Is He for REAL? Is this Idenity Theft? I know it is spam…


I got another of those E-mail that are supposed to have been sent by my brother..  The first clue that it was NOT from him is that it was not in my Friends and Family folder in Incredimail…  This folder is NOT sorted by who they say they are but by the E-mail address so, if the E-mail address is different it just lays in the Inbox

Moving the mouse curser over the senders name revealed the address coop@betterme.org.  The next thing is he used my full first name, which my brother does NOT use…  The web address has a domain of .ru which would appear to be in Russia and was pushed some kind of weight loss system by excercise.com…  Looking up the e-mail address gave me the name Michael O. “Coop” Cooper.whose website says he is helping business owners increase their business, and so forth..

Other than for the use of this article I would have NO USE for him or his site…  for the simple reason that as soon as I looked at the e-mail I knew that someone had just LIED to me…  Maybe it is honest…  Maybe the person who sent it to me happens to have the same name as by brother, then again I think it is more likely that this is a scam and the only way they can attract  people’s attention is to LIE to them about who they are..

So, let us all do this…  If you get an e-mail fron a fried that looks suspicious run the cursor over the sent name and see if the e-mail address is one you know.  If it isn’t, then just delete it.  Who wants to risk doing any kind of dealing with someone who starts out by being dishonest…

Thank,

That Joe Guy.

Scams


It is probably just me… but when I see some add that offers, say a hat, for free it seems that all I would have to do is tell them where to send the hat…  Sure there might be a shipping fee, for the cost of sending the hat.

If I see an advertisement for a free hat, with the purchase of a vehicle, I understand that the price of the hat is the cost of the vehicle, and they could have written the ad to say something like”free vehicle with the purchase of a single hat”, and that would be just as truthful.  That would, of course, make for a really expensive hat.  They like to use the word “FREE” as it then seems that you are not paying anything for the hat, or whatever.  More truthful would be to say “at no extra cost”.  That doesn’t give the same impression though.

Then there is the offer of a free gift card, or maybe an iPod, iPad, or other expensive product, and all you have to do is answer a few question in their survey.  So you click on it, and start the survey.

They ask a couple of simple questions, a survey that might be useful to somebody, and then maybe the have you pick out the product you want.  That done you go to the real point of the thing, the survey, for real?  There is usually a disclaimer that says something like “participation required”.  What they mean is that when you are picking between all the wonderful things you might be interested in, or not, if you want the product you picked out then you must subscribe to several of their offerings.  There are normally several different column, much like chinese food menus, from which you must pick a specified number of offers.  That is a scam.

If you have to buy something then the product is not free.  This is less honest than a time share luncheon, where you have to listen to a sales spiel to get that free lunch, which is why it is often said that “there is no such thing as a free lunch“.

Dear Readers


For those of you who actually read my articles:  I thank you very much…

I love hearing from people who give  me the idea that they have REALLY read my material.

On the other hand, there are those who write generic praise which, most likely, is a result of cut and paste and could refer to anything…   I particularly liked the one that put a comment on my “About Me” page that said something along the lines of “this is a great idea, I never would have thought about it like that”.

While I look forward to your comments: if the comment does not indicate you have read the articles then I will DELETE it…

 

Beware of Scammers using EBay motors…


We had a recent close call with some scammers using Ebay Motors.

It started out with my brother, who lives in Colorado, trying to find a used Motorhome…  he did, and this is what he found… a 2000 Fleetwood Jamboree.  The idea was to have a vehicle that would allow him to visit us here in Florida.  He has a number of dogs that would HAVE to come with him, as it would normally take several weeks to make the trip.

This all sounded good, and over the next several days he dealt with a Gianni Simone..  well here is a portion of the first email.

Hello,

The Fleetwood is still available for sale. It’s a 2000 Fleetwood JAMBOREE RALLYE, 8 – Cyl., White, 29.5′ feet, 28,180 miles, automatic, single owner, extremely clean camper, locks and seats, sound system, clean title and no accidents.  I just changed the generator oil and filter. All the maintenance have been performed to the Fleetwood dealer only. As for the engine oil, i always used Amsoil Premium 10W-40W, i know that it’s the best for my RV. No leaks from rain, no damage on the camper, ALL SYSTEMS 100% WORKING.
I’m the owner and the camper is paid off. My father worked at Fleetwood Motor Homes of California and had access to the employee store. Now the I’m located in Lake Havasu City, AZ and the RV is with me. The reason i’m selling it is that i need some money to buy a new house, we want to move in Phoenix. I just got promoted with my job and i need to move to my new office in Phoenix.
If you are interested and you have the funds available you can buy it on ebay by hitting Buy it Now button and complete the process.  Also on ebay you will find more pictures and more details/specifications about the RV.

http://shop.cgi.ebay.com.2000-Fleetwood-JAMBOREE-RALLYE-29feet-one-owner-98549804.clean-interior.net/2O4EMUTNQ9.html?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item4aaa9ee66d&ht_19155wt_1165&ebay_id=EwyoCbwjNlUIscTU&cfg=rev&fln=1&_mqf=0&_qfkw=1&file=home

I’ll be able to arrange shipping if needed at my expenses, but i want to close the sale trough ebay to secure our deal, because it protects both buyer and seller.

Many thanks,
Gianni Simone

It seemed to be a great deal, though he wanted $1,000 or $2000 upfront..  A deal was worked out to purchase the vehicle through the Ebay Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP) plan..  That sounded good.  The idea was that we would wire transfer the money to  Payment must be submitted via Bank Wire Transfer to an
eBay Financing Center Agent in charge of this transaction. Below is a portion of the instructions.

eBay
agent details

Account
Name:
Marshall
Jonathan Christian
Address: 107 SE trail
Spicewood,
TX 78669
Bank
Name:
American
Bank of Texas N.A.
Account
Number:
469567
Account
Routing:
114909220
Bank
Address:
418
N Hyw 281, Marble Falls, Tx
78654
  •     1.  Contact your bank to make a money transfer to our eBay agent.
  •     2.  Make the payment with cash using our agent details as
    receiver.
  •     3. E-mail us the following details from the payment receipt:
    • Transfer number
    • Name of bank sending payment
    • Date of transfer
    • Exact Amount Sent
  •     4. Send us the copy of the payment receipt through fax at:    1 (408) 649-5222
* Once we
receive the payment confirmation, we will instruct the seller to start the
shipping. We will hold the payment details until you send us your confirmation
that you are satisfied with the product you received. As soon as we receive your
confirmation we will release the payment details to the
seller.

Once the funds been sent to this account the suller would then ship the product…  and once my brother had looked at it, and accepted it, he would let ebay know, and they would relase the funds to the seller..  sounds like a good deal to me, and safe too. 

On Tuesday Mom and I checked with my brother, and headed to Bank of America to send the funds.  It was just like one of those movies.  As they young lady at the bank was getting ready to send the funds out cell phone rang.  When we were able to get in touch with my brother his first words were, “do not send the money, its a fraud”.  It seems he had contacted Ebay and had been told it was NOT a valid sale…  The young lady at the BoA was able to stop the transfer, and so the story pretty much ended on a good note….

Take this to heart…  The scammers are getting more sophisticated all the time..  several of the email that my brother sent me looked, as far as I could tell, as if they had come from Ebay.

PS..  I have found that if you put the sellers Email address into google, gias80@aol.com you can find at least 4 more cars that he has listed…  There also seems to be another Email account connected to him, gias880@gmail.com but, I have not gotten any information about who that is either…    As far as I know we have not gotten anymore communication from Gianni Simone about the aborted transaction so I would assume, there is that word, that, whoever he is, he has no defence.