Sandbox forum: Have you been contacted by this person?

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Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
Feb 14, 2017 6:40 PM CST
I have received these 2 mails from somebody most likely from China.

When the first mail arrived, I checked his profile, but found no name, no country, no contributions to ATP, no info. at all, so I guessed he is one of the non-honest Chinese AliExpress seed sellers (blue rose seeds, etc.) and decided not to reply.

Today I received the second message - grrrr, how I dislike to be called 'dear friend' by an unknown person - and decided to make a search for 'Tropaeolum' at AliExpress. Some sellers offer T. tricolor, T. azureum and one of our yellow T. species, but listed under T. majus! I found it very funny that they even list shrubs and succulents as T. majus species (T. majus is native to Ecuador).

What would you do in my place? I think that if you do not receive a reply after 2 mails, you should know this person does not want to have anything to do with you - am I right?

Maybe @dave and/or @trish has something to say?

These are the messages I received:

Dec 19, 2016 12:52 AM EST
Dear friend,

Your tropaeolum is so beautiful !!!

Do you have any spare seeds for sharing ...


Best Regards,


Feb 14, 2017 7:48 AM EST
Dear Mutisia,

I didnot hear from you, not sure if you have receive my message, I have tropaeolum hybrid from my Japanese friends as well. And I grow some South African bulbs. If you are interest in it.we can exchange some seeds.

Thanks Best Regards

Edited for spelling
[Last edited by Mutisia - Feb 14, 2017 6:43 PM (+)]
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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Feb 14, 2017 7:55 PM CST Admin

My advice is that if you're not comfortable, just ignore the tree mails. You're under no obligation to ever respond to a mail from anyone.
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
Feb 14, 2017 8:16 PM CST
Thanks, Dave!

If the sender is an active NGA member, I have no problems (even when I have to say I do no longer grow a certain plant, etc.), but in this case, I have the feeling this person joined NGA only to get free seeds. I love sharing what I have, but I want my seeds to go to real gardeners.

I am still curious to find out if other members have received this kind of requests.

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