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Thread: Anonymous "Gift Horse"...Suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JabezRose View Post
    Anyone can sign up for QB and find out that someone needs a machine, use it as a way to possibly scam the person that needs one. Many here have said, "Hit delete". Sounds like good advice to me. We are not safe on QB from scammers although I would like to believe everyone on here is truthfull and can be trusted. Be wise.
    I was thinking, well what's the harm. But you make a very good point and I have to agree with you. Thanks for the insight, I hadn't looked at it that way.

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    The fact that this person said don't tell Nato makes me VERY suspicious.
    Delete = ignore, something about this doesn't pass the smell test.

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    If there's a stalker out there who want's to buy us quilting gifts, count me in :-)

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    I would reply with the model, serial number, store, website, phone number - and enjoy the suspense. Also any gadget that goes along with it that you would like. Then sit back and enjoy life. Consider it like a lottery ticket, you have a chance that it can be for "real".

    After posting the reply, I would unfriend this person on facebook. The message didn't ask for personal stuff, but hey, we put out info for sweepstakes, giveaways, and buy online using credit cards all the time. And a stalker who buys quilting stuff? Well, that is weird>
    Last edited by nhweaver; 10-03-2012 at 04:52 AM.
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    I do not belong to Facebook and this thread has strengthened my decision. It would be like a stranger in the bedroom.....chills........

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    I've always believed that if you have to wonder about a decision, then the answer is definitely to not do it. HIT DELETE!!!!!!

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    Have you been doing some shopping or research on quilt frames via the computer ? Some times this will start the weird e/mails. I checked Kelly's Bluebook to see what my car was valued at-now I'm getting mail from Anonymous who is so sorry that my car is costing me so much in continual repairs and knowing my plight is going to buy me the car of my dreams-? Well I love my 99 Olds she's never given me any trouble all her parts are original and I get 28mpg in town and 32 on the highway So I already have my Dream car---...--- DELETE ---...---all'' its to good to be true''scams

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    I would not answer unless you make a 'new' account also and answer there. You could be put on spam list,and it's odd to me that they mention stalker. Really I would just put this thing in my mind as a potential scam and delete without another thought. If you want DH to know that frame info, print off a picture along with where it can be found and put it in an obvious place that he will see. Maybe he's trying to get that info for Christmas present so you can be surprised. A third party is not a welcome thought.

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    Agreed! Why take un-necessary risks? Especially on FB!

    Quote Originally Posted by Vicki W View Post
    Then the safest thing to do is not reply and delete this "person" as a facebook "friend"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daylesewblessed View Post
    I don't know much about Facebook, but if this person is a "friend", can you go to their page and learn more about them to solve the mystery? If not, I would ignore the request for information completely. If the request is legitimate, they will find another way to contact you and be up front about who they are.

    Dayle, the account they messaged me with is bogus, and without them telling me who they are, there isn't a way to get any more info.

    the way the wrote the message makes me think I know them.

    i have not added them as a friend on that account, and they haven't messaged me since September 27th when they sent the 1st message.
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    I say, if people want to be "cutesy", fine, let them be cutesy some where else, delete. If it is someone you know, and they are sincerely wanting to ask you something, then let them ask you in person or on the phone. Delete!
    Yooper32 aka: Donna B

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    Nato is a computer programmer. He knows how to search through browser history to find my frame. I go to its site and look at it a few times every week.

    Quote Originally Posted by ArtsyOne View Post
    I'm with the others - provide no information, block the person and adjust your settings to highest privacy. If by some chance Nato asked someone to find out what type of frame you want, and he's just pretending he knows nothing about it, then both he and the other person will find that asking you directly is the best policy.

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    If they really know me in real life, it is cause I've had several stalkers before.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toni C View Post
    I would not answer unless you make a 'new' account also and answer there. You could be put on spam list,and it's odd to me that they mention stalker. Really I would just put this thing in my mind as a potential scam and delete without another thought. If you want DH to know that frame info, print off a picture along with where it can be found and put it in an obvious place that he will see. Maybe he's trying to get that info for Christmas present so you can be surprised. A third party is not a welcome thought.

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    How did this anonymous person post on your Facebook if you had not confirmed him/her as a friend? Seems kind of weird to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtsyOne View Post
    I'm with the others - provide no information, block the person and adjust your settings to highest privacy. If by some chance Nato asked someone to find out what type of frame you want, and he's just pretending he knows nothing about it, then both he and the other person will find that asking you directly is the best policy.
    I couldn't agree more! This doesn't sit well with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nstitches4u View Post
    How did this anonymous person post on your Facebook if you had not confirmed him/her as a friend? Seems kind of weird to me.
    You DO NOT have to be someone's friend on Facebook to send them a private message.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuilterMomOf3 View Post
    On Sept. 27th, 2012, I received the following message on Facebook (I'm pretty sure I know the person...) & Nato is my husband:

    "hey u up?
    • i know this is weird but i want to know how much your quilt frame costs that you want. Dont tell nato that you got this random message though please. i want to stay anonymous

    • well you must be asleep. I created this account to find out the info i needed. i hope you dont think its a random stalker account."



    As I said before, I'm pretty sure I know them, but they said they made the account strictly to ask me that info, but they created the Facebook account on August 22nd, 2012, and didn't contact me until September 27th, 2012.

    I didn't tell anyone but my husband about the quilt frame until after September 1st, 2012...
    If you didn't tell anyone else about the quilt frame but your husband then how do you suppose 'someone else' knows about it? If you are sure he is not behind it and neither of you have said anything to anyone else, I would be extremely concerned as to how someone else got this info.

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    Remember just recently on here the lady that used a member for free stuff. I do not think I would answer
    A friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you anyway.

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    Please be careful and let us know what you find out about the mystery.
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    Scary. You can't be too careful. It probably is someone you know though. If you reply ask them to give you their identity.

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    Hi,

    I am new on here, so I absolutely know it was not me; however, I truly would like to share something with you.

    A few years ago now, and when I was still a shapely, before getting sick lady, I was persuaded to go on one of the match.com sites. Well I signed in....but never accepted a date, nor went anywhere with anyone. I just went on there and read about the people. Let's just say it was informing.

    Then a year or so after not having been on the site in forever and a day, I received a huge package from FED EX addressed to me. It was sometime around my birthday. Since it was addressed to me at my address, I did open it to find a bright pink trimmed in black, down filled, what I knew as a car coat or 3/4 length coat in just the size I was currently wearing at the time. I asked everyone I could think of if they sent this to me, and if it was for my birthday? No one, I mean ABSOLUTELY NO ONE, I COULD EVEN THINK OF KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS COAT, the company it came from nor why anyone would have sent it to me. My daughter called the company, but because she was not me, they couldn't tell her anything about it. So, I called the company that sent it, and I told them the whole story. I found out it was charged on a credit card, but they refused to tell me anything else. All, I could think of someone's stolen credit card has paid for this and I am going to be pulled into something I had no knowledge nor part of, and I am not going to jail. So, I called the company back and told them, I was boxing up this coat since, no one knew anything of it, I was not going to keep this coat and go to jail for anyone. That I felt this was a scam and someone's credit card was being misused and I couldn't have this on my back. The lady said she would have to go talk to her supervisor. Then I began to type a letter naming the lady I was speaking to on the phone and the whole story, printed it out, put the coat back in the plastic bag with the letter, sent the box with my daughter to work where I paid through her to have this shipped back to the company, and I haveheard nothing more. But I can sleep better, knowing I didn't take something that wasn't truly given to me.

    After all this...Just be careful, that is all I can tell you.
    B

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    At least tell them you have to know who they are or you will unfriend them and have no contact. IF it is someone you actually know, give them the info if they want to get it for you, be happy and say thank you. Otherwise no more contact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by be a quilter View Post
    If you didn't tell anyone else about the quilt frame but your husband then how do you suppose 'someone else' knows about it? If you are sure he is not behind it and neither of you have said anything to anyone else, I would be extremely concerned as to how someone else got this info.

    i hadn't told anyone about it at the time they created the account. I had posted about it on multiple websites AFTER they created the account, BEFORE they messaged me.
    "Some people have bunches of WIPs (works in progress) and UFOs (unfinished objects)....I prefer to think of them as PhDs (Projects Half Done)!!" ~Elena Boen
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    if this is happening from facebook, you can block this person from accessing any of your info, or from contacting you. they can also be reported to facebook as a nuisance, suspicious, etc., and facebook will normally block them or cancel that account. that wouldn't stop them from setting up another account, though, and trying to friend you again. just be very careful about the info you put out there. i know that it's supposed to be a "social network", but it can be used by anybody to gather info and intrude into our lives. be sure to carefully screen who you friend--the world is full of predators and cons, who are happy to take advantage of us, and frighten us, just for fun.
    "life is a banquet, and most poor fools are out there, starving to death!"--"auntie mame"

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    As I used to explain to my 'kids': "There are good secrets and bad secrets." This one doesn't look good.

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