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August 22 2012

The best scam email I have ever gotten

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The below was sent to me at my chiropractic office. They got me on every level, even my vanity to treat a model visiting from Italy. Obviously at the end when they ask about charges because they want to pay in advance is the give away, but before that they even almost had me. Read the email and see if you can see what tipped me off before the finance part. My answer of what it was below in red. Clue, the incongruity between the job they said they had, and what they said about me. See if you can spot it.

“Greetings from Sydney!!

My name is Roberto Biancini I live and work as a massage therapist here in Sydney, I am originally from italy, I am 45yrs old. I have been doing massage since 1991. I do deep relaxation massage in which the muscles relax without pain. I also do energy massage that helps people feel great when I am done. I am also certified to do pregnancy massage. I have lots of happy clients here in Sydney.

I have been looking for a Chiropractor for over a week now till i met an old friend yesterday that referred you to me, so i decided to contact you to know if you will be able give my client some Chiropractic sessions.. My client’s name is Ms Christine Serhan, A model here in Italy who has been having episodes of low back pain and has lasted for a week now…She will be coming to the U.S in 3 weeks time for a modeling job and will be residing in your Area temporarily until the necessary arrangement for her job has been made before she leaves.

She will be needing 1hr Chiropractic session per day, 2 Sessions per week for 6 weeks. Ms Serhan, asked me to come with her to America but i told her i would not be able to go with her as i have a course i will be going for in a week time and also because i do not know much about Chiropractic sessions, so i promised to help her get a good Chiropractor in your Area.

Pls tell me a little more about your self, how long have you been a Chiropractor? Would you be able to provide her with the sessions from the 10th of next Month to the 25th of October, 2 Sessions per week for 6 weeks. I need you to get back to me with the amount you charge per session and also let me know if she can pay you with a Certified check drawn from a US bank?

You can view some of Ms Serhan Pictures from the link below:

Till I read from you remain blessed.

Roberto Biancini
Wentworth Avenue
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia”

The tip off?

1 HR Chiropractic sessions. Chiropractors don’t bill in sessions, they bill in visits. Of course the “Till I read from you remain blessed” is classic Nigerian style.

Time to go back to the next installment of the info product, “Rip off Americans by studying their professions and vernacular advanced”. Can you imagine the emails they send out to their list? LOL

  1. Delaney said on August 22nd, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    just got the same email. my tip off was the fact that he started in sydney and ended up in italy.

  2. Jeff E. said on August 22nd, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    “In your area” was a red flag for me.

  3. Dr. Abate said on August 22nd, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I just got the same email, and having friends in Sydney I thought I was legitimate. But my innate was screaming at me, so I copied the whole email into google and found it is a scam.

  4. Tim said on August 22nd, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I was actually going to book this patient until my wife and my office manager said “no way” and looked it up on the Internet, I’m such a knucklehead!

  5. Dr. O'Brien said on August 22nd, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Just received the same bogus email. Anyone want to admit to clicking on the link? Curious if it’s a virus or a phony sales pitch.

  6. Dr. Hartman said on August 30th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    LOL! I was suspicious from the beginning, but figured I would play along with it. The link is real and the person is real. I actually found her on facebook. The second email they sent me had her staying at a hotel about a mile from my office, so I was thinking more and more that this was real. The last email was the best though. They sent me a UPS over night air tracking number of this check I was suppose to be getting. Even has my city, state registered on UPS, but after I was suppose to get it Tuesday, nothing now. They even included a malayasian bank with account number and everything! I’m trying to figure out how they would rip me off. They want a copy of the wire transfer slip. I don’t now if those will have my bank info on it or not. Will see if this continues!!!

  7. Dr. Hartman said on August 31st, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Well, ran this to the end. Finally get a Cashiers check this morning from Chase Bank. Took it over to the local Chase branch and indeed it was a fraud. The guy wanted me to deposit today and wire transfer them today as well. Of course, the check would have bounced and they would have had my money! So, that is the scam!

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