I got an inquiry on my horse, and I am like 99% sure it's a scammer. This is for sh*ts and giggles.
XX yo, XXX mare, XXX hh, XXX Picture
From: voke Skipo (email@example.com)
Sent: December 10, 2008 5:49:51 AM
I am Mr Voke, i came across your horse on the
internet and i like them so much.I am an art lover, I will like to buy
the horse i mentioned, so let me
know the price of the horse and some other information regarding it.
I hope to read from you soon regarding the price.
[I was suspicious, but figured eh, why not reply to them. I'll ask them questions, and see what kind of answers they come up with, hehehe.]
Subject: RE: 11 yo, Hanoverian X mare, 16.3 hh, Rhythm Divine Picture
Date: Wednesday, 10 December, 2008, 8:49 PM
We are asking $XXX. She has done XXX.
What kind of horse are you looking for?
Payment and shipping arrangement.
From: voke Skipo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sent: December 10, 2008 3:26:29 PM
Thanks alot for the response and i really appreciate for the more
information you notify me regarding the horse.
Well now in other for us to proceeds on this transaction and purchase
the horse (XXX) ($XXX) including the shippment fees.
I need to let you know where I am at the moment, am from Netherlands
and at the moment am in Holland where the horse is going to be shipped
Also am just an act Lover because i like anything about creativities and acts.
So now this the arrangement, i have a shipping company who am going to
reffered to you as the shipper who will come for the pickup of the
work at your location or in your studio, so now once i send out my
payment to you through check i shall email you to notify you and also
am going to add alittle excess funds inwhich after you recieve the
check the same day you shall transfer the remaining of the shippment
funds on the check to the shipping company same day in other for them
to come for the pickup at your location inwhich that shall be done
through Western Union Money Transfer near to you in other for them to
use for the shippment arrangement and pickup.
So now in other for me to send out the check to you i will want you to
email me back with all this below information inother for me to
proceeds on sending the check to you.
Name on Check;
Address on The Check;
Once i recieve all this information from you i shall proceeds
rightaway and i will issue out the check to you and i shall notify you
But in a case you think you want to speak with the shipping company
here is there email address where you can get contact with them Shipper01@yahoo.com and also if you feel like speaking with me as well
on phone regarding this arrangement here is my phone number as well.
+31644109163. Meanwhile in a case you have any chatting user name like
yahoo messanger or msn im or aol im where we can be meeting online and
be communicating online just kindly send me your user id so we can be
Hope to read from you as soon as possible.
An act/art lover? Um... yeah. Okay.. Hahaha... this is one of the poorest excuses for a scam I've ever seen, because yeah, I would negotiate the sale of my horse over msn... pfft. Lol
Last edited by Xpression; Jan. 24, 2009 at 10:23 PM.
Reason: sale horse specifics
it is a scam, you should really not reply.. there are a couple of scams associated with it i.e. cashiers checks and/or bugs attached to the e-mails.. be very very careful. certain web pages advertising horses for sale draw more of them then others, dreamhorse being one of them, and i cant tell you why so bad on that web page..
I hate to say it because I have a Yahoo e-mail acct also, but generally these guys use Yahoo because it's free. You should notify Yahoo that this is a fraudulent address. And good to post it also, exposure will help cut down this stuff.
Oh there are websites out there where people specialize in scamming the scammers and making them fax all sorts of documents and run up phone bills trying to call fictional numbers. It can go on for weeks! Just google Nigerian scam payback and get some giggles. I got a few of them when posting horse ads online but I never replied.
I believe it might have been 60 Minutes or 20/20 that warned against replying to emails like the one you received as they then "know" it is a valid email address even if you don't take the bait. Being in the telecom industry I may be overly paranoid, but there are hackers constantly "looking for a way in" all the time. Glad that you took it as a scam, but be careful who you respond to in the future so they don't hit you with a virus/worm and crash your email or computer.
It is such a shame that we live in such "warped" times. I keep saying that if those that spend their time on creating virus/worms, etc. could take that energy and put it towards something positive, we might just cure world hunger!