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Busted? Does this sound legit????

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Ok so I decided recently to branch out to selling my cakes from home not thinking it was much of a big deal and I was stupid and posted on craigslist (wish I would have read this forum better first)...and I received an email from someone "wanting cupcakes". She refused to let me deliver and she started asking a lot of questions like where did I live and was I licensed etc. Well I never responded and here is what she wrote me:

"Obviously you refuse to answer my questions because you are operating a none licensed business and your kitchen has not been commercially approved. I also see that you continue to advertise on craigslist. Nevermind about giving me your address as I have initiated an investigation and have your address (3 xxxxxxxxxCt.). I will turn this information over to one of my supervisors who will pay you an unexpected visit very soon Ms. Jessica xxxx. Your social security number and date of birth will be forwarded to the IRS stating that you are running a business."
Should I be worried? She sounds so vengeful, like she takes it personal, would someone at the health dept care that much. I realize that I was wrong and if they show up I will pay the consequences but please tell me if you think this is for real!!!
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Does she have the information correct - Name, address etc.... If so, I would say its very possible that it is legit.Good Luck.
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I would definitely stop advertising asap.

When she says she will "turn this over to one of her supervisors", she is leading you to believe she works for the HD. However, the overall tone of this email doesn't sound like the work of a HD. I know one or two people who have been busted and the HD just showed up at their door.

Yes, someone at the HD would care if you were running an unlicensed food biz, but this doesn't sound like their method of operation.

Regardless, I'd be very careful.
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How in heck does she know your social security no. and date of birth?! It sounds to me like some pissy-pants baker who sees you as a real threat and wants to scare you off. My heart goes out to you and I hope this is just a hoax, but as Indy says, tread very carefully right now.
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How in heck does she know your social security no. and date of birth?! It sounds to me like some pissy-pants baker who sees you as a real threat and wants to scare you off. My heart goes out to you and I hope this is just a hoax, but as Indy says, tread very carefully right now.

Let me just add that I've never actually sold any cakes or baked goods as of yet and if they showed up right now they would not find anything incriminating except for a regular household amount of baking goods and my decorating supplies. Its not worth it to me so I will look into becoming legit but my point is that the tone of the email is so angry that it seems crazy. I dont know if she is fibbing about the SS# and bday but I would imagine that finding my address on the internet is not too too hard. I dont deliberately post it but I am an Avon rep w a website so who knows......
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I agree iwth IndyDebi - the HD would just show up.

Weird. I would stop advertising & everything until you are all legal.

And I wouldn't respond to her anymore. And delete your Craigslist thing if you can too.
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I know that several years ago I was able to dig up SSN's addresses, and an unbelievable amount of information on someone through an ancestry site. This was before the days of terrorism and all, so it may not be that way now.

Regardless, I wouldn't worry too much about the lady, she sounds like she just has too much time on her hands, or might be a competitor trying to stir up trouble.
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She also might be another home baker who got caught and is trying to scare you too. However, you shouldn't advertise if you're not legal.
post #9 of 149
I'd say it doesn't sound legit at all.

If you have your name on Craig's all she would have to do is a search to find your address.
She sounds very upset (which is not what someone would do with the HD) and I might even send a reply nicely explaining that you don't give out any information- especially to people whom you don't want to take as clients.
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Ummmm...this sounds suspiciously like the "other side" of the post from the gal who wrote just a few days ago asking whether or not she should turn someone in that she found on Craigslist and she said was not legal. Remember, the Craigslist gal had a Food Manager's license or something and said that's all her state required??? icon_eek.gif
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Ummmm...this sounds suspiciously like the "other side" of the post from the gal who wrote just a few days ago asking whether or not she should turn someone in that she found on Craigslist and she said was not legal. Remember, the Craigslist gal had a Food Manager's license or something and said that's all her state required??? icon_eek.gif




yup. what she said.
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Ummmm...this sounds suspiciously like the "other side" of the post from the gal who wrote just a few days ago asking whether or not she should turn someone in that she found on Craigslist and she said was not legal. Remember, the Craigslist gal had a Food Manager's license or something and said that's all her state required??? icon_eek.gif



Ooooo, yes it does!
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Ummmm...this sounds suspiciously like the "other side" of the post from the gal who wrote just a few days ago asking whether or not she should turn someone in that she found on Craigslist and she said was not legal. Remember, the Craigslist gal had a Food Manager's license or something and said that's all her state required??? icon_eek.gif



Exactly what I was thinking. Sugaredup even used the name Jessica when she referred to the home baker from CL. Wow.
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Hmm...interesting...very interesting... detective.gif
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I thought the same thing..it does sound like the other side of that story. Wouldn't that be NUTS?

I don't know how she would get your ssn, or why she would need it if she IS with the HD. I agree that it's probably just another home baker, or legal baker stirring up trouble. But please find out the laws on home baking for your state. I know where I am it's acceptable as long as you don't sell wholesale.

Good luck!!
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