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*BEWARE OF RECENT SCAMS TO FRAME SHOPS*

tedh

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
But there were no spelling errors. That alone would lead me to want to invest in that company.

OTOH, this is the weirdest one I've seen.
 

artfolio

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
I had a novel attempt to scam me a few days ago - the "offer" even came by Fax which got my antennae quivering for a starter.

It had what looked like the Yellow Pages logo on the top and a heading of Yellow Page - Free Facebook. The blurb went on to explain that "Yellow Page" would give me a free Facebook business page which would bring me untold wealth and all I had to do was fax back my acceptance. The wording was obviously designed to make it sound as if this was a privilege I had earned by advertising with Yellow Pages.

Anyway closer examination revealed that the Logo was a reverse version of the Yellow Pages one - the fingers were walking the wrong way. The name was "Yellow Page" not "Yellow Pages" and in fine print at the bottom I agreed to pay them $200 per month for two years for my "free" Facebook page.(Correct me if I am wrong but I thought Facebook was free anyway??)

One more for the round metal file on the floor.
 

Pat Murphey

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Well, I got this email which should fix everything up just fine:

From Office Of . Mr. Terence McCulley
American Ambassador to Nigeria
From. Mr. Terence McCulley
E-mail:ambassador.terence.mcculley@live.com


Attn:

This is to inform you that I came to Nigeria on Monday, after series of complains from the FBI and other Security agencies from Asia, Europe, Oceania, Antarctica, South America and the United States of America respectively, against the Federal Government of Nigeria and the rate of scam/fraudulent activities going on in their country.

The stopping instruction from the office of the presidency came to our notice to stop the outgoing transfer which your Fund was among the list. The stopping instruction came as a result of the new Beneficiary and the new bank account. with this new development the Foreign Debt Reconciliation Committee and the Finance Minister has set up a verification Panel on your due contract payment file which has been endorsed and approved for payment awaiting for your final confirmation in view of this sudden changes you have to get back to this office to confirm the new account submitted to Central Bank for this transfer on your behalf.

(1) This Office has just received a registered sworn affidavit, to re-route your payment into a new Bank account number as stated: Bank Address: BANK OF AMERICA..101 TYRON ST. CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA.28202. Account number 325018895, Routing Number 900786654 Beneficiary name Mr. Clinton Barry. The Amount is US$10.5m USD.(Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) This is the only reason why you have not received your fund.

(2) You have to get back to this office with the copy of confirmation letter or power of attorney if you have instructed Mr. Clinton Barry, the right to change and appoint a new Attorney on your behalf thereby asking that they receive cash call remittance on your behalf.

(3) It has come to our notice that you are being contacted by unauthorized Individuals in respect to your payment but unfortunately this office is not aware of your unofficial dealings and be warned that it is at your own risk if you continue with this contact.

The Foreign Debt Reconciliation Committee has to contact you to verify the relationship between you and Mr Clinton Barry. As he tried to change all your details through the sworn affidavit into a new different bank account details. You are advised to call me or email back upon the receipt of this mail to enable this office know and advice you on how to handle this matter without any hitch.

I have a very limited time to stay in Nigeria here so I would like you to urgently respond to this message so that I can advise you on how best to confirm your fund in your account

within the next 72 hours. Contact me on E-mail: ambassador.terence.mcculleyATlive.com

Sincerely yours,

Mr. Terence McCulley
American Ambassador to Nigeria
E-mail: ambassador.terence.mcculleyATlive.com

(emails disabled)
 

shayla

WOW Framer
Woo-Hoo! Always glad to help a friend. Ka-ching! :thumbsup:
 

David N Waldmann

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
This is more of an attempted malware type of attack.

Since I don't have any loan application in with Citi Bank I know it's not legit, but if I were in process and expecting paperwork I might very well have opened it, although the "To" is our general sale email address, not anyone in particular so probably not...

The "From" in the header matches the info in the body of the email.

Attachment of .zip type included.

======================================================================
Your documents are ready , please sign them and email them back.

Thank you

Marie_Campos
Level III Account Management
817-812-5681 office
817-499-5513 cell
Marie_Campos@citibank.com

Investments in securities and insurance products are:
NOT FDIC-INSURED/NO BANK-GUARANTEES/MAY LOSE VALUE

The security of personal information about you is our priority. We protect this information by maintaining physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that meet applicable law. We train our employees in the proper handling of personal information. When we use other companies to provide services for us, we require them to protect the confidentiality of personal information they receive.

CONFIDENTIAL NOTICE: The contents of this message, including any attachments, are confidential and are intended solely for the use of the person or entity to whom the message was addressed. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, please be advised that any dissemination, distribution, or use of the contents of this message is strictly prohibited. If you received this message in error, please notify the sender. Please also permanently delete all copies of the original message and any attached documentation. Thank you.
 

Larry Peterson

PFG, Picture Framing God
Attachment of .zip type included.
That is the key. Never ever, ever open any kind of attachment unless you are absolutely sure that it is from someone you personally know. I don't know of any legitimate company that sends attachments anymore because 99.9999999999999999% of them are malware.
 

David N Waldmann

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
I don't know of any legitimate company that sends attachments anymore because 99.9999999999999999% of them are malware.
We send attachments every day. All of our documents are "printed" as PDFs. There's little I hate more than an "Invoice" that prints on two pages because of email formatting.

We get attachments from a large number of suppliers, including PFM, McMaster, Lands' End and National Car Rental. And we receive attachments from our customers with regularity as well, just this morning I got one from Yale.

Common sense is a definite requirement...
 

Bob Doyle

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Attachments are one thing, but does anyone legit send zip files? Maybe for photos and other larger items, but documents tend to come in as pdfs.
 

David N Waldmann

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
...does anyone legit send zip files?...
Not very often. The only good reason to send "normal" photos as a zip file would be so that they are all in one place. Since jpgs are already in a compressed format they don't zip very well.

I recently had to send some data files to our software support people and the stuff compacted down to less than 10% of the original file size which made it very feasible to email. Otherwise I would have had to ftp it or use Dropbox or some such thing.
 

Paul Cascio

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Love Dropbox, great for archiving files too.
 

Mike Labbe

Member, Former moderator team volunteer
I'm a big fan, too. They have been providing the services since 1997. My smartphone automatically uploads any newly taken photos to it, so they're available on all other devices (desktop pc at home, laptop, office pc). It's nice to know that everything is backed up to the cloud, in case my phone is misplaced.
 

Bob Doyle

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
The Cloud? Is that the name of the NSA's server farm in Utah? :)
 

artfolio

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Maybe I just look dumb but I have been getting a lot of these gambling systems lately:

http://the-money-mark.com/

I have visited the site and there are no nasties lurking there.

It sounds plausible and is actually quite well written but follows the usual pattern of asking for a relatively minor "investment" and promising regular rewards.

My bet is that if there were any "software glitches" in online casinos they would be fixed pretty smartly but I wonder where the "sting" is for the guy pushing this?
 

Bill Henry-

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
The Cloud? Is that the name of the NSA's server farm in Utah? :)
"The Cloud"? I think that’s the name of a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado.

The NSA server farm is called "The Matrix". :p
 

Mike Labbe

Member, Former moderator team volunteer
This is a common one. We received another of these today, with a file attachment. (a zip file that contains a nasty virus, if opened)

It came from a yahoo address, not UPS

We love logistics
UPS parcel notification
Dear client

You have an pending parcel at our storehouse.
Please print the receipt from attachment and show it at our office.


Warning: We will send the parcel back to the sender if you will not take it within 10 days.

This is an automatically generated email, please do not reply.


Copyright © 1994-2013 United Parcel Service of America, Inc. All rights reserved.
 

Mike Labbe

Member, Former moderator team volunteer
I got a slightly new one today. Just sharing it so no one else falls victim.

Mike

Feedback submitted by
(marcusgreg@cooltoad.com) on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 02:29:19
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Name: Marcus Greg

Phone: 214-872-8135

Question: Attention: Sales,

I am Marcus and emailing regarding the order of some picture solid oak frames to be used during this festive season. I will like to know how long it would take you to customized the below sizes and quantity for me.

14"x6" with glass 1 1/2 inches wide
Qty: 40

17"x6" with glass 1 1/2 inches wide
Qty: 30

20"x6" with glass 1 1/2 inches wide
Qty: 30

Please email me the total plus tax and how long it will take you to get them ready to be picked up from your shop as soon as i pay for them. You can call me on 214-872-8135 if you have further questions and please direct all replies to marcusgreg@cooltoad.com for immediate attention. I am looking to your reply, kind regards.

Marcus Greg

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REMOTE_ADDR: 41.218.222.101
HTTP_USER_AGENT: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:25.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/25.0
Traced it to IP: 41.218.222.101 City: Accra State: NULL Country: Ghana ISP: Ghana Telecommunications Ltd
 

RParrish

PFG, Picture Framing God
I got the same one, from my website.
 

David N Waldmann

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
It's pretty amazing that they are doing manual submissions.

We've been getting solicitations (the one I recall was for Ugg boots) through our website. We have Recaptcha so unless they are getting really smart it's a person sitting there doing the submissions one at a time.
 

Rick Bergeron - CPF

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Can't remember where, but I read the Captcha algorithm had been broken.

Our solution was to put a "Hidden" field in the Contact Us page. The bots are trained to put 'something' in every field on the page. Test the hidden field. If it is blank, then it must be a human entering the information. If the hidden field contains anything, then it must be a bot. Send a "success" indication back to the bot but either ignore or delete the submission.

After doing that, we can count on a single hand the number of spam solicitations via the "Contact Us" page/script. Prior to that, it was several handfuls a day.

That solution also saves the actual users from having to contend with the Captcha field.

An enhancement to the hidden field was a timer so that when a bot got smart and left the hidden fields blank, if the form is filled too quickly, similar action would be taken.
 

Jeff Rodier

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
One site I use has a photo of a couple of the Captcha numbers so it can't be automated. The numbers are segments of home address numbers on the sides of houses. There is the JPEG and some squigly numbers after it.
 

Larry Peterson

PFG, Picture Framing God

Mike Labbe

Member, Former moderator team volunteer
Captcha has been broken for 4 or 5 years now. So his WEP wifi encryption.

Can't remember where, but I read the Captcha algorithm had been broken.

Our solution was to put a "Hidden" field in the Contact Us page. The bots are trained to put 'something' in every field on the page. Test the hidden field. If it is blank, then it must be a human entering the information. If the hidden field contains anything, then it must be a bot. Send a "success" indication back to the bot but either ignore or delete the submission.

After doing that, we can count on a single hand the number of spam solicitations via the "Contact Us" page/script. Prior to that, it was several handfuls a day.

That solution also saves the actual users from having to contend with the Captcha field.

An enhancement to the hidden field was a timer so that when a bot got smart and left the hidden fields blank, if the form is filled too quickly, similar action would be taken.
 

alacrity8

MGF, Master Grumble Framer
Scammers

How often do you all get scammers emailing for pricing on large quantity jobs?

I received one today from a Marcus Greg.

I think I've gotten about 8 this year.

Brian
 

RParrish

PFG, Picture Framing God
Re: Scammers

http://www.thegrumble.com/showthread.php?46242-*BEWARE-OF-RECENT-SCAMS-TO-FRAME-SHOPS*

Feedback submitted by
(marcusgreg@cooltoad.com) on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 02:29:19
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Name: Marcus Greg

Phone: 214-872-8135

Question: Attention: Sales,

I am Marcus and emailing regarding the order of some picture solid oak frames to be used during this festive season. I will like to know how long it would take you to customized the below sizes and quantity for me.

14"x6" with glass 1 1/2 inches wide
Qty: 40

17"x6" with glass 1 1/2 inches wide
Qty: 30

20"x6" with glass 1 1/2 inches wide
Qty: 30

Please email me the total plus tax and how long it will take you to get them ready to be picked up from your shop as soon as i pay for them. You can call me on 214-872-8135 if you have further questions and please direct all replies to marcusgreg@cooltoad.com for immediate attention. I am looking to your reply, kind regards.

Marcus Greg

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REMOTE_ADDR: 41.218.222.101
HTTP_USER_AGENT: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:25.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/25.0
 

shayla

WOW Framer
Re: Scammers

Ha! Love it. We rarely get these, but yesterday, my boss printed off this very one and
brought it to me. 'Would you look at this? It could be a scam, because of the language,
but I don't know.' I assured her that it was, saying they're posted on the G fairly often
and that I'd share this one. Nice confirmation here. :thumbsup:
 

Dave

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Re: Scammers

Maybe the guy is just getting a lot of quotes... heh...

:icon11:
 

Creative Chicks

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Re: Scammers

I got one from Marcus Greg this morning. He promptly got transferred over to "spam".

I, too, have gotten an exorbitant amount of spammers in the last several months. Some of the weasels are getting rather creative at their craft!

Lori
 

Framing Goddess

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
customized frams needed after the christmas celebrations

Attention: Sales,

I am Marcus and emailing regarding the order of some dark wood
picture frams to be used after the christmas celebrations. I will like
to know how long it would take you to customized the below sizes and
quantity for me.

14"x6" with glass 1 1/2 inches wide
Qty: 40

17"x6" with glass 1 1/2 inches wide
Qty: 30

20"x6" with glass 1 1/2 inches wide
Qty: 30

Please email me the total plus tax and how long it will take you to
get them ready to be picked up from your shop as my required deadline
should be four weeks depending on the day i will be placing the order.
You can call me on 214-872-8135 if you have further questions and
please direct all replies to marcusgreg@cooltoad.com for immediate
attention. I am looking to your reply, kind regards.

Marcus Greg
 

KaraK

CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
At least he's keeping things fresh by changing up his requirements...

Attention: Sales,

I am Marcus and emailing regarding the order of some dark wood
picture frames to be used after the christmas celebrations. I will
like to know how long it would take you to customized the below sizes
and quantity for me.

14"x6" with glass 1 inches wide
Qty: 40

17"x6" with glass 1 inches wide
Qty: 30

20"x6" with glass 1 inches wide
Qty: 30

Please email me the total plus tax and how long it will take you to
get them ready to be picked up from your shop as my required deadline
should be four weeks depending on the day i will be placing the order.
You can call me on 214-872-8135 if you have further questions and
please direct all replies to marcusgreg@cooltoad.com for immediate
attention. I am looking to your reply, kind regards.

Marcus Greg
 

SusieQ

CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
Re: Scammers

Yay! I'm "in" with the rest of you now!
I got my Marcus Greg email today.

I always feel so left out we you guys get scam emails and I don't.

Now I feel special.
 

shayla

WOW Framer
Re: Scammers

Does that make us kindred scam spirits?
 

Grey Owl

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

shayla

WOW Framer
Re: Scammers

nikfrz, as long as you're not busy making frames for Marcus, would
you have time to whip up thirty five shinny gold ones for me? :popc:
 

Bob Doyle

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Re: Scammers

I don't think I can respond because I don't stock much glass that is 1-1/2 wide. Most of mine is 2.5 mm wide. Am I missing something?
I was thinking the same thing. Sure could use the work but where canI get glass 1 1/2" thick? You think he wants bullet proof shadowboxes?
 

tedh

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Re: Scammers

I was thinking the same thing. Sure could use the work but where canI get glass 1 1/2" thick? You think he wants bullet proof shadowboxes?
He didn't say "thick". He said "wide". I know the guy - he lives in a very thin house in west London and needs art:

skinnyhouse.jpg

But he needs skinny art in shinny frames.
 

Mike Labbe

Member, Former moderator team volunteer
Got another one today, which traces to:
IP: 41.218.218.15 City: Accra State: NULL Country: Ghana ISP: Ghana Telecommunications Ltd

Feedback submitted by
(jamesorder19@h..........com) on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 13:54:55
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Name: Mr James Maxwell

Question:
Hello Sales,
I am Mr James Maxwell and I will like to place an order for picture
frames,I need them for our church project and this is the details am
looking for in the picture frames . Outside of the frames 30 x 40 gold
metal, mat, glass,foam board backing and the size of the opening mat is 3
inch the color of mat should be black.I want you to email me the price
quote of the picture frame included sales tax as well and i will get back
to you with the Quantity of the picture frames i am looking for.let me know
the method of payment do you accept ? and do add your contact phone
number,store location address so that i can reach you at so that we can
communicate via through the email and the phone as well. Thanks ones again
and hope to hear from you as soon as possible. i hope to hear from you.

Regards
Mr James Maxwell

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REMOTE_ADDR: 41.218.218.15
HTTP_USER_AGENT: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:16.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/16.0
 

SusieQ

CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
This was in my inbox this morning...

Dear Manager,
(If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO,Thanks)
This email is from China domain name registration center, which mainly deal with the domain name registration and dispute internationally in China.
We received an application from Huatong Ltd on December 12, 2013. They want to register " bluegrassframes " as their Internet Keyword and " bluegrassframes .cn "、" bluegrassframes .com.cn " 、" bluegrassframes .net.cn "、" bluegrassframes .org.cn " domain names etc.., they are in China domain names. But after checking it, we find "bluegrassframes " conflicts with your company. In order to deal with this matter better, so we send you email and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China or not?
Best Regards,
Jim
General Manager
Shanghai Office (Head Office)
3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China
Tel: +86 216191 8696
Mobile: +86 1870199 4951
Fax: +86 216191 8697
Web: www.yg-registry.cn


This is a first for me.
Anybody got any clues????
No china connections for me or my business.
 

Larry Peterson

PFG, Picture Framing God
This was in my inbox this morning...

Dear Manager,
(If you are not the person who is in charge of this, please forward this to your CEO,Thanks)
This email is from China domain name registration center, which mainly deal with the domain name registration and dispute internationally in China.
We received an application from Huatong Ltd on December 12, 2013. They want to register " bluegrassframes " as their Internet Keyword and " bluegrassframes .cn "、" bluegrassframes .com.cn " 、" bluegrassframes .net.cn "、" bluegrassframes .org.cn " domain names etc.., they are in China domain names. But after checking it, we find "bluegrassframes " conflicts with your company. In order to deal with this matter better, so we send you email and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China or not?
Best Regards,
Jim
General Manager
Shanghai Office (Head Office)
3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China
Tel: +86 216191 8696
Mobile: +86 1870199 4951
Fax: +86 216191 8697
Web: www.yg-registry.cn


This is a first for me.
Anybody got any clues????
No china connections for me or my business.
Got same same for my domain. Just ignored it.
 

SusieQ

CGF, Certified Grumble Framer
That's what I figured.

Can't imagine anyone in China would be interested in a name with "Bluegrass" in it. But then again, KFC is a very fast growing restaurant chain over there...
 

Mike Labbe

Member, Former moderator team volunteer
Did anyone get a quote request from "Don Lambert" recently? We have had 3 of these in the past month, from 3 names on the list below.

It looks real, but I took some time to research the inquiry The email domain comes back to an unregistered domain for sale, the IP traces to Ghana, the phone # traces to a voice over ip line which could be anywhere in the world - although it is registered to be from Colorado, and the physical address is that of a law firm - NOT an orphanage.

After searching for the name, I see the same scam is happening in other industries (framers, label companies, kitchen countertop companies, etc) and they are having people ship product to QATAR, via a mail forwarding company. (which happens long before it is discovered that a stolen credit card number was used to pay for everything, and the product is out of US law reach... so the vendor gets charged back for the full amount)

They have been sending a similar scam email with names Don Lambert, Marcus Greg, Elvis Barton, David Brooke, James Cage, Iverson Green, Steve Larry. and John Smith. Most of them are using hotmail, gmail, or yahoo addresses.

Please don't be a victim. :)

Mike Labbe

Feedback submitted by (dlambert@appraiser.net) on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 05:07:35
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Name: Don Lambert
Phone: (970) 370-7934
Hello Sales,
I am emailing in regards to custom picture frames to be used during our end of year photo shoot. My name is Don and i am placing this order on behalf of Sunrise Orphanages. Please find my required sizes along their respective quantities.
5" x 4" Quantity: 40 pcs
6" x 4 Quantity: 40 pcs
5" x 7 Quantity: 25 pcs
9" x 7 Quantity: 25 pcs
Honey Oak, lightwood and Heavy Duty Clear Acrylic & Foam core backing are some of the information. The width on all frames should be 1 1/2" wide with a Rabbet Depth: of 3/8 white matted. The sizes provided are the final picture sizes. Please email me a quote on the above and let me know how long it will take you to get them ready for delivery. My phone number is below so you can call me back if you have further questions.

Thank you very much and i look forward to doing business with you now and in the future.

Don Lambert
dlambert@appraiser.net
304 Clayton St,
Brush, CO 80723
(970) 370-7934

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REMOTE_ADDR: 197.251.139.158
HTTP_USER_AGENT: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:34.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/34.0
http://www.scambook.com/report/view/332239/Don-Lambert-Beam-Orphanages-Complaint-332239-for-$0.00

http://www.ruscammer.com/2148728135/index.html
 

Ylva

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
Have not had those yet, but would ignore anyway. They have no reason to buy from me, unless they are local. I am not the best priced, I don't sell online.

Also, the 'hello Sales' would be a give away.

Unfortunately, people still fall for these scams. Seems they are getting better in expressing themselves as well...
 
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