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 Post subject: Tracie Robson
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:55 am 
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Beware of a scammer who emails from the name Tracie Robson - email addy : tracieron@hotmail.com.

Expect an email like this (sent to my gemologyonline email account):

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I am interested in some of your items , but will like to know how long it will take to deliver items to Slovenia as that is the destination. More also i will like to confirm what kind of Credit Card do you accept as form of payment? Kindly get back to me with answer to my inquiry and don't forget to include your updated website link for me to browse through.And if you never ship international you have no problem because i have a reliable shipper that will come for the pick up.

God Bless


reliable shipper ey? Yeah right...
Junk that SOB... or send him a mail bomb instead... :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Tracie Robson
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:24 am 
Deal with caution with anyone using a Hotmail, Yahoo or other free and anonymous account for business purposes, unless you are sure that the using entity is tied to a business licence number/company registration etc, and a known physical address, preferably in your own jurisdiction. Basically, to trade using a 'throw away' 30-day anonymous account, shouts 'Maybe Scammer, watch out!' before they have even told you what they want.

Ensuring the standing of those you deal with takes up time and a little money so one often does not do so for small trades. In these cases always make sure that the business you do will them requires no element of trust. E.g. you receive the goods/cash before releasing anything to them - or put the transaction through an 'honest broker' such as PayPal.


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got the same this morning, flushed before end reading.....

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yeah, if you're not selling anything on GO its obvious. I posted this more for guys like Jason and others who use the classifieds to make a buck.


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Thanks Tim.

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LOL, I just junked my copy before coming to the forum.

If anyone has some spare time, you can open the long headers, track the server the mail is coming from and contact them directly.


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Barbra Voltaire wrote:
LOL, I just junked my copy before coming to the forum.

If anyone has some spare time, you can open the long headers, track the server the mail is coming from and contact them directly.

Copy the whole email (with all headers) and send it to Spamcop. They'll do the tracking.


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Deal with caution with anyone using a Hotmail, Yahoo or other free and anonymous account for business purposes, unless you are sure that the using entity is tied to a business licence number/company registration etc, and a known physical address, preferably in your own jurisdiction. Basically, to trade using a 'throw away' 30-day anonymous account, shouts 'Maybe Scammer, watch out!' before they have even told you what they want.

Ensuring the standing of those you deal with takes up time and a little money so one often does not do so for small trades. In these cases always make sure that the business you do will them requires no element of trust. E.g. you receive the goods/cash before releasing anything to them - or put the transaction through an 'honest broker' such as PayPal.



Amen. I made the costly mistake of joining a "luxury website" with a name that's also a slang word for foreigner in Thailand :-) In six months, I got about 10 emails total from that site, ALL of them from scammers like this.

A hotmail or yahoo account is a huge red flag for me.

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:D I'm quite attached to my hotmail account... I do everything with it and have all my other email addies relayed to it...

I might have to reconsider it and start using that dreadful outlook... :x


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Tim wrote:
I might have to reconsider it and start using that dreadful outlook... :x


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 Post subject: Re: Tracie Robson
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:15 pm 
Nothing wrong with that at all, Tim. But, for better or worse, much about business is connected to the reasons (illogical perhaps) people use for deciding that they'd like to do business with you (meaning 'one' and nothing personal) rather than with the next guy. What makes them decide to do this is not strictly amenable to logic. It boils down to there being some 'comfort factor(s)' and a real part of this is that 'one' is not going to 'do a runner', will be responsible for what one contracts, has survived in the same business for a while and will be around at least for the life of any warranty or contract duration :)

If one wants - for any reason - to have multiple e-mail addresses that's fine and its fine too to have mail to/from those addresses relayed to catchmeifyoucan@hotmail.com. But IMHO if one promotes catchmeifyoucan@hotmail.com as one's main (only?) business contact address, even in this wired world, one is probably not going to attract those vital 'first-time customers' as readily and frequently as if one has registered and own and promote an e-address like 'servingyousince1777@bankamerica.com'.

Just the maunderings of an old man who knows how hard it is to start a business and make it fly :lol: .


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Tim, can't you just forward emails through your site?
tim@wildmicro.com

just like we do here with
tim@gemologyonline.com :?:


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Yeah, I can send emails from my hotmail account from any of my email addies but I think the receiver sees the address as this was send from 'info@wildmicro.com from spauwe@hotmail.com' or something like it.

I've been using hotmail since 1996, I've gotten quite used to it...


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You shuld be able to set up your account so that the return address reads whatever you like.


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njet... at least, not that I know. I can't ditch the hotmail part.

Hey... only a hundred more posts Barb, and you'll have 9999 posts :D


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