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    scammy sounding email

    This just popped up in my inbox and I'm wondering if anybody else has gotten it too. I'll attach the two images that were attached to the email I received. I'm suspicious of this for several reasons:

    1) No brand or website listed. They just say I can order it on Amazon at their store, but don't give the store name. Alarm bells start ringing when I see that.

    2) They offer to send it free for review and then I can keep it? Somehow I would order it and then get refunded the price. Uh-huh, sure. Again, alarm bells ringing.

    3) I did a reverse image search and couldn't find the pillow, but did find the hammock...sort of. The images I found are labeled as equip brand hammock and it's a different color but the exact same background, so probably edited. I assume at this point that the images are just lifted from somewhere else.

    4) I note that running a whois check on the email domain for foxmail.com finds that it's owned by someone in China.

    Text of the email I received is below. I think this is a scam. If it's not a scam it's terrible advertising and deserves derision.

    ----------begin cross-posted text------------

    Hi,

    Good day!
    We're a camping gears seller from Amazon. We now have a new design camping inflatable pillow and camping hammock. See attachments please.
    May I ask if you're interested in reviewing one please? If yes, will be glad to send you one free! You can place an order on our Amazon store directly, and we will refund you the amount via PayPal, and will cover the fee.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely
    Jose
    <[email protected]>


    Pillow-New.png Camping hammock.jpg
    Last edited by sidneyhornblower; 04-19-2019 at 14:12.

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    I get stuff like that often and send it straight to spam!

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    Jose doesn't seem to care about the agreement he made with Amazon as a "gears seller". Directly from Amazon:

    "...here are a few examples of reviews that we don't allow:

    A product brand posts a review of their own product
    A customer posts a review in exchange for cash, a free or discounted product, a gift certificate, or a discount off a future purchase provided by a third party
    A customer posts a review in exchange for entry into a contest or sweepstakes or membership in a program
    A customer posts a review of a game in exchange for bonus in-game content or credits
    A relative, close friend, business associate, or employee of the product creator posts a review to help boost sales
    A customer posts a review of the product after being promised a refund in exchange for the review
    A seller posts negative reviews about a competitor's product
    An author posts a positive review about a peer's book in exchange for receiving a positive review from the peer"

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    Go directly to "junk folder". Do not pass go or collect $200. .

    I'm sure a few people will fall for the scam. Happens every time.
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    Looks like a short hammock and an uncomfortable pillow for a hammock anyway...

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    It's getting to the point I no longer answer my phone or open 95% of the emails I receive.My position now is that if I don't personally know the person emailing me I won't open the mail.Won't link a company site to order either for fear of phishing etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Five Tango View Post
    It's getting to the point I no longer answer my phone or open 95% of the emails I receive.My position now is that if I don't personally know the person emailing me I won't open the mail.Won't link a company site to order either for fear of phishing etc.
    I'm with Five Tango- If I don't know them it's straight to spam. The same goes for the phone-don't know the number/ no I.D.- I don't answer. If they won't leave a message/ voice mail it is just spam/ phishing sales or insurance call.

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    Come on! Where your adventure. That pillow looks as comfortable as a rock with those two extrusions one it.

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    If don’t blow the pillow up all the way and fold it around hour head the two round things could double as ear muffs. Hahaha

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    I also received this same email.
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