Tom Marley persona and others. Below is a copy of the e-mail…

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BELOW IS A REPLY TO YOUR CLASSIFIED AD
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I just place a look on your item and i am interested
in immediate purchase of this item,but before i proceed
on this transaction i will like to ask some question as follow.

1.What is the condition of the item?

2. Do you accept a ( cheque / money order) as a mode of
payment?

3. What is the final asking prize you can go at last?

4. Will you let our shipping company to come to your
house for the pick up of the item cos we don’t want you
to worry yourself about the shipping of the item.

5. Will you be able to send the remaining
fund back to the shipping company via western union
money transfer same day you receive and cash the
Cheque for the arrangement of the home pick up from your house.

6.if okay You are to send your
NAME,ADDRESS,CITY,STATE,POSTCODE,TEL #
to mail out the payment.

Regards.
Smith

smith matt
[email protected]

To Avoid Potential Scams & Fraud View Here First
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Whether you’re selling chiropractic adjusting tables, motorcycles (apparently these scammers have been targeting motorcycle owners in the U. S.), or any other item online, continue doing your research before you conduct any transactions.

All e-mails from this user were tracked back to IP address 64.62.138.97 and a DNS proxy service known as Dynaweb. Classified ad website administrators are encouraged to check log files for traces of DynaWeb activity.