Michael Smith (msmith@EMST-DC.PLANSYS.COM)
Fri, 5 May 1995 09:56:43 EDT
**** <POSSIBLE> FRAUD ALERT ****
Just got the posting requesting business cards for a terminally ill child
wanting to get into the GB of records. THIS MAY BE AN ABSOLUTELY HONEST
Our company has been hit by this exact same request (from other sources) four
different times. Each time has been fraudulent.
Once was an fired employee having this flood of mail being sent to his former
employer; two were teenagers thinking it would be funny to have their
"friend" get a lot of mail; and the last was a person trying to build a big
This type of request can be a variation of the classic "have 20 pizzas
delivered to someone who irritated you"; or "flood the E-mail".
Is there anyone on the SCOUTS-L list in the Atlanta area? If so, could you
check out the address (Children's Make-A-Wish Foundation; 82 Perimeter Center
East; Atlanta, GA 30346) and contact the Make-A-Wish foundation to see if
this is really an honest request? If it is, both myself and my company want
to participate fully. But we don't want to be unwitting partners in a
fraudulent activity. One of those families targeted in the above fraud are
still getting business cards one year after the fact...can you imagine
getting bags upon bags of mail delivered to your house DAILY?!?
Again, this may be absolutely honest, and if so, should be supported.
Committee Chairman, Pack 160, Herndon, VA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City