Scam That will get you Robbed

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by curdog, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. curdog

    curdog New Member

    Sheridan, Arkansas
    May be fiction, but who knows????
    This was written by a guy from KVLY TV in Fargo , ND .? This is something that happened to us on the way back from vacation last week. At first I didn't think much of it until now. The reason we were a little suspicious is we had been riding in a jeep all day with 100 degree temps and we stopped at a truck stop for something to drink.
    When I was leaving, a young girl followed me out and asked what kind of cologne I was wearing.
    Well, after 7 hours in the car sweating, I don't think you could tell if I was or was not wearing any cologne. We just got in the jeep and said no thanks.
    Then it was about 3 weeks ago, I was at a service station in Birmingham getting gas. It was about 9:30 pm. I was approached by 2 men and 2 women in a car.? The man that was driving asked me 'What kind of perfume do you wear?'
    I was a bit confused and I asked him 'Why?'
    He said, 'We are selling some name brand perfumes, at cheap prices.
    I said I had no money. He then reached out of the car and handed me paper that was laminated; it had many perfumes on it. I looked quickly at it and gave it back. I said, have no money. He said it is OK, we take check, cash, or credit cards.
    Then the people in the car began to laugh. I just got in my car and said no thanks.
    Then I received this e-mail yesterday and it sent chills up my spine.
    Please read this. It is no joke. Here is the e-mail I was sent:
    Dear Friends:? I know not all of you are women that I am sending this to, but am hoping you will share this with your wives, daughters, mothers, sisters, etc. Our world seems to be getting crazier by the day. Pipe bombs in mail boxes and sickos in parking lots with perfume. Be careful. I was approached yesterday afternoon around 5:30 PM in the Wal-Mart parking lot by two men asking what kind of perfume I was wearing. Then they asked if I'd like to sample some fabulous scent they were willing to sell me at very reasonable rate. I probably would have agreed had I not received an e-mail warning of a "Wan'na smell this neat perfume?"
    The men continued to stand between parked cars, I guess to wait for someone else to hit on. I stopped a lady going towards them, pointing at them and told her about how I was sent an e-mail at work about someone walking up to you at the malls or in parking lots and asking you to SNIFF PERFUME that they are selling at a cheap price or at least compare to which one you like best.
    THIS IS NOT PERFUME... IT IS ETHER!? When you sniff it, you'll pass out. They'll take your wallet, your valuables and heaven knows what else. If it were not for this e-mail, I probably would have sniffed the 'perfume' but thanks to! the generosity of an e-mailing friend, I was spared whatever might have happened to me. I wanted to do the same for you.
    Ladies, this happened to me yesterday and I didn't smell the perfume either, thanks to this email. This is true. Believe me, I know. I was over by Big Lots in the parking lot at lunch time when I was approached.
    So either day or night, it does not matter. There were 3 guys together when I was approached. I called the police when I got back to my desk. Like the email says above, LET EVERYONE KNOW ABOUT THIS - YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, CO-WORKERS, whomever. It helped me. The first thing that popped into my head was this e-mail warning.
  2. Mickey

    Mickey New Member

    Thanks for some good info. There is a lot of scams out there.

  3. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

    Fact or fiction, thanks for the heads up. In today's world you have to be on your toes at all times.
  4. BajaCoop

    BajaCoop Well-Known Member

    Poplar Bluff,MO
    I think this is a hoax. Just sniffing ether off a card is not going to make you pass out.
  5. Ulikedew

    Ulikedew New Member

    Georgetown IN
    Some of those perfume people are legit sorta. I answered an ad in the paper years ago and when I went in for the interview I was told that I would be going door to door selling perfume knockoffs. I kindly told them where they could stick the perfume and went off on them about placing misleading ads.Told them it was a waste of my time where I could be looking for a real job with a real paycheck.
  6. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

    Lost Wages
    Now this just might work!! Door to door stinkbait. You could have several varieties like "Mike Vick take a few years to loose the stink" the most potent brand or a 3 ingredient brand from New England that will......Hey Comish, what happened???? Where theygo????
  7. Menth

    Menth New Member


    JERMSQUIRM New Member

    lots of folks these days that there hobbies are spredaing fake stories. but i guess better safe than sorry.
  9. loanwizard

    loanwizard Well-Known Member

    Being in the car business the last 20 years I have had quite a bit of experience witht hese people. They used to visit dealerships with boxes of fake "Giorgio" and other knockoffs. The names were similar and the boxes were just a little off. If they are carrying a case of different but familiar looking boxes then they are probably safe.

    BTW, IMHO the scents are not even close to the real thing, but they don't smell like ether either. They usually smell way too sweet or fruity. They are normally overpowering instead of a muted accent.

    Criminy, now I sound like a Faberge....
  10. Ulikedew

    Ulikedew New Member

    Georgetown IN
    Well you just going to have to catch some catfish to get that fresh kittie smell.
  11. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat Well-Known Member

    Yeah, it takes more than a sniff of ether to knock you out. Otherwise, I would go unconscious every time i went to start my lawnmower, boat motor, or any of the many hoopties I have driven in the past. Better safe than sorry I guess. I have know some of those cologne "pushers" though, and although they certainly are annoying, they (at least the ones I've known) are legit. People are probably just sick of them, and trying to find ways to thin 'em out lol.
  12. Dano

    Dano New Member

    ED, maybe sniffing ether off a card wont make a person pass out, maybe it will. In a parking lot , at red lights, even some junk stands in a mall, I dont trust them, we have been warned in past about chemicals and terrorist, nuts etc. Who knows what you could be smelling and effects of it later, be lucky if it is junk and nothing else. There was even a thread about Meth being put in sweet colorful candy tricking school kids to eat it. These days, with all the illegals, foreigners drug dealers and again I will say, in past 7 years it has grown big time in Texas. I've never seen crime so hi in my area.
    I try not to let people approach me with selling anything. I'm not taking a chance on me or my family and I stress that to them. .If I want to buy perfume , candy etc. for my wife or grandkids, I'm going to a legit store or deal directly with someone I know, Anyone tries to push something in a parking light, red light etc. or approaches my wife, me, grandkids , its a good ideal to say no and mean it. Thats my thinking.

    Trying to Avoid the crowd , shopping one late night at Wal mart parking lot during Christmas '07. Wife an I walking inside store. I'm watching a shifty looking man walking around the parking lot, bothering the few folks who late night shop. He was also looking in beds of trucks etc. I walked in store and told an employee, they might want a check him out. Not sure if they did, but on way out, he was still in parking lot walking around,
    he followed wife and I to truck, started to approach saying something bout he had electronics' for sale and asking to bum a smoke at same time. I said stay away, dont want anything you got, aint got any smokes. I quickly unlocked truck, we got in. He came all the way to my truck on Wife's side window. He did not like what he heard from me and saw , tucked tail ran off. I'm sure he was looking for clean underwear after that. I want give the details of it all. LOL. Stuff like that has happen more than once.
    There are a million scams out there and there is always someone who will fall for them , some sale junk, some stolen stuff, some a box of rocks, some are trying to rob, rape etc.
    We probably all have been victim of some time of scam, even legal ones.

    Best thing to do, use common sense.

    Parents tell their kids, dont trust strangers. Good advice for adults too.
    All that said, I still help out a person, but I check out the way they carry themselves and try to use good judgment , common sense. Dont always pan out.