jenje Posted 7 Feb 2013 , 11:32pm
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I received the following email today. Several red flags came into my mind, but I don't know if I'm just being paranoid & it really is a real cupcake request. Please let me know what you think & if it is a scam, what could they possibly get from it. Here is the what the email read verbatim. 

Hello

Good day am Mary George i have a private party schedule i will like to place an order do you have cupcakes butter cream or vanilla flavor also do you accept credit card as payment so if you have cupcakes i will be needing this information

How much will 500 cupcakes will cost me ......

your address for the private carrier coming for the pickup

..............

  and actually, i will like you to email me detail asap i will be waiting for the reply.

Thanks

best regards

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sweetflowers Posted 7 Feb 2013 , 11:38pm
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SCAM

Texan Aunt Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 12:33am
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WOW!!! I don't think there is even one complete sentence in there.icon_razz.gif If it isn't a scam I don't think you really want to do business with someone like this anyways.

melanie-1221 Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 12:37am
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Scam detective.gif

tawnyadee Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 12:41am
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I received an email kind of like that.  She also sent me a partial text from the email before sending the email below.  It made me think scam too.  I did reply saying I did not accept credit cards and that I would need a deposit well before the due date.  I also did not give her the address.  Here is the email:

 

 

Hi how are you doing this Mrs.Mary My uncle wedding party is coming up on the 10th of Jan, So I will like to place an order for 350 Vanilla Cupcake and that will be pick up by a cooling van can i have the total cost so i can give you my credit card to charge for the payment and it will be pick up by 3pm on the 10th of Jan so can i have the total cost now so i can get you paid now with my credit card.and get back to me with the information below.
 
 
Pickup Address:
Personal cell #:
Total cost for the cakes pop:
Type of credit card:
Email:******
 
Best Regards,
Mary
BakingIrene Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 12:42am
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The general gist of the known scam is this: they want you to add $400-500 to the bill for the cupcakes, then charge the whole thing to their (fradulent) credit card and give you the difference in cash.

 

At this point, these are basically people in third world countries copying an online example of a bad email in the hopes that somebody really will be that stupid.

 

Just this morning, there was a business call from overseas and a person with an accent so thick you could smell the curry said "his name was jon williams calling about my PC". I cut him off and told him I had caller ID and that he was to never call again.

shanter Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 3:00am
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It's Mary George again!

 

OP: You'll enjoy this: http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2012/05/cake-scams-can-be-fun.html

Annabakescakes Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 3:04am
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AAmericans or people living in America don't use private carriers to pick up cupcakes!

bittersweety Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 3:20am
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ANever know. Id email back and ask for a phone number to discuss and if and doesn't respond then ok, you have your answer.

shanter Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 3:23am

Don't bother to e-mail or call - a waste of time. This is a scam, for absolute sure.

bittersweety Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 3:27am

AHaha nevermind ...I didn't know thatspecific lady was a scammer. I just read that link a few posts up...eek!

shanter Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 5:31am

It may not even be a lady!  icon_wink.gif

jenje Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 4:39pm
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It's Mary George again!

 

OP: You'll enjoy this: http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2012/05/cake-scams-can-be-fun.html

Thank you!! I loved reading this!!

pinchofsweetener Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 5:11pm
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It's Mary George again!

 

OP: You'll enjoy this: http://acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/2012/05/cake-scams-can-be-fun.html


LOL. That cracked me up. Great read.

bnbmom Posted 9 Feb 2013 , 3:01am

AHa! I got a good one today: "yes i will like to see if u cant make me a cake of the lady niki minaj the girl that thinks she is a barbie n how much i like the pink cup cakes i need to know how much it is n u cant do it for the cup cake i will need 4docens n how much"

Whenever they say "I will like..." then you know it's a scam.

I think they just copy and paste.

I asked them to call me and never got response, so...

Annabakescakes Posted 9 Feb 2013 , 6:00pm

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Ha! I got a good one today: "yes i will like to see if u cant make me a cake of the lady niki minaj the girl that thinks she is a barbie n how much i like the pink cup cakes i need to know how much it is n u cant do it for the cup cake i will need 4docens n how much"

Whenever they say "I will like..." then you know it's a scam.

I think they just copy and paste.

I asked them to call me and never got response, so...

I had an illiterate 12 year old contact me for a cake once. It was so hard to read, I thought it was a scam, but it was legit. I didn't do the cake, but was able to see her Facebook profile and everything she wrote was written that way.

Mmm Cake of NJ Posted 23 Feb 2013 , 3:05am

AI too received the same email from Mary George and also a Becca Winston. Becca Winston was the first to email me a few weeks ago. She said she was hearing impaired that's why she hadn't called me. I never said if I accepted credit cards so I never heard from her again. Today good ole Mary George emailed with the same request so that's when I decided to look online for scams. After a minute I figured it out. So this was my response back:

Unfortunately, "Mary George or Jane" I cannot take your "order." You see, you contacted me as Becca Winston a few weeks ago with the same order.

I do my research. Your phony name is all over the Internet.

First, no one uses a courier to pick up orders. Second, your English and writing skills are atrocious!

Whoever you are, you should be ashamed of yourself for preying on innocent people. I will be sure to post this all over the Internet to ensure that noone falls for this ****. Disgraceful!

Don't ever contact me again using any names or email addresses.

bittersweety Posted 23 Feb 2013 , 4:13pm

i just got my first mary george email yesterday as well! i wanted to reply back with something nasty but i just ignored it.

Pam1976 Posted 23 Feb 2013 , 4:32pm

It's a scam.  A Cake to Remember VA has fun with them!  Check it out....

http://www.acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/p/fun-with-email-scammers.html

sweetheart1978 Posted 23 Feb 2013 , 7:34pm
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Just this morning, there was a business call from overseas and a person with an accent so thick you could smell the curry said "his name was jon williams calling about my PC". I cut him off and told him I had caller ID and that he was to never call again.

BakingIrene, the way you have worded this is very offensive. There are many people on this forum from different cultures, i've seen many debates, but none of them have become personal about a persons culture. "...an accent so thick you could smell the curry...." Thats out of order. Please keep it clean.

BakingIrene Posted 23 Feb 2013 , 7:43pm
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Just this morning, there was a business call from overseas and a person with an accent so thick you could smell the curry said "his name was jon williams calling about my PC". I cut him off and told him I had caller ID and that he was to never call again.

Please EDUCATE YOURSELF BEFORE YOU CALL MY POST OFFENSIVE.

 

I use caller ID and I knew 200% for sure that this was an overseas call originating from a foreign country that has a very known bad reputation for overseas telemarketing using false names.  

 

I live in Canada where firms have been fined $150 MILLION for breaking OUR telemarketing laws. These laws include stating the real name of the caller at the beginning of the call.

sweetheart1978 Posted 23 Feb 2013 , 10:28pm

This has got nothing to do with educating one-self. I get Scam emails and phonecalls also but don't go slagging them off. No need to be so rude.

shanter Posted 24 Feb 2013 , 12:20am
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This has got nothing to do with educating one-self. I get Scam emails and phonecalls also but don't go slagging them off. No need to be so rude.


Scammers are trying to steal from you. I see no reason why one should be polite to them.

sweetheart1978 Posted 24 Feb 2013 , 3:15pm

Oh sorry Shanter, that post was directed at BakingIrene after the last post she wrote. I agree for us not to be polite to scammers,but becoming offensive about someones culture saddened me.

shanter Posted 24 Feb 2013 , 8:17pm

I don't believe Irene was rude. She explained her reasoning.

Annabakescakes Posted 24 Feb 2013 , 9:30pm
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Oh sorry Shanter, that post was directed at BakingIrene after the last post she wrote. I agree for us not to be polite to scammers,but becoming offensive about someones culture saddened me.

Saying you "can smell the curry" isn't offensive. If the shoe fits... They eat a lot of curry in a lot of places, India for example. If someone said, "In an American accent so think, you could smell the pizza and cheeseburgers" I would have a good chuckle. It wouldn't even OCCUR to me to be offended. If you think that Indians would be offended by "curry", I think that is more derogatory about their culture than mentioning they eat curry. It's like you're saying Indians have filthy tempers and can't take a joke.

kikiandkyle Posted 25 Feb 2013 , 1:05am

Honestly, when I read it I found it a little offensive. I didn't say anything at the time because I didn't want to start an argument. Maybe it's because I'm an immigrant myself, or because I have many Indian friends who I know would be offended by that comment. It's not equal to saying an American smells of pizza and cheeseburgers, it's more than that. 

jennicake Posted 25 Feb 2013 , 1:29am
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Saying you "can smell the curry" isn't offensive. If the shoe fits... They eat a lot of curry in a lot of places, India for example. If someone said, "In an American accent so think, you could smell the pizza and cheeseburgers" I would have a good chuckle. It wouldn't even OCCUR to me to be offended. If you think that Indians would be offended by "curry", I think that is more derogatory about their culture than mentioning they eat curry. It's like you're saying Indians have filthy tempers and can't take a joke.

An American of Indian descent can have a thick Indian accent.  An Indian person without an accent can also eat curry.  It honestly was an offensive comment, though I am sure BakingIrene did not mean it to be.

Annabakescakes Posted 25 Feb 2013 , 2:29am

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An American of Indian descent can have a thick Indian accent.  An Indian person without an accent can also eat curry.  It honestly was an offensive comment, though I am sure BakingIrene did not mean it to be.

I am sorry I was mistaken and you were offended.

I really don't get offended, I consider the source, unless it is nit-picking. I hate a nit picker! I value free speech too much. Even hate speech is protected under the first amendment.

AZCouture Posted 25 Feb 2013 , 3:05am

Not to continue the current (derailment? distraction? eh whatever) but I just looooooove when the overseas telemarketers give such obviously fake names. John Wilson? Margaret Smith? Rebecca? Mark? Ok right, my butt! Do they think it makes us take them seriously, like we think they're calling from the states, as if it makes a difference? I really laugh at it out loud. 

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