Roses forum: Scam Alert!!!

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Dec 14, 2012 8:26 AM CST
There's a scam email running around from "Rogue Valley Roses" stating that they're stuck in England and need $$ to get back to the US. It's a definite scam and a very common one at they. Do not respond to the email!!! I promise it's a scam. It's too early to be calling them but I will call them to let them know that their email distribution list has been compromised. Here's the email I got:

Hello, How are you doing? Am writing you this mail in distress, l have been all handicap, I am sorry that I didn’t inform you about my traveling to England for a Seminar to expand my business idea prior to the upcoming season sales. I need a favor from you as soon as you receive this e-mail, I was proposed to be coming back home Tomorrow immediately after the seminar, but on my way back to my hotel, I was attacked and robbed, my mobile phone and all the cash I had was stolen. Luckily for me I still have my passport with me which I left in my hotel room before. But right now the hotel management has collected all to that am owning unless I have my bills cleared, I have been to the Embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all, at the moment I am stranded, I can't pay my bills, Could you please help me with £3000 (GB)British Pounds which is about 4,730.51 USD to enable me pay my bills and fly back home tomorrow as scheduled, As soon as I get back I would refund it immediately. Am sending you this email in agony and tears. I hope to have your response shortly. Regards Rogue Valley Roses

This is a direct cut/paste. It is not a legit email so do not fall for it!!
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Dec 14, 2012 10:10 AM CST
Their email has been hacked, the password will have been changed. The exact same thing happened to me; it creates quite a mess, but I can't believe anyone would fall for it. The hacker doesn't even have a good grasp of English!
Porkpal
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Skiekitty
Dec 14, 2012 10:40 AM CST
PPal - You'd be surprised as to how many people actually DO fall for it. I know of one person who thought something very similar was legit & asked my advice... and I told my parents that before respond to ANYTHING like this, PLEASE call me to verify!!
Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Dec 14, 2012 5:46 PM CST

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I got one of those too. I should say I've received several, all allegedly from friends, although never from friends even close enough to expect a dime from me. Also, as Porkpal pointed out, no English speaker would say "I have been all handicap" or initial cap "Seminar" and "Police." These scammers are so obviously foreign.
Name: melva wheeler
texas
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melva
Dec 26, 2012 5:36 PM CST
I got one of those emails too..I wrote to RVR and told them about it. What I found amusing was their useage of Rogue Valley Roses as a personal name instead of a name for a business.
Janet wrote and thanked me for telling them about it.
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Dec 26, 2012 6:35 PM CST

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Hi, Melva. Great to see you. Merry Christmas and all that!
Name: melva wheeler
texas
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Roses I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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melva
Dec 26, 2012 10:26 PM CST
Thanks Zuzu, the same to you.

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