Please read this - it could save your life

@jazzsue58 (2672)
June 16, 2009 8:22am CST
I rarely post discussions, as no one reads them apart from a few close friends - but PLEASE read this. At first I thought I'd opened a scam, but it's not - it originated on a political mailing group I belong to, and since this was posted 3 other women have written in to say they were nearly had as well. I've just sent back a post saying the same. A few weeks ago, I was at a Sainsbury's in Essex and a nasty little Asian guy tried to get me to "test" a perfume. At the time I just sneered and suggested he use it on himself first because God, he STANK - now I know why. "Dear Friends: I know not all of you are women that I am sending this to, but am hoping you will share this with your wives, daughters, mothers, sisters, etc. Our world seems to be getting crazier by the day. Pipe bombs in mail boxes and sickos in parking lots with perfume. Be careful. I was approached yesterday afternoon around 5:30 PM in the ASDA carpark 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 very reasonable rate. I probably would have agreed had I not received an e-mail 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, pointing at them, and told her about how I was sent an e-mail at work about someone walking up to you at the malls or in carparks and asking you to SNIFF PERFUME that they are selling at a cheap price or at least compare to which one you like best. 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. 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." Guess they've moved on from cash machine fraud, huh?
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@MAllen400 (831)
16 Jun 09
Thank you so much for writing this. It is just awful yet it is so simple too. I dont know anyone who could resist having a sniff at it. I am going to warn my family about it and thank you so much. I am so glad you read that email before you went to smell it.
@jazzsue58 (2672)
16 Jun 09
If I'd known at the time, I'd have said: Hey, great idea! I'll just call my friend - she's in the store." And then: 999 (or 911) "Hallo, Police? I've just been attacked, please come to ..." Cos that's the only way to get the please involved in the UK - make out someone's just been murdered, rather than about to be.
16 Jun 09
that is so true. I am in England too. or perhaps "Fire"
@whizkid08 (715)
• India
16 Jun 09
Oh my God. Hail to their devilish minds!! This is really worth reading. I would surely convey it to everyone in my family. But really, no one would give a second thought before sniffing a perfume as most of us tend to like it and we would go for it. But not after reading this informative and alerting article!! Thanks a lot!
@jazzsue58 (2672)
16 Jun 09
I am VERY careful buying from suspect sources - simply because the fake perfumes smell like cat wee anyway. But you're right - I was totally nonplussed about being offered cheap perfume, but it was all a bit odd - no suitcase or hastily erected bench as with most rip-offs. Best genuine deal was at the Vitality Show in London - it's a spin-off from the Ideal Home, and I got 2 bags of his n'hers GENUINE smellies (a new company promo)for £20. The one I opened is at least as good as Opium, and I've now got most of my Xmas prezzies sorted. I'm always looking out for bargains - as well as keeping an open mind as to what most definitely isn't. glad I could be of service, but I'm taking this to the papers next - it needs a wider audience!
@bhabytart (1116)
• Philippines
17 Jun 09
hello there jazzsue.... wow!!! i can not believe that there are people who would do such a thing.... that even perfume would be use in evil doings...i hope other people in mylot have read this discussion of yours. it would be a big help for me and for them. thank you for the warning. i would be more careful, specially with perfumes. thank you! and have a nice day...
@Darkwing (21590)
17 Jun 09
I had that same email over a year ago. I think it came from the U.S.A., on recall, but I daresay it happens worldwide. I can't say I would trust these people anyway... I'm even wary of the Asians who have stalls in Queens Walk in Crawley. Thank you for the heads up though. I appreciate that.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
17 Jun 09
If only these pond life people would put as much effort into doing good as thinking up scams, the world would be a far better place. I was really pleased to come across this warning, as we are just returning to England after several months in Spain. Although I am always suspicious if people approach me in car parks, sometimes you can be caught off guard and distracted for long enough for them to hit on you. Thanks for the warning.
@littleowl (7157)
16 Jun 09
Hi jazzsue, that is awful..thanks for sending this warning to us all. It doesn't surprise me that people are stooping so low to get identity cash etc, it had to happen sometime..the only difference with this one is can KILL you! So thanks for the warning, will keep that in mind when shopping at Sainsbury's or Tesco's. Also will say it shocks me that it is actually happening in England too..wonder where else it is being done too...hugs LoLo