The smelly perfume scam

My mom sent me this email today and I think it’s worth reading and spreading the word.

This is something that happened to Ryan and me on the way back from Texas last spring. I didn’t think much of it until now. The reason we were a little suspicious is we had been riding in a jeep all day with 100 degree temps and we stopped at a truck stop for something to drink. When I was leaving a young girl followed me out and asked what kind of cologne I was wearing? Well after 7 hours in a car sweating. I don’t think you could tell I was or was not wearing any cologne. We just got in the jeep and said no thanks. So this does happen.

> To all my female friends:
It was about 3 weeks ago, I was at the shell station in Auburn getting gas. It was about 11:30 p.m. 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 a 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 then said it is OK, we take check, cash, or credit cards. Then the people in the car began to laugh. I just got in my car and said no thanks.

Then I received this e-mail yesterday, and it sent chills up my spine.
Please read this. It is not a joke. -Wendy McGee

Here is the e-mail that I was sent:

Dear Friends:I know not all of you are women that I am sending this to, but I am hoping you will share this with your wives, daughters, mothers, sisters, etc.

Our world seems to be getting crazier by the day. Pipes bombs in mailboxes and sickos in parking lots with perfume. Be careful!
I was approached yesterday afternoon around 3:30 pm in the Wal-Mart parking lot at University Drive (Des Moines), by two males, asking 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 email some weeks ago, warning of a “Wanna smell this neat perfume?” scam.

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, pointed at them, and told her about how I was sent a e-mail at work about someone walking 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. And they’ll take your wallet, your valuables, and heaven knows what else.

If it were not for this e-mail, I probably would! have sniffed the “perfume.” But thanks to the generosity of an emailing friend, I was spared whatever might have happened to me. I wanted to do the
same for you.

Ladies this happened to me yesterday and I didn’t smell the perfume either, thanks to this email! This is true! Believe me, I know! I was over by Big Lots in the parking lot at lunch time when I was approached. So either day or night, it does not matter. There were 3 guys together when I was approached. I called the police when I got back to my desk. Like the email says above, LET EVERYONE KNOW ABOUT THIS. YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, COWORKERS, who ever. It helped me.
The first thing that popped in my head was this email warning.

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3 Responses to “The smelly perfume scam”

  1. nertles says:

    putting your fears to rest…
    one reassuring thing about scary emails like this is that they are almost always not true.

  2. sarahmadson says:

    Re: putting your fears to rest…
    Thanks for letting me know! It did sort of sound silly when I read it the first time.

  3. Anonymous says:

    heh, but rest assured ether will knock you out. so you should pay some heed, lest you wake up staring at God’s beautiful sky with less feeling in your pockets.

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