Another Spam Email – Ronald Erickson

If you saw my previous blog post about a really good spam email that nearly got me you’ll know that writing about these can be really beneficial! Lots of people seem to Google the name/email address of the spammer, and they find my blog. Hopefully I’ve managed to help people avoid losing lose money, and the comments on my previous blog certainly seem to show that.

Anyway, this spammer isn’t quite as cunning, and I’ve seen a few like it over the years. However, they do seem to tailor the email to the business of the person that they’re sending it to. In my case, I’m a printer, so he’s asking for a price on printed PVC banners.

Who is this chap, I hear you ask?

ronald.erickson441@gmail.com

That’s his email address, and as you might imagine, he’s calling himself Ronald Erickson. His email goes like this:

Attention: Owner/Sales.

I’m Ronald Erickson, regards to your company to order some Banners. Below is the information of the Banner:

Text: LET’S FIGHT HIV/AIDS NOT THE PEOPLE! STOP THE STIGMATIZATION !
Font Style: Clarendon Serifs Font
Size: 12’ft height x 8’ft width
Material: Durable 13oz
Printed Side: Front Only
Grommets: Every 2 feet
Finish: Hemmed Edges
Pocket Pole: No Pocket Pole

I will appreciate if you can email me with the price for 20 banners without shipping, also I will like to know the form of payment you do accept so we can proceed on with the order ASAP.

Looking forward to hear back from you soon.

Best Regards,
Ronald Erickson.

So how does the scam work? Well, you send him a price and he agrees to it – say £100. Then he offers to pay via bank transfer. Then he “accidentally” overpays you by a vast amount (say £300), and you refund the difference (£200). All sorted, or so you may think. But then, in a week or so, the bank flags the original transaction as fraudulent and take all of the money back from you (£300). The scammer gets away with the money that you refunded to him (£200), and you are short by the same amount (£200) at the end of it all. Worst of all, your banners will be printed and sat on the shelf ready to collect…

Hope that helps guys and girls! Why not have a quick peek at my bespoke wood and steel furniture?

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7 thoughts on “Another Spam Email – Ronald Erickson

  1. Glen says:

    Just got something from him…thanks for posting your experience…
    From: Ronald Erickson [mailto:r.ericksonltd1@gmail.com]
    Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 9:23 PM
    To:
    Subject: Taps Inquiry

    Dear Customer Service,

    My name is Ronald Erickson with RVB OFFICE-Summit Pointe as Sales Coordinator. I cherish the opportunity reaching out to your business entity to inquiry some information on your product offerings. I will be delighted to receive comprehensive info based on “TAPS” via a PDF catalog or link. A prompt response will greatly be appreciated.

    Thank You,
    Ronald Erickson.
    RVB OFFICE-Summit Pointe | 39500 High Pointe Boulevard, Novi, MI 48375, USA

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  2. Gerald Kuo says:

    I was checking out this company “RVB OFFICE-Summit Pointe” and I found your message. The following is what I have received.

    From: Ronald Erickson
    Date: Monday, September 18, 2017 at 7:58 PM
    Subject: Re: Grinder Inquiry

       Thanks very much for the reply, Well I’m Interested in ordering the (MATRIX MODEL 3060 INTERNAL THREAD GRINDING MACHINE, Machine: Max Diameter Ground Bore 200mm), So i would be very glad if you can email me back with the pricing information so that we can proceed on from there.
        Regards,
    Ronald Erickson.

    From: Ronald Erickson
    Date: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 8:51 PM
    To:
    Subject: Grinder Inquiry

    Dear Customer Service,

       My name is Ronald Erickson with RVB OFFICE-Summit Pointe as Sales Coordinator. I cherish the opportunity reaching out to your business entity to inquiry some information on your product offerings. I will be delighted to receive comprehensive info based on “GRINDER” via a PDF catalog or link. A prompt response will greatly be appreciated.

       Thank You,
    Ronald Erickson.

    RVB OFFICE-Summit Pointe | 39500 High Pointe Boulevard, Novi, MI 48375, USA

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  3. Same guy different name says:

    Dear Sales Manager,
    I am Steve Lara, Sales Coordinator with RVB OFFICE-Summit Pointe. I have been appointed to make convenient arrangement of vinyl banner for an upcoming anniversary and with much aplomb in your highly dedicated service of satisfactory I will greatly be pleased if you could be of assistance. Below you will find requirements:
    13oz. vinyl
    72 h x 108 w inches
    Full color digital printing on one side
    Quantity: 1,000
    See attached file
    Moreover, I presume artwork attached isn’t exactly as sizes stated but I will be honored if you could recreate to get an actual fit and also bill me for extra cost incurred. You can reach me at 947.517.8030 or email with questions of details related to my query.
    Thank you,
    Steve Lara.
    RVB OFFICE-Summit Pointe | 39500 High Pointe Boulevard, Novi, MI 48375, USA| Ph: 947 517 8030

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  4. Bobby says:

    Now he is using this alias
    Jeffrey Sterling.
    Head of Sales| TradEx Enterprise-Columbia Center|101 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084, USA |Ph: 947.517.8030
    Just tried to scam me. He even called me.

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  5. brent josker says:

    I just received this one….be on the,lookout, I’m gonna call him back and pull a reverse prank

    Dear Sales Manager,

    I am Steve Lara, Sales Coordinator with RVB OFFICE-Summit Pointe. I have been appointed to make convenient arrangement of vinyl banner for an upcoming anniversary and with much aplomb in your highly dedicated service of satisfactory I will greatly be pleased if you could be of assistance. Below you will find requirements:

    13oz. vinyl
    72 h x 108 w inches
    Full color digital printing on one side
    Quantity: 100

    See attached file

    Moreover, I presume artwork attached isn’t exactly as sizes stated but I will be honored if you could recreate to get an actual fit and also bill me for extra cost incurred. You can reach me at 947.517.8030 or email with questions of details related to my query.

    Thank you,
    Steve Lara.
    RVB OFFICE-Summit Pointe | 39500 High Pointe Boulevard, Novi, MI 48375, USA| Ph: 947 517 8030

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