Community Minimizes Classified Ad Fraud Activity

By Daria Belov

Active community participation is key to building an empowered community. When it comes to the Planet Chiropractic Classified ad System, participation is not a requirement, but it is critical to community success. For many users of the ad system, participation is equals browsing advertisements, posting ads, contacting buyers and sellers, and basically using the service as it was intended. While that’s great (and we are thankful for the amount of user activity the site receives) I’ve been impressed by the stepped up participation, particularly among sellers of private equipment.

Those that assume ads are viewed only by chiropractors may be forgetting the internet is a big place and ads are viewable by all who choose to search or browse them (ads do appear in search engine results). We have covered topics related to scam emails, I can haz ur money scams, and tips on avoiding scams. In nearly every one of these cases the setup is the same. View the link articles for more details.

Community involvement this week was terrific, with several individuals selling office equipment, reporting a fraudulent email attempt within minutes of being contacted. That kind of participation allows us to take action quickly and do what it takes to block further attempts from the same scammer having success in contacting anyone else on the network. I believe active participation will lead to better results, higher levels of volunteerism, and greater community spirit.

Below is one of the forwarded messages received today. We received notice from at least 3 individuals that had items listed and they all involved the same email body and suspicious email address.

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From: [deleted]
Date: Thu, 03 Jul 2008 09:52:27
Subject: Reply To Ad – Welch Allyn Pan Optic Ophthalmoscope / Otoscope

If you believe this reply is fraudulent, forward it to mail [@]

Ad Headline: Welch Allyn Pan Optic Ophthalmoscope / Otoscope
Posted To: Chiropractic Classifieds

Hello Seller,

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 receive 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 necessary 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


So that I can have it forwarded to my client for immediate payment issuance
Looking forward to hear from you.



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Notice how similar the email above is to this one, this one, and this one. When it comes to buying or selling, use common sense and don’t assume everyone that contacts you is a friendly chiropractor intending to enrich your life.

Thanks everybody. For those in the US, don’t eat too many hot dogs and have a fabulous 4th of July weekend! @ 12:46 am | Article ID: 1215157586