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Warning, fake e-mails from bottom-feeders

Folks, I know that I have talked about this in the past but the number of bottom-feeders out there has us out numbered. Once again I am seeing an increase in the nmber of e-mails that try to make you think it is coming from sidecar.com asking you to click on some or other link to "comfirm your information" or to warn you that you have done something wrong and need to update your information or some other nonsense.

I do not send such e-mails.

I have no support department, management group or anything else like that that belongs to sidecar.com. In fact, if I need to e-mail anyone I use a compleaty different e-mail address.

I am sorry to say but sometimes the world wide web is not a nice place at times. There is a lot of good things out there and I would have trouble getting along without it at times but, there are some real low-lives out there trying to steal your money or identity. So , be careful out there.

Bob Stock
Webmaster

One of our list members received this email concerning an ad placed here. Please be careful and don't be scamed

"Thanks for the mail, the price is okay by me and i am ready to purchase from you immediately, i am ok with $5500 for the(bmw r100 gs/pd w/ sputnick cargo},and i want you to deletethe ad from the website, ihave a reputableshipper thatwill takecare of shipping from yourend i want to let you know i have aclient in the state that isoweing me a sum of $10,000 i will instruct him to issue you a united state postal money order or cashier check on my behalf and as soon as united state postal money order or cashier check arrives, you holdout your amount and
send the difference to my shipper THROUGH WESTERNUNION for the pick up in your place, i
hope i can trust you for mybalance??? and also you will be contacting myshipper with all neccesary information needed for pick up inyour place i.e the actual weight and exact dimension of the(bmw r100 gs/pd w/ sputnick cargo ) . if
this terms are okay b y you,moreover there parts will be ship to hollond where my son live,becuse am buying it for my son inholland, do get back to me with thefollowing
details with payment be made out to you like this
Home Address...
Full Name on united state postal money order or cashier
check...
State...
Zipcode...
Country...
Telephone Nu mb er... Mobilephone number..."

Floks, I got this today from one of our members. Please be careful even in our classified ads here. In a perfect world we wouldn't have to worry about this but where is it perfect these days?

"Hi Joyce,

I posted an ad for a friend trying to sell his Velorex on the web site. Some one is pulling the address and is phishing for some one to bite.

Here is the list of common scams listed on a classified site I go to.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/about/scams.html

I was wondering if a note warning people would be prudent."

So another word of warning!

I aiso recieved one of these scams for my ad for the 883 sidecar rig.One of my co workers fall for a similar scam and is now paying a lawyer. If it's to good to be true it probably is!

Originally written by Joyce on 6/30/2005 7:19 PM

One of our list members received this email concerning an ad placed here. Please be careful and don't be scamed

"Thanks for the mail, the price is okay by me and i am ready to purchase from you immediately, i am ok with $5500 for the(bmw r100 gs/pd w/ sputnick cargo},and i want you to deletethe ad from the website, ihave a reputableshipper thatwill takecare of shipping from yourend i want to let you know i have aclient in the state that isoweing me a sum of $10,000 i will instruct him to issue you a united state postal money order or cashier check on my behalf and as soon as united state postal money order or cashier check arrives, you holdout your amount and
send the difference to my shipper THROUGH WESTERNUNION for the pick up in your place, i
hope i can trust you for mybalance??? and also you will be contacting myshipper with all neccesary information needed for pick up inyour place i.e the actual weight and exact dimension of the(bmw r100 gs/pd w/ sputnick cargo ) . if
this terms are okay b y you,moreover there parts will be ship to hollond where my son live,becuse am buying it for my son inholland, do get back to me with thefollowing
details with payment be made out to you like this
Home Address...
Full Name on united state postal money order or cashier
check...
State...
Zipcode...
Country...
Telephone Nu mb er... Mobilephone number..."

This is almost the exact wording seen on other phishing scams and sad to say, people fall for this all too often. Any deal that has a friend who owes money and will pick up the goods in lieu of cash is probably a scam. Be Careful! Notice the many misspellings. Sometimes the goods are asked to be sent and the buyer wishes to use his own shipper as in this message. Never use an unverified payment address or shipper. Never release the goods until the cash has been verified at an escrow account of your own choice or an agent of your own choice. Never send a balance "owed" before the same conditions are met.

This letter is a phishing scam.

We have so many of these attempted scams on the Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club's classifieds that most of us are leary of even posting an ad. We now ask for the member number and name .
Absolutely right about misspelling, bad english, and if it's "too good to be true."