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Is anyone selling to people overseas? Anything special I that you had to do ? I received an inquiry from someone who is overseas and wants to buy some of my plates and bowls for their gift shop. I've not done this before except tourists who purchased at my booth and I mailed their glass.

It is always helpful to find someone who has experience they are willing to share.

thanks, Chris

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Without seeing the wording of the original email, I'd recommend not taking a chance because it's usually spam.

Larry Berman

Larry - I copied the email below, tell me what you think. It did not even occur to me that this could be a scam - sicne they want to know if I take credit card. "Golly" am I the most gulliable person around?

 

Hello there,
I want to buy some PRODUCTS from your company to my new store in GERMANY, I will like to know if you accept credit card and ship internationally as I have got new shops opening another part of the world.So please let me know if you can assist me with the order I will await your prompt response as soon as you receive this
mail,I will be very glad if you treat this email with good concern.
You can reply back to andrew_gallary65@hotmail.com
Regards Mr, Rudd

Part of me wants to tell you that anyone falling for this OBVIOUS scam deserves to get ripped off.  Instead, I will point out some things.  First of all, if they wanted to buy your work, the email would be addressed to you, not "Hello there." Second, if they had seen your work they would not be calling it "products." They would know what they are buying.  Third, if you look in your spam folder in your email program, you will see many of these emails.  I get one every week.  If you are using Yahoo or Gmail, you can hover your cursor over the email address and in the status bar you might see a totally different email address, which would be the real origin of the email.

 

Btw, don't even reply to this email.  That could open up a whole new can of worms.

Barry, t

I do appreciate your advice.  I know I am one of the most trusting people around (my family tells me that all the time) and just don't think about something being a scam. Well I obviously opened the email - I hope I have not botched something up in doing so.

Chris

Actually it's more than replying. Just opening the e-mail validates your e-mail address because they have tracking code embedded in the message that lets them know it's been opened.

Larry Berman
http://BermanGraphics.com
412-401-8100

what do I need to do?

Thank you so much for you help.

Chris

Nothing, do nothing.  The worst thing that could happen by just opening the email is that they have your email address and they can add it to a database to sell to those who buy those things.

 

One thing you could do is send that email to your spam filter and every other email from that address will end up there.  I hardly ever look in my spam folder and they get automatically get deleted after a short while.  While doing this, if your email program asks you if you want to block the whole domain, say yes.

Thank you.

If I get a suspicious email, I cut and paste part of it into google, putting quotes around the whole thing.   Try it with this part of the email, which just doesn't sound right.

"if you treat this email with good concern."

Google that and a whole bunch of scam warnings show up.

Michael,

I am just one of those people who are not wary enough, but thanks to this group I am learning. Since I did open the email is there anything I should do to my computer to protect it (change passwords etc) in additon to running a full scan?

Do appreciate all the help.

Christina

Chris

As long as you didn't open any attachments, you should be fine. The spammers didn't get a bounce from your email, they may have had an auto-response that you opened it, and added you to a list of "good" addresses, but you are mostly likely safe from viruses.
Getting hacked, hijacked, and attacked is a whole separate issue.  Sometimes it happens without you doing anything.  I have all the important safeguards on my computer, virus software, 3 types of malware programs, firewall, etc.  Just this week, I got an email saying that my Skype account email address had been changed to an email account in Taiwan(it had the .tw designation}.  When I accessed my Skype account and checked the profile info, I found out that my password had been stolen and my account was hijacked.  Funny thing, there was a money credit for international phone calls in British pounds.  Too bad I don't know anyone to call in Europe or Israel.  I could have used up all the cash.  I contacted Skype support via the chat function at their web site, changed the email address back to what it was, and changed the password to a more secure password.  I'm thinking, though, that I might be better off canceling the Skype account and setting up a new one.

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