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Old 11-15-2010, 09:47 AM
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Possible Phishing

Hi Everyone,I recieved this message and responded to it before I realized that we don't have headmasters here and that the return address had the guy's name in it.
I suspect a request for money and a lot of spam from Kenya, which I hope will be the worst of it.

Peter

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Hi,
My name is Dick Hedges from Kenya. I have a Daewoo Cielo that has of late been giving me irregular oil level readings (empty to overfull) from the dipstick, whether the engine is hot or cold and even if I take multiple readings over over a space of time (10 mins.) This also happens whether I add oil or not. I found your question on the blog about oil levels through Google, and I was wondering if you could help me.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:04 AM
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Hi Everyone,I recieved this message and responded to it before I realized that we don't have headmasters here and that the return address had the guy's name in it.
I suspect a request for money and a lot of spam from Kenya, which I hope will be the worst of it.

Peter

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This is the message:
Hi,
My name is Dick Hedges from Kenya. I have a Daewoo Cielo that has of late been giving me irregular oil level readings (empty to overfull) from the dipstick, whether the engine is hot or cold and even if I take multiple readings over over a space of time (10 mins.) This also happens whether I add oil or not. I found your question on the blog about oil levels through Google, and I was wondering if you could help me.
Regards,
Dick Hedges
Nairobi, Kenya
I would look up 'Dick's' profile and probably respond and see what happens.

To me, it doesn't seem like a 'Kenyan pigeon drop' just yet.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:26 AM
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Thanks, It appears he joined today, 11-15-2010. He may be legit. It is just that Kenya does not have a good reputation and my NY roots make me suspicious.
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:26 PM
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It's cheaper to mail me a cheque in Canada than Kenya remember. Possibly an ex nigerian? I see his request as a qualifier. Oil levels in general will not do what he claims his is.

Our banks call centre is in India I verified. Some of our information obviously got out.Last week watched my wife run the scammers silly. They even found the credit cards numbers given would not work.

Of course not as my wife gave them imaginary ones. Then she sent them to one place to pick up the western union money. I heard her explaining to them the money was not there of course because they went to the wrong place. Trying to comply she sent them to another.

Their last call was interesting when my wife told them not to pick on guillabile older ladies. Her bank will not verify information is getting out of their call centre over there but it is. There is no other way I can concieve of someone in india having the information they did.

These scammers will have a certain amount of success in my opinion and the bank might have to cover some of it. The difficulty will be proving the information is getting out of the call centres of the bank. No proof no case.
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Old 11-15-2010, 01:27 PM
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Headmaster is the guys registered Peach Parts name. he shows zero posts.
He should just start a thread and ask the question in a normal fashion, not send a PM to one of the members like he did.

Looks kind of fishy.

then he just might be a nice guy that has some money he wants to place in your bank account for safe keeping............................NOT.


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Old 11-15-2010, 01:33 PM
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I get requests like this all the time.
as long as you respond in PM, you should be safe. don't send your email address out... spam sucks.
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Old 11-15-2010, 03:28 PM
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I sent it to

headmaster @ PeachParts Mercedes ShopForum" <dckhedges@gmail.com>

from the heading I believe it went through PeachParts.
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Old 11-15-2010, 06:01 PM
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FYI

Issues like this, that may impact the forum should be brought to the attention of webmaster@peachparts.com as soon as possible.
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Old 11-15-2010, 06:08 PM
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I did send the information on using the "Contact Us" button on the bottom of the page. Does this link go to the webmaster? If not I'll send it on.
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Old 11-15-2010, 06:36 PM
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I did send the information on using the "Contact Us" button on the bottom of the page. Does this link go to the webmaster? If not I'll send it on.
Yes it does.

He will investigate..
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:28 PM
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It's a shame the internet has come to this. I used to be an ISP and I remember the biggest scam was "get rich selling information"! In fact, that's about all that was for sale on ebay when it first started. Buy a doc on how to post and sell the same doc. Wash rinse and repeat.

I'll be curious to see how quick the new Facebook "communication" app becomes a spambucket.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:55 PM
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Hard to say

His question could be legit. He's asking an automotive question and this is an automotive forum.
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