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    Default Warning: A scammer responding to WTB posts

    Here's the message I got (and replace "Japanese large Broad nib" with anything else you have a WTB)

    Quote Originally Posted by mattew124212
    Hey i do have the Japanese large Broad nib pen for sale at a cheaper price. Let me know if you're interested... kindly email me at andrewmarcus 231111 at aol dot com
    I played along, sent email, asked for pics/prices. Get a response for $380 and a picture of Pilot Broad nib plastic rollerball pen

    What an idiot; can't even do a good job at fraud

    Figured other may have received this too, so just wanted to share.




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    Default Re: Warning: A scammer responding to WTB posts

    Username is "mattew124212"


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    Default Re: Warning: A scammer responding to WTB posts

    Yup, got a message from him as well.
    We'll see if he actually sends pics. Could be good for a laugh

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    Default Re: Warning: A scammer responding to WTB posts

    This has happened before on FPG. Never respond to any new "member" who sends you an email address saying they have the item you want.
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    Default Re: Warning: A scammer responding to WTB posts

    Just a heads up, a user with the name HHOLAACH and using the email XXXXX sent almost exactly the same message in response to my want ad so, if you are looking for something, be diligent.

    EDIT: Did think before I posted so deleted the email
    Last edited by Aurelius; October 25th, 2020 at 08:52 PM.

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    Default Re: Warning: A scammer responding to WTB posts

    Quote Originally Posted by Aurelius View Post
    Just a heads up, a user with the name HHOLAACH sent almost exactly the same message in response to my want ad so, if you are looking for something, be diligent.
    It's probably better if you don't post their email address link as it might encourage some to click on it unwisely.
    Last edited by Chrissy; October 26th, 2020 at 03:03 AM.
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    Default Re: Warning: A scammer responding to WTB posts

    Yeah I got a contact from a user with 0 posts and a response that didn't quite make sense in context. Definitely ignoring.

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    Default Re: Warning: A scammer responding to WTB posts

    Chrissy Thanks, I deleted it from my message but, unfortunately, it is still in your message where you quoted me.

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    Default Re: Warning: A scammer responding to WTB posts

    There's no danger in an email address unless you actually send mail to it, in which case the only danger is that they then have your email address and can potentially send you mail you don't want.

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    Default Re: Warning: A scammer responding to WTB posts

    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Juul View Post
    There's no danger in an email address unless you actually send mail to it, in which case the only danger is that they then have your email address and can potentially send you mail you don't want.
    Or hack your entire email system.
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

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    Default Re: Warning: A scammer responding to WTB posts

    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Juul View Post
    There's no danger in an email address unless you actually send mail to it, in which case the only danger is that they then have your email address and can potentially send you mail you don't want.
    Or hack your entire email system.
    I would be interested in knowing how you would propose to do that.

    Also, with all due respect, I'm not sure what you mean by "entire" either. Most people use a commercial, professionally maintained, system which is not easily compromised. Certainly not by any "malicious" email. I use one of my own servers for SMTP and let a commercial service take care of POP, but regardless of how you set it up, any vulnerability in postfix or dovecot or whatever email server is running, is not easy to compromise. It's certainly not as easy as "hack your entire email system" - whatever that means. As for the computer running the email client, don't give away your passwords.

    PS: I really don't want to start an argument derailing the thread, but you seemed so sure in that comment that I just had to respond. Perhaps also you know a lot about the security of email systems and are way beyond me in the understanding of them - in which case I welcome your reasoned and knowledgeable response.

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    Default Re: Warning: A scammer responding to WTB posts

    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Juul View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Juul View Post
    There's no danger in an email address unless you actually send mail to it, in which case the only danger is that they then have your email address and can potentially send you mail you don't want.
    Or hack your entire email system.
    I would be interested in knowing how you would propose to do that.

    Also, with all due respect, I'm not sure what you mean by "entire" either. Most people use a commercial, professionally maintained, system which is not easily compromised. Certainly not by any "malicious" email. I use one of my own servers for SMTP and let a commercial service take care of POP, but regardless of how you set it up, any vulnerability in postfix or dovecot or whatever email server is running, is not easy to compromise. It's certainly not as easy as "hack your entire email system" - whatever that means. As for the computer running the email client, don't give away your passwords.

    PS: I really don't want to start an argument derailing the thread, but you seemed so sure in that comment that I just had to respond. Perhaps also you know a lot about the security of email systems and are way beyond me in the understanding of them - in which case I welcome your reasoned and knowledgeable response.
    Many of my contacts have had their emails hacked. Some, multiple times. The scammers then have not only their original address, but every address in their contacts list.

    This is not a good thing. So I would urge caution in sending any response to an unknown email address.
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

    And my other blog is a tumblr!


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    Default Re: Warning: A scammer responding to WTB posts

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    This has happened before on FPG. Never respond to any new "member" who sends you an email address saying they have the item you want.
    Thanks,
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    Default Re: Warning: A scammer responding to WTB posts

    It's a jungle out there!
    Quid rides? Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur. — Horace
    (What are you laughing at? Just change the name and the joke’s on you.)

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    Default Re: Warning: A scammer responding to WTB posts

    I dealt with him as well. A real scammer. . . beware

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    Default Re: Warning: A scammer responding to WTB posts

    He has messaged me too, now he is mikewill4575696060

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    Default Re: Warning: A scammer responding to WTB posts

    I've received two messages already about my WTB thread...

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    Default Re: Warning: A scammer responding to WTB posts

    I bet he doesn't want to buy that Mont Blanc yellow ink that's been in the sale section for a year.

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