Piston Slap: Duck and [Car] Cover

Sajeev Mehta
by Sajeev Mehta

TTAC spammer “ajara ali” writes:

My name is Mr Alfonso Perez the CEO of Shandon International Company LTD. And am located in France, am sorry if i have contacted the wrong Company for this order. I will like to make some orders from your Company to my Company and the product is Car Cover.

Please get back to me with the price per unit so that i will know the quantities to order. And also if you dont have this type, you can email me with the one that you have together with the price so that i can make some orders. Thank you very much and hope to hear from you soon. And also you can advice me on the type of payment you accept.

Best Regards

Sajeev replies:

Unfortunately, I cannot fulfill your request so you “can make some orders.” My apologies, but I will be coy after being burned by a previous Piston Slap spammer. But I am glad you did not seek refuge in my heart like the last one. I know you just want my wallet.

I am sure you’ll ask for my bank account number so you can wire me the funds. You know, after you disregard what I chose to “advice you on the type of payment” I prefer. I am certain whatever I say is not how you roll.

Anyway, as always, Google is your friend. The world’s most popular search engine—Goggle “google”— reports “about 143,000,000” results for “car cover.” God knows how many more hits of what sort I’d discover if I turned-off the safe search function. Billy’s bangin’ Bing summons “only” 94,500,000 results, and there’s more than a bit of overlap. But it’s safe to conclude that you’re spoilt for choice in the car cover category.

Our imperious leader favors car capsules. “I discovered the bubble during a bad bout of OCD. It was a life saver. I almost bought one for the kids, but the meds kicked in.”

It’s also worth noting that HOW you pay for your cover matters. If you use Amex, if a merchant won’t take back a purchase within 90 days from the date of purchase, American Express will refund the full purchase price, up to $300 per item, excluding shipping and handling and up to a maximum of $1,000 annually per Card account.

Of course, never give out your bank account or credit card details to anyone who doesn’t capitalize their personal pronouns, use proper punctuation, know the difference between “advice” and “advise” or somehow mistakes you for a supplier of something you don’t supply. If you get one of these spams, remember: pistonhead pride goeth before a fall in your bank balance.

[Send you technical queries to mehta@ttac.com]

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  • Jeff Puthuff Jeff Puthuff on Aug 08, 2009

    ZZ, check out the "419 Eaters'" Trophy Room (pages of pictures of the proof I think you will find hilarious). The above pix are tame. I recall one of a nude man straddling two folding chairs with his laptop hanging off his balzak, and he was holding a sign that read: "I am not a scammer."

  • Chuck Goolsbee Chuck Goolsbee on Aug 10, 2009
    Robert Schwartz : Is that an Auburn? Yes. Yes it is. A Speedster in fact. I've thought about getting one of these inflatable car covers. I found some evidence of mice in the Jag after winter storage. Damn useless barn cats. --chuck
  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X The push for EV's is part of the increase in our premiums. Any damage near the battery pack and the car is a total loss.
  • Geozinger Up until recently this was on my short list of cars to replace my old car. However, it didn't pass the "knee test" with my wife as her bad knee makes it difficult for her to get in and out of a sedan. I saw a number of videos about the car and it seems like the real deal as a sporting sedan. In addition I like the low price, too, but it was bad luck/timing that we didn't get to pull the trigger on this one.
  • ToolGuy I agree with everyone here. Of course there are exceptions to what I just said, don't take everything so literally. The important thing is that I weighed in with my opinion, which is helping to move things forward. I believe we can all agree that I make an important contribution (some will differ, that is their prerogative). A stitch in time saves nine. Life isn't fair, you know. I have more to say but will continue at our next meeting. You can count on that, for I am a man of my word. We will make it happen. There might be challenges. I mean, it is what it is. This too shall pass. All we can do is all we can do. These meetings are never really long enough for me to completely express all the greatness within me, are they? Let's meet to discuss. All in a day's work. After all, Rome wasn't built in a day. At the end of the day, I must say I agree with you. I think you will agree. When all is said and done, there is more said than done. But of course that is just one man's opinion. You are free to disagree. As I like to say...(I am working on my middle management skills -- how am I doing?)
  • Golden2husky Have to say he did an excellent job on the C7, especially considering the limited budget he was given. I am very happy with my purchase.
  • Marty The problem isn't range; it's lack of electricity in multi-unit building parking. All you need is level 1 - a standard 120v wall socket - and if you're plugged in 10 hours overnight you get 280 miles per week or more. That's enough for most folks but you can use public charging to supplement when needed. Installing conduit circuits and outlets is simple and cheap; no charge stations needed.