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Title: free OBD scanner
Post by: kdbgoat on October 23, 2017, 09:19:01 AM
Anyone else here get an email from [email protected] offering a free OBD scanner for a review on this forum?
Title: Re: free OBD scanner
Post by: John From Detroit on October 23, 2017, 10:33:09 AM
Do not know, I don't check my G-Mail spam folder.  I do check the other spam folder but usually just hit "EMPTY"
Title: Re: free OBD scanner
Post by: kdbgoat on October 23, 2017, 10:59:24 AM
This didn't come through spam, it actually made it to my inbox. Gmail usually does a pretty good job sending spam to my spam folder. The email said respond to "xiangguoxiangqing [at] gmail [dot]com" that's exactly how it was in the email. They wanted me to provide links to the forum home page, and my username. The person sending the email referred to theirself as "Ella".

I posted this mainly to make Tom aware of this, and to see if anyone else was getting the same thing. As soon as I read it, I knew it was a scam of some sort, so I definitely won't be responding to it.
Title: Re: free OBD scanner
Post by: JoelP on October 23, 2017, 11:02:49 AM
Yes, same for me.  If she is looking for beta testers and it works on my chassis I have no issue with that.
Title: Re: free OBD scanner
Post by: donn on October 23, 2017, 11:23:36 AM
Torque app for smart phones works very well and is nearly free.
Title: Re: free OBD scanner
Post by: kdbgoat on October 23, 2017, 11:24:17 AM
I would be a beta tester for a reputable company, but that email doesn't give me the impression they're legit. I'm sure if they were legit, they would have stated the company's name, and provided a link to their website for beginners.
Title: Re: free OBD scanner
Post by: Rene T on October 23, 2017, 11:44:54 AM
I got one too. I was wondering how she got my EMail address. She used my forum name so some how she got my address through the forum I guess.This is what she said:

Hi Rene T,

Thank you for your time. I am Ella from a big company. We specialize in high quality OBD2/EOBD Scanners that allow users to diagnose their automobiles easily. I am reaching out to you on the possibility of getting an editorial review for our featured Auto Code Scanner on this forum.

There are different price points for the special function of the car scanner. The company uses high-quality materials to make them very beautiful, environmentally friendly, durable and accurate. There is always a product to impress your deeply.
If you are interested in reviewing our latest Auto Code Scanners, please let me know and I will send out a free product for you to review. Besides, I will give you more detailed information about these product and company. Please email me at xiangguoxiangqing [at] gmail [dot] com. Please provide links to the forum home page, and tell me your name on that forum.

Thank you so much for reading. I really appreciate your great assistance for us.
Regards,
Ella


Title: Re: free OBD scanner
Post by: HappyWanderer on October 23, 2017, 11:48:39 AM
Ditto.

Wasn't impressed with the message, as it had typical grammar issues associated with scams.
Title: Re: free OBD scanner
Post by: Back2PA on October 23, 2017, 11:52:38 AM
Many of us received the same email. Sender spoofed an RV forum address, harvested users’ addresses and sent unsolicited mail, said they worked for a “big” company and offered a free unit in return for a hoped for positive review, said her name was “Ella” but used a return email for “ginawhite” and requested a reply to yet a different and clearly Asian gmail account. I would never do business with anyone who operates in this manner, even if their equipment (if there really is any) worked perfectly and was free.
Title: Re: free OBD scanner
Post by: PJ Stough on October 23, 2017, 11:55:31 AM
I got one too. I was wondering how she got my EMail address.


When I go to enter my username and password to login in to the RVForum a drop down box opens and says:  This connection is not secure.  Logins entered here could be compromised.  There is also a link:  https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/insecure-password-warning-firefox?as=u&utm_source=inproduct
Title: Re: free OBD scanner
Post by: Clay L on October 23, 2017, 02:43:59 PM
I got the same one purporting to be from the Open Roads forum. I sent a copy of it along with the headers to the admin there. They are looking into it.
Title: Re: free OBD scanner
Post by: LarsMac on October 23, 2017, 02:56:14 PM
I always turn off the setting to allow members to email me.
email info is only shared via PM with specific members.

looking through the member list, I seem to be in a minority. I can find all sorts of email addresses to mine, were I of the sort to do so.
A spammer's dream.

Title: Re: free OBD scanner
Post by: edjunior on October 23, 2017, 06:05:54 PM
Definitely a spam/phishing e-mail.  Delete and be done with it.
Title: Re: free OBD scanner
Post by: ArdraF on October 23, 2017, 06:40:47 PM
Yes, I also got Ella's message.  The difference is I saw it in MailwasherPro and deleted it from their server so it never got into my computer.  When I saw the return to Chinese name I figured it was spam or worse so deleted it.

ArdraF
Title: Re: free OBD scanner
Post by: Bill N on October 24, 2017, 09:58:48 AM
This scam has so many red flags you could start a parade.  Just the email reply address is a starter and the failure to ever mention a company name (a big company) would be enough for me to hit the delete button.  I prefer to keep the email from members active as I have on several occasions used it to advantage and to keep some comments off the board.

Bill