By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
This may seem like the oddest title ever for a classified advertising related scam post, but when you see the e-mails chiropractors selling x-ray equipment and adjusting tables were receiving yesterday, you’ll maybe understand why I chose this title. No, I don’t have a sexy red dress for sale, but I’ve taken more than my share of photographs of women wearing them. Being a photographer has its privileges.
When you’re done looking at the blonde woman in the red dress, look back over here so I can share the rest of this post with you. It’s actually important information if you ever post classified ads online (on any website).
Yes, I’ve covered this topic of classified ad fraud, classified ad scams, fraudulent e-mails, many times. I always get reminded of the guy who almost shipped his motorcycle overseas, to someone who turned out to be a classified ad scam artist, until he did a simple Google search and discovered one of my posts. As long as these perpetrators of fraud continue, I’ll keep posting their information.
Classified ad scammers are notorious for poor spelling and really bad e-mail templates, here are a few examples. What I thought was really funny about the following one, was that the e-mails were sent to chiropractors selling clinical equipment. Here’s what they received.
I am John Spencer, i’m interested in this dress,i would like to know the condition of this dress and the final asking price because i am buying it as a birthday gift for my Daughter.i want you to know i can only make payment through paypal.I have a shipping agent that will be coming for the pickup in your location. So kindly get back to me with your direct email and paypal email address and phone number so that i can contact you. my direct contact email address is([email protected])
Pls get back to me as soon as possible so that i can proceed with the payment. Best regards
IP Address: 188.8.131.52 <- Russia
John Spencer ([email protected]) is obviously a classified ad scammer. According to the IP addresses being used (184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11) he’s operating out of Russia. Something tells me his name’s not actually John Spencer.
If you’re selling a piece of x-ray equipment and someone e-mails you wanting to buy your dress, things become pretty obvious. It’s not so easy when you’re selling an adjusting table (or even a motorcycle) and someone sends a similar e-mail saying they want to buy your ‘product.’
Here’s the thing, two days prior, a chiropractor selling a piece of equipment received a similar e-mail. Take a look at this one.
I am Amber Portwood, i’m interested in this item,i would like to know the condition of this item and the final asking price because i am buying it as a birthday gift for my Dad.i want you to know i can only make payment through paypal.I have a shipping agent that will be coming for the pickup in your location. So kindly get back to me with your direct email and paypal email address and phone number so that i can contact you.my direct contact email address is([email protected]) Pls get back to me as soon as possible so that i can proceed with the payment. Best regards
IP address: 18.104.22.168 <- Russia
What a coincidence that someone named Amber also has an IP address based out of Russia and they’re sending nearly the exact same e-mail request (a birthday gift for a family member). Unfortunately, people do fall for these scams, so I don’t expect the fraudsters are going to stop anytime soon.
If you use classified advertising sites anywhere (not just on planet chiropractic classifieds) be especially aware of individuals seeking to separate you from both your money and your items for sale. Always a good idea to use caution when selling and buying online. Heck, it’s good to use caution and common sense even when selling locally face-to-face.
Many thank you’s to the chiropractors that take the time to forward me these e-mails so I can get posts created and get IP addresses blocked. Your efforts are much appreciated.