|Phishing For Chiropractors Plus Classifieds News
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By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
September 18th is one of my favorite days of the year. We get to celebrate the birth of chiropractic, and I had the joy of being in the office Monday, providing care to some of the worlds greatest people. Speaking of the worlds greatest people, I received a bunch of emails from you on Monday (and Tuesday) regarding chiropractic classifieds you had posted.
I want to first say how thankful I am that people contacted me so quickly. By Monday afternoon I had several emails regarding someone attempting a phishing scam (or overpayment scam) targeted to chiropractors who had equipment posted for sale.
We followed up, located the source internet address & email and filed an abuse notification with the provider (which happens to be in the United States). I was contacted earlier today with notification that something has been done.
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Sender IP: 22.214.171.124
Offender Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following is an excerpt of what they like to send in emails...
Am paying by Certified Cashier Check so i need your full name, address and cell phone number. I'll add $50 for keeping it in my favor. Also I would like to restate clearly that i have a shipping agent who would take good care of this.
These attempts are nothing new. I recall staff emailing thank you's to chiropractors back in 2008 on the same subject. Chiropractic Community Still Kicking Butt on Fraud was only one of many posts made regarding these attempts.
So, there's good news in that there's a robust community of chiropractors (and staff) who want to be able to sell equipment, buy practices, find doctors to cover their practice, etc.
There's bad news in that the internet provides plenty of sour apples a full time job of defrauding people. But there's more good news.
We have quitely been working on a completely rebuilt classifieds ad system that will feature nearly every request we've had from chiropractors over the years. We are getting very close to launch so I thought I'd bring that up here.
Sometime in October, you will see Planet Chiropractic down for maintanence mode. We are currently scheduled for a weekend when most chiropractors are not posting ads but it may affect a few of you.
The goal is to have the new classified ad system operational over the weekend and you may recieve email notification (regarding your user profile) shortly after that.
I will update this post with additional information as we get closer to Go Day and I will also have a detailed post with instructions on how to best navigate the new system.
Again, a big Thank You from Planet Chiropractic!