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Old 12-19-2006, 08:27 AM
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This is a real odd one.

We constantly get emails requesting part quotes, which is great because that is the business that we are in. But over the last couple of months we have been getting very odd requests for spark plugs with quantities in the several hundreds. Goofy part numbers too. They never go anywhere andI have stopped answering them.

Then the faxes started. Looks like they are coming from a US customer. Same thing.....spark plugs andthis timefuel filters. Quantities in the hundreds and they are prepared to do bank wire transfers to our account for more money then the parts cost if I would send them back the difference. Kind of like making change I guess.[img]../images/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] Anyways......the faxes get made into paper airplanes and tossed in the trash.

Well today I got a new one. A phone call from a company called IP-Relay. Anyone heard of this? Thiscompany calls and explains to me about IP-relay and that I they have a disabled(deaf) person connected via computer to them and since the person on the other end they can not talk(deaf), IP-Relayacts asa go between, between that person an myself.

The process moves along slowly. The person on the other end asks a question, IP Relay asks me the question, I respond ect. On this call the person wants....you guessed it.....spark plugs. So I play along for a couple of minutes. Of course they want several hundred of spark plugs and want to pay with a credit card or bank wire transfer and do I ship to Nigeria. Told IP-relay never to call me again.

Those scammersare getting clever...or they have a serious NGKspark plug fetish! [img]../images/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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Old 12-19-2006, 08:34 AM
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Sim, you are not alone on this one. Just last week I got a fax for 1000 ngk spark plugs!
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Old 12-19-2006, 12:15 PM
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I got the deaf person scam in my office a few years ago. I recognized the game right away but played along right down until it was time for payment. Obviously the CC # they gave was bogus. Lots of losers out there, don't be fooled.
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One of our other offices recently got burned on some high $ bearings (we're in the precision machine tool business). The key to identifying the scam was they wanted to pick up at the UPS hub - not have them delivered to a business address. The credit card # offered ended up being stolen, although on the day it was used there was no alert on the card #. In this case the vendor (us) is out the cost of the product - credit card company won't pay. These days you have to "sniff" everything before acting.
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Old 12-19-2006, 03:39 PM
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If you Google TDD you'll see a bunch of scams going through the IP Relay system and it's a dammed shame. Lots of hearing impaired people DEPEND on that service for assistance with their every day life...... Hang the b@st@rds HIGH!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:17 PM
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Bailey Boat - 12/19/2006 2:39 PM Lots of hearing impaired people DEPEND on that service for assistance with their every day life...... Hang the b@st@rds HIGH!!!!!!!!
I never thought of that Bailey...........it would be a shame if people that really needed the service had to suffer because of those idiots.

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Old 12-19-2006, 05:34 PM
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The Today Show did a piece on it a few weeks ago. Do you have the Today Show in WI or do they just play hunting shows in the morning? Like Bailey said its for deaf people but scammers of all kinds use it to scam people. They interviewed some operators who said the job was aweful because they knew they were playing a part in scamming people, or helping sexual predators and whatever else but there was absolutely nothing the could about it. They legally have to translate the message word for word whether its asking for spark plugs or phone sex or the grocery list.
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Just tell them you have TDD. Give them the fax number and hang up.
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well at least they are starting to bring a couple of these morons to justice. But as we know, so many are operating out of country where Internet scam laws do not exists or even legal.

http://chicago.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/p...6/dec12_06.htm

this was the old western union scam, but sent to people that actually bid on ebay items and hit with second chance emails for items they were out bid on.
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yachtjim - 12/19/2006 5:34 PM

The Today Show did a piece on it a few weeks ago. Do you have the Today Show in WI or do they just play hunting shows in the morning?
How would he know ? Andy gets in at the crak of noon

btw - I'd like a quote on 1000 O rings for Racor Filters

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