SCAM WARNING!

Editor’s note: The following was sent to The Rock River Times in an e-mail.

It was about three weeks ago, I was at the a gas station on Auburn Street in Rockford getting gas at about 11:30 p.m. I was approached by two men and two 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 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 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 joke. Here is the e-mail I was sent:

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, mother, sisters, etc.

Our world seems to be getting crazier by the day. Pipe bombs in mailboxes and sickos in parking lots with perfume. Be careful. I was approached in a parking lot in Des Moines, Iowa, 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 e-mail 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 toward 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 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. 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. PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO ALL YOUR WOMEN FRIENDS AND PLEASE BE ALERT AND BE AWARE. IF YOU ARE A MAN AND RECEIVE THIS, PASS IT ON TO YOUR WOMEN FRIENDS.

Ladies, this happened to me yesterday and I didn’t smell the perfume, either, thanks to this e-mail. This is true. Believe me, I know. I was over in Loves Park in a parking lot at lunch when I was approached. So either day or night, it does not matter. There were three guys together when I was approached. I called the police when I got back to my desk. Like the e-mail says above, LET EVERYONE KNOW ABOUT THIS. YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, CO-WORKERS, whomever. It helped me. The first thing that popped into my head was this e-mail warning.

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