By Michael Dorausch, D.C. Early this morning I was preparing for an awesome Wednesday at the office when I received an e-mail from a chiropractor questioning the validity of a reply he had for a piece of chiropractic equipment he was selling in the classifieds. On the surface the e-mail didn’t look quite as spammy and fraudulent as the many we’ve seen before, but it had all the key factors we see in classified advertising buyer scams. To confirm, I always perform a search on the IP address to see if any unusual activity is appearing on the website. In […]

Classifieds Ad Fraud Attempt Today

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. I was just about ready to finish my two months blogging vacation when some schmo replies to a posted classified ad with fraudulent looking questions. Hmpff! Fortunately, the chiropractor receiving the email was quick to stop the attempt of separating him from his xray item and he (the chiropractor) emailed me. Here we go, another scam artist to add to the list (especially for those of you webmasters maintaining classified ad websites), this time the name is Cesar Diego. ======== Hello seller, how are you doing today? Got hold of your ad about selling your item […]

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. I’m posting this in the hope that someone potentially getting scam by an overseas buyer will perform a search and find this persons info. It’s similar to the dozens of other scam emails I’ve seen over the years, only the names and email addresses change (and sometimes the IP address). Here is info on the latest… Helene Dido Sender IP: 172.162.176.115 Ad Headline: Traction Table Posted To: Chiropractic Classifieds Sender replied to a Chiropractic Classified with the following… hello i say you advert for sale and am willing to buy it i want you to give […]

Mr Osram Slam oceanltd2000 Scam

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. With a name like Osram Slam, you have to imagine the e-mail you received is a scam, at least they’ll people figure that out when they receive e-mails like this one here… —– Hello, My Name Is Mr Osram Slam. I Am Interested In Buying Your Item.And I Will Like To Know The Condition Of The Item With The Asking Price Including The Pics. I Will Be looking forward to hear from you Thanks Osram Slam Mr Osram Slam oceanltd2000@yahoo.com —– Sorry Mr. Slam, we’ve reported you as a scam. Thanks to a rapidly sent e-mail […]

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. If you have been reading Planet Chiropractic news the past few months you may be wondering what’s been going on with all the marathon related content. Actually, we’ve had marathon related content for about four years now, but there’s really been plenty of marathons taking place in the past few months. I love to run. Most people who know me know that I like to get out on the beach and run as a way to keep physically fit and mentally fit. I had been reminding myself that I’ve got to summarize some of the marathon […]

Nigerian Scammer Loaded Martins

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. As annoying as it may seem (I’m sure it’s no fun for you guys to see these posts over and over again) when scammers try to take advantage of chiropractic classifieds users, actually enjoy the satisfaction I get when we trace them down. Were not even done with the investigation on Martins Gilbert and already there is someone else using the name Martins in a scam noticed earlier this morning. What’s cool about this one as it doesn’t look like the scammer bothered to use a proxy (the last one was using AT&T out of Texas) […]

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. Here’s the latest scammer sending e-mails to chiropractors that have chiropractic classified ads posted. The same e-mail was sent to about a dozen individuals that have products or equipment for sale. I’ve already been contacted by at least half a dozen different chiropractors that received the below e-mail at different times in the day. Scammers watch out, the chiropractic community is kicking butt and taking names. The alias being used, and the company being used, is as follows… WOODLAND PROPERTY INVESTMENT/CONSULATANT <woodlandproperty@googlemail.com> Martins Gilbert Woodlandproperty@gmail.com Sender IP: 75.7.69.195 Here is the e-mail that is sent… Good […]

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. Add another name to your list of Scammers and Fraudsters, Mark Nicholas of the UK is emailing people in hopes of separating them from their money. Thankfully, the very active (love the emails sent our way) chiropractic classified advertising community came through this morning with multiple reports on suspected fraud and scams talking place. This morning 2 arrived from a Mark Nicholas (mark_nicho95@yahoo.co.uk) in the UK. This email differs from ones we’ve seen previously but it still comes from the same region (see Daniel Monday Scam Alert). It’s a form email sent to those posting Equipment […]

Ad for Lifevantage and Protandim

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. Here’s a great example of how miscommuinication involving the chiropractic classified ads system keeps ads from getting posted. More than a dozen advertisements per day are posted on Planet Chiropractic classifieds. That’s 12+ ads per day, 7 days a week, for the past 3,285+ days. Due to spam, 419 scams, fraud, and other suspicious activity, someone moderates each and every advertisement posted. Most webmasters I’ve spoken to follow a similar process. You can only moderate submissions using algorithms and tools to a certain extent, and most sites (forums, blogs, classifieds) involve an individual manually checking before […]

Daniel Monday Scam Alert

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. There is a chance you are reading this post because you’ve received an e-mail, by a person named Daniel Monday, who says they want to buy your stuff. After hosting chiropractic ads for the past 10 years, we’ve discovered that the same scammers visiting our website, go to many others as well. While these posts appear unimportant for our normal readers (my apologies) they’ve reportedly been very helpful in thwarting online scam activity. It’s been a productive weekend that the planet chiropractic office. We’ve been working on some upgrades to the classified ads system, in order […]

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