Dr Moses Coleman Nigeria Scammer

The scammers are getting smart, some are beginning to create fake Yahoo accounts and calling themselves doctors (like Dr. Moses Coleman) to target chiropractic classified ads posted, in hopes of separating you from your money. This morning I received two separate e-mails from chiropractors receiving replies to equipment for sale advertisements they had placed, both were from the same individual, and they were both scams. The initial contact began like this… How are you doing? Am writing you in regards to your posting on here and i’m interested in buying the item for one of my cousins.I want to know […]

Typical Scammer Email Sequence

If you’ve ever posted a classified advertisement online for an item for sale, chances are you’ve received e-mails from faraway places, from individuals that are planning to defraud you of your items and/or money. That’s not to say that fraud doesn’t also occur locally, it does, but there are typical patterns that take place in common overseas scams. US sellers are typically the targets of such scams, and unfortunately they are often times quite effective, since enough people fail the “if it sounds too good to be true” test, to make the scam worth the effort. The most common target […]

Thank you to everyone that has been making use of the chiropractic classifieds on Planet Chiropractic. I got some really good feedback from chiropractors that have been using the system nearly 10 years while I was attending the CCA Parker Seminar event in San Diego. Work is regularly done on the classified ad system but it’s not something users usually notice, that’s about to change. Modifications that are expected to be live by June of this year include improved browser compatibilities, improvements over the scaling and display of uploaded image files, and several modifications in database functions. Most users rarely […]

Maria Wendy (unlikely this scammers real name) has been added to the list of individuals attempting to con sellers of chiropractic equipment (and very likely sellers on other classified ad websites too) selling ads via the chiropractic classifieds section of Planet Chiropractic. Using the┬áRediffmail account┬ámariawendy@rediffmail.com, this user contacted chiropractors posting items like chiropractic adjusting tables, with a template email. I’m sharing it here so anyone searching to see if they are potentially being scammed can know this is fraud. Here’s the first email… – – – – – Hello, I came across your ad and I’ll like to know the […]

I’ve joked that I’ve posted on this subject 1000 times, but I’ll post 1000 more, if it helps educate people using classified advertisement websites. It’s the Internet, and scammers are everywhere (but the community is kicking butt). Users of classified advertising websites, like the chiropractic classifieds by Planet Chiropractic, would love to believe that everyone they receive e-mails from can be trusted, but that’s not the case (that goes for any classified ad website). Here’s two of the latest e-mail accounts (along with IP addresses) that have proven to be fraudulent accounts run by scammers intent on separating people from […]

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By Michael Dorausch, D.C. Did you know that photographs placed in classified advertising posts results in far greater views of those posts? Imagine shopping for a preowned car on a classified ad site, and not getting to see any photos, those advertisements don’t get much action. The same goes for major auction sites. I can’t even recall the last time I visited an auction site that didn’t include at least one photograph related to the item being sold. The same rule applies for chiropractic classified ads, if you include photographs, you’re going to increase significantly the amount of viewers looking […]

Selling My Sexy Red Dress

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. This may seem like the oddest title ever for a classified advertising related scam post, but when you see the e-mails chiropractors selling x-ray equipment and adjusting tables were receiving yesterday, you’ll maybe understand why I chose this title. No, I don’t have a sexy red dress for sale, but I’ve taken more than my share of photographs of women wearing them. Being a photographer has its privileges. When you’re done looking at the blonde woman in the red dress, look back over here so I can share the rest of this post with you. It’s […]

Response To Your ITEM Posted For Sale

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. I woke up to a forwarded e-mail this morning from a chiropractor that was contacted by someone inquiring about a piece of chiropractic equipment he had listed for sale. I’m thankful he quickly forwarded the e-mail to me so that the sender’s information could be investigated. While I’ve covered this topic in what feels like thousands of times before, I don’t expect the practice is ever going to go away completely, so I’ll continue to post reminders now and then. Bottom line: always be weary of those contacting you online regarding equipment for sale, this is […]

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Classified Ad Email Address Tips

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. For quite some time now, it has been the policy on planet chiropractic, that users of the chiropractic classified ad system don’t include their e-mail address in the body of their ads. The reasoning behind this was that scammers, scrapers, and con artists, were grabbing those e-mails and contacting unsuspecting chiropractors. For the most part, the filter that we’ve put in place, has worked just fine. Even better, the majority of users know better than to post their e-mail addresses (for all the world to see) within the body of advertisements. I wouldn’t recommend that on […]

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. Been a while since we’ve had a classified advertising scam update. Thankfully, the community has really gotten awesome in spotting fraud and has been seriously kicking butt on emailing updates likety split. Not long ago a chiropractor received an email from someone claiming to be a financial officer at a bank in Lumpur. Looked and smelled like a scam and the IP address used was from an AT&T account in the USA. Great job by the chiropractor for spotting and forwarding it on to me. I like when I get informed with info like this since […]