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I smell a scam

Intrepid_Chef

Legend Member
Silver Member
Nov 6, 2007
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So I got a contact me request from a person who claimed to want to place an order. I just replied with the website (because duh, they found my website.)

The person claimed to place a $279 order. But the broken English and the offer to write a check set off my Spidey Senses.

Thanks a lot for the reply,am so much happy? i was just going through
your Pampered chef.com and find some nice product that i will love to
order from you .. I will have ordered them from my former consultant
rep but she is died now and i really miss her,because she do
understand me ,honest and nice to me. I will love to make you my new
consultant Rep .if u don't mind. I will be mailing payment to you in
form of a check as i do not Have a Credit card or Debit card and i am
a deaf Woman so if you help me with this order kindly email me back
with the total price of the items. Below are the list of the items i
will like to order from you :
 

Intrepid_Chef

Legend Member
Silver Member
Nov 6, 2007
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Thinking that since I already stupidly replied (which gave this "person" my email address) that I could say "sorry, I don't accept out of state checks. If you want to go to the grocery store and get a $300 visa gift card, that could be easily done."
 
Aug 5, 2017
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I got a similar email, and I cheerfully replied that though I didn't take paper checks, I'd be happy to take his payment electronically. Never heard another word. You were right to be alert!
 
Apr 25, 2016
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I contacted H.O. and they said to spam her on my email and contact the Federal Trade Commission via email to report the issue. Their email is [email protected]

I hope this helps other too.

April 2016....this is what I posted and see responces....
  1. I believe I just got one too.......where and how did they find me? Or is it?
  2. Pampered Chef [email protected] via bounce.mail.thepamperedchef.com
    Apr 5 (1 day ago)
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    Contact Me
    First Name Sender: sherry
    Last Name Sender: smith
    Sender EmailAddress : [email protected]
    Day Phone :
    Evening Phone :
    Cell Phone : (832) 930-3381
    Other Phone :
    Preferred Phone : Cell
    Best Time of Contact: morning
    Address 1 :
    Address 2 :
    Address 3 :
    City:
    State:
    zip:
    What brought you here? :
    Contact Reason:
    Message: I WANT TO ORDER !

    then this is what I sent her back:

    Alma Mejia <[email protected]>
    Apr 5 (1 day ago)
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    Hello Sherry, I would love to help you. Please give me a call at 916-719-2096 and I can help you with your order or you can just shop on my website at www.pamperedchef.biz/almas. If this is under someones show please let me know who it is and I can send you the link to give them credit.

    Happy shopping.

    If you have received this communication in error, or no longer wish to receive mail from me and products/information about The Pampered Chef, please notify me immediately to be removed from my mailing list.

    ALMA MEJIA
    Independent Consultant
    THE PAMPERED CHEF
    916-719-2096 (cell)

    Then back to me:

    AIbEiAIAAABDCOmf29rLmeijASILdmNhcmRfcGhvdG8qKGJhY2ZjOWE5NmJhYTQ1YzNmMWY5OTEzZGVmYTUzNTU1MWQwNWFlYjIwAdvCT3QXmILCxXmcItljPYSKWkV2

    sherry smith
    6:11 AM (5 hours ago)
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    I need you to place an Order for me and also want to be your new Customer, My Boss would mail you Check for the amount of the Pampered , the shipping fee and the tax as well since i don't operate CREDIT CARD and am a DEAF WOMAN. The table below illustrate my Order. The Check MUST arrive before placing my Order.

    Item Description Qty Retail Price Total Price
    kids cooking baking set 2 $64.50 $142.31
    RnNZfQn2o2xpggJQqefCOervMbPIci5mujDPJnvl43kv6Rtxjyh5gHN_JKVzeU-aaGz3pePFgxfoAAtZJZNx8mveVTc-11j98EfuAJVcumUenA=s0-d-e1-ft

    Note : Are the products all hand-packed ? Email me with your Full Name, Address and Cell Phone Nbr so that Check can be mail out asap and will it be shipped to me directly from Company ? My address will be included in the Check while

    Thk You

    Then me

    Alma Mejia <[email protected]>
    9:05 AM (2 hours ago)
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    to sherry, bcc: Cynthia (Cynthia is my line up, thought she needed to know)
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    Hello Sherry, is there a family member or a friend that could help you out with placing the order with a credit card?

    What is the address to where the items need to be shipped to? This will amend the your final price since shipping and tax need to be included.

    You can shop 24 hours a day/7 days a week directly on my website at www.PamperedChef.Biz/Almashappy shopping!

    Thank you for your attention and support.

    HELP - What to you think?

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  3. Alma
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    This could be starting again. Just got the info below. The last one like it was from Sasha Fox. I replied saying it is very easy to order directly from my website and to follow the online ordering instructions. I have not replied to this one, but I feel it is bogus, too. Did a search for the # and it is from Missouri. Definitely far from Ohio.
    First Name Sender: sherry
    Last Name Sender: smith
    Sender EmailAddress : [email protected]
    Day Phone :
    Evening Phone :
    Cell Phone :
    (281) 603-7061
    Other Phone :
    Preferred Phone :
    Cell
    Best Time of Contact: morning
    Address 1 :
    Address 2 :
    Address 3 :
    City:
    State:
    zip:
    What brought you here? :
    Contact Reason:
    Message:

    I WANT TO ORDER !
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  4. Hey I got the same person too just yesterday, what can/should we do? Where do they find this information at?

    I contacted H.O. and they said to spam her on my email and contact the Federal Trade Commission via email to report the issue. Their email is [email protected]. I hope this helps other too.

    Thanks.

    Last edited: Apr 6, 2017
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  • MyPamperedSelf
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    Totally get that it has all the signs of a scam...but I thought these scams worked with you depositing some overly huge amount in your account and then writing a check for the difference back to the person. (If they owe you $10 but send you a check for $110 and ask you to send the difference ($100) back.)

    In this the person is offering a money order - isn't that as good as cash in hand? What am I missing?

    Or are the phishing for address and personal info?
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  • MyPamperedSelf
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    NewThere are huge money order and cashiers checks scams out there. It will be returned and you are out double for the money order and the order you placed for them and shipped.
 

ShellBeach

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Sep 5, 2008
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Cell phone Ohio vs Missouri doesn't mean anything - lots of people move and keep their same cell number from a previous address.

This is an old scam, though. There are previous posts here on Chef Success about the money order/cashier check stuff.

Please report them to FTC!

Fake money orders & cashiers checks can easily be printed. Weeks later your bank will make you pay it back after the National Finance Center rejects it back to the bank.
https://www.thebalance.com/can-i-verify-funds-on-a-money-order-315048
 

Tenille V.

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May 16, 2015
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Also HO wants to know about scammers, so it's good to let them know about them as well. That's what I did for one that I got. And I have pretty much adopted a "no checks" rule from someone not associated with a party or other connection. Glad that your "spidey senses" went off!
 

ckpi

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Jun 5, 2005
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I just got two emails last week like this; one from Linda Dale and one from Kimberly Robert. I'm going through send them into HQ
 

mspibb

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I just got two emails last week like this; one from Linda Dale and one from Kimberly Robert. I'm going through send them into HQ
I just got one from Harris Dale. No phone , just a gmail email address.
“I want to orders from you!”
Really, you were on my website....duh....
 
Sep 2, 2019
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I just got the exact same email. It seemed fishy to me so I looked up the address I was given. It's a legit house but it didn't look very well taken care of. If someone could afford a $300 order then I think they could live in a better house. I just replied saying I don't take checks and to use a Visa gift card. We'll see what happens. I don't expect a reply.
 
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