One Email, Many Perfumes, Which Is The Scam?

The following emails, which one of my readers forwarded onto me today, details a rather alarming potential scam involving perfume.

Read on and you would be forgiven for thinking that the contents of the email are rather disturbing, especially for women.

However, it has no basis in fact.

A quick search of the net finds that there are no such reported cases.

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It turns out that the emails themselves are nothing more than an email hoax.

1. From a concerned friend:

It was about 3 weeks ago, I was at the Shell station getting petrol.

It was about 11:50 pm. I was approached by 2 men and 2 women in a car.

The man that was driving asked me ‘What kind of perfume do you wear?’ I was a bit confused and I asked him “why?” He said ‘We are selling some name brand perfumes, at cheap prices.’

I said I had no money. He then reached out of the car and handed me paper that was laminated; it had many perfumes on it. I looked quickly at it and gave it back. I said, I have no money.

He said it is OK, we take cheques , cash or credit cards. Then the people in the car began to laugh. I just got in my car and said no thanks.

2. Dear Friends:

I am hoping you will share this with your wives, daughters, mother, sisters, etc. Our world seems to be getting crazier by the day. Pipe bombs in mailboxes and sickos in parking lots with perfume. Be careful. I was approached yesterday afternoon around 13:30 pm in a car park by two males who asked what kind of perfume I was wearing. Then they asked if I’d like to sample some fabulous scent they were willing to sell me at a very reasonable rate I probably would have agreed had I not received an e-mail some weeks ago warning of a ‘Wanna smell this neat perfume?’ scam.

Someone walks up to you at the malls or in parking lots and asking you to SNIFF PERFUME that they are selling at a cheap price.

THIS IS NOT PERFUME…IT IS ETHER! When you sniff it, you’ll pass out. They’ll take your wallet, your valuables and heaven knows what else.

The men continued to stand between parked cars, I guess to wait for someone else to hit on.

I stopped a lady going towards them, pointing at them and told her about how I was sent an e-mail at work. If it were not for this e-mail, I probably would have sniffed the ‘PERFUME’ but thanks to the generosity of an e-mailing friend, I was spared whatever might have happened to me.

I wanted to do the same for you.

PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO ALL YOUR WOMEN FRIENDS AND PLEASE BE ALERT AND BE AWARE.

IF YOU ARE A MAN AND RECEIVE THIS, PASS IT ON TO YOUR WOMEN AND FRIENDS!

Thanks for reading this mail.

Well, at least I hope it isn’t real.

If it is… be wise to it!

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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