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Aware of this scam?

asked 2018-07-16 15:58:07 -0500

Hi! I’ve read a couple of other posts here about a scam house-sitting request that was nearly identical to the one I just got. Those posts were from 2016 and 2017, so I just wanted to let everyone know that they’re still going on and what to look for! I went to report this to Rover, but his profile has already been deleted, less than 24 hours later! (And so the button “report this conversation” has disappeared.)

Be aware of a suspicious combination of: - A newly opened profile - No photos - Very minimal information on profile - Out-of-state; says they are moving to your area - Messages have strange wording and details - Wants to offer extra fees - Asks for another way to contact you, such as email - Asks for your personal information or bank information - Asks you to cash a large check and “keep a portion for your fee”

I got a request yesterday from someone with a profile opened the same day, with no photos and no information filled out about the dog. He said he could not do a meet-and-greet because he was all the way across the country in Maryland and would be moving to the area for work. The house-sitting request was only for a few days, but he wanted me to start the very day they would be arriving in town, and then added other really odd details, such as “I may need you to take him to the vets periodically.” Really? In a 5-day house sitting visit?

He did keep replying to my messages on Rover, but there was odd wording and he started to seem like he was commanding me. Some examples: “Specification of job include taking him for a walk, periodic grooming and help in feeding is also required. Can you render these services?” and “Give me your email I will like to write to you in more details” and “We will have a meet and greet on the 26th. You will start on the 26th.”

I smelled SCAM reeking from the whole interaction on Rover so I provided one of my junk email addresses to see what he would send me. He waited until the next day and then sent a HUGE email loaded with totally unnecessary details and attached a couple of pictures. He told me he had a Chesapeake Bay Retriever three times, but sent pictures of a yellow Lab!!

Here is the email he sent, full of ridiculously unnecessary details. I want everyone to recognize this scam! The next step is where they have their “financier” send you a big check to cash to deposit to some other account, and to keep a fee for yourself. The only thing that will happen is that you will lose all your money when it bounces.

The email:
“ How are you today and thanks for your response regarding the offer I put up for Pet Service, He is a 70lbs Chesapeake Bay Retriever. I need someone with a reputable pet careservice so ... (more)

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I got this years ago, not exactly the same but close. The Rover app protects us all from this. Never do business off the Rover site!!!!!

Laura F.'s profile image Laura F.  ( 2018-07-17 13:52:06 -0500 ) edit

I have gotten a scam including a fake check. I went to my bank reported it varied it was fake. The profile has been flagged. But never accept a payment before service or not thru rover.

Rebecca M.'s profile image Rebecca M.  ( 2019-02-27 05:30:16 -0500 ) edit

I just got a similar request from an Andrew James who, supposedly, has an Alaskan husky named Jay. His profile had little information, and the email he sent me was almost identical to yours, mentioning the fish and his wife Marissa, etc. I thought the request was very strange.

Susan C.'s profile image Susan C.  ( 2019-05-20 15:33:18 -0500 ) edit

I have gotten this same exact email when I posted my services on Craigslist. And then again once I posted my rover on Facebook. They would say that they’d pay me hundreds of dollars if I stayed in their apartment.

Jordan P.'s profile image Jordan P.  ( 2019-07-06 18:01:37 -0500 ) edit

I just received an almost identical message. Good to know !

Caitlin B.'s profile image Caitlin B.  ( 2019-07-14 05:14:34 -0500 ) edit

I get one of these a week and scary. I wonder what their plan is once i meet them? Kidnap?

Barbara C.'s profile image Barbara C.  ( 2019-08-08 21:51:37 -0500 ) edit

I almost fell for it but rembered training. Asked several times to join Rover. Request were ignored and I knew my mind was right they are scamming me. I gave no information.

LAKEISHA p.'s profile image LAKEISHA p.  ( 2019-09-04 04:23:40 -0500 ) edit

I am removing craigslist post. Not sure if craigslist and facebook post have anything in common for scammers.

LAKEISHA p.'s profile image LAKEISHA p.  ( 2019-09-04 04:27:46 -0500 ) edit

I received one of these 2 weeks ago. Dog was described as a 15 pound Shepard, but pic showed a yellow lab. They stopped responding after I insisted on a meet and greet. Then Rover sent a message that this request was flagged. Just rec'd request for a 2 week stay for a dog with the same description.

Erica D.'s profile image Erica D.  ( 2019-09-15 16:30:38 -0500 ) edit

I did not respond and just reported it to Rover. Clearly a scam.

Erica D.'s profile image Erica D.  ( 2019-09-15 16:31:45 -0500 ) edit

Oh wow. I'm so glad I found this thread. I just got this EXACT message, only with the names changed. I definitely thought it was a little suspicious and had a bad feeling about it. I can't believe this is still going on.

Lauren F.'s profile image Lauren F.  ( 2019-10-18 14:09:49 -0500 ) edit

I just recieved this message two days ago, and am still in contact with this person... literally the exact same email, just different owner name, dog name, and breed. I only gave him an email I don't care for, but no other information. This was very helpful, thank you.

Alexis W.'s profile image Alexis W.  ( 2019-11-25 17:06:13 -0500 ) edit

His name is Gregory Burnley, with 1 year old, 68 lbs "serbian" husky named Drake.

Alexis W.'s profile image Alexis W.  ( 2019-11-25 17:08:12 -0500 ) edit

I got the same scam but a little different. I gave a fake name knowing it was a scam. I received a check today for $2400 from an attorney’s office in Plano, TX. I told the scammer it was too much and It is going back to the attorneys office. I called the attorneys office today.

Andrea L.'s profile image Andrea L.  ( 2019-11-26 21:14:08 -0500 ) edit

I wish I could paste the fake profile here.

Andrea L.'s profile image Andrea L.  ( 2019-11-26 21:24:19 -0500 ) edit

Got a scammer too just today! So it’s still going on!

Reem K.'s profile image Reem K.  ( 2019-12-05 16:46:52 -0500 ) edit

I got something similar just a few minutes ago. This lady used some exact wording as the scam above, but she offered me $500 weekly. I am so glad I came on here and read this so very helpful. Thank you for sharing.

Alicia G.'s profile image Alicia G.  ( 2020-01-14 20:12:21 -0500 ) edit

This just happened to me today. A woman named Debra wanted me to walk her 2 dogs 3x a week, 30 min a day. The wording was strange & sounded demanding. Then made the dates different than requested (more). Wanted to text off the app. Wanted me to buy supplies out of my pocket before even meeting..

Hallie M.'s profile image Hallie M.  ( 2020-01-22 18:10:18 -0500 ) edit

I just got this scam and it was unfortunately my first Rover request. I reverse image searched all of the three photos and they were stolen from the first hits on the internet. It never got off the Rover platform because I was already wary when they barely had a profile filled out for the dog.

Melissa L.'s profile image Melissa L.  ( 2020-01-23 12:01:32 -0500 ) edit

I got a similar scam request. Originally came from Kim from Rover, looking for an experienced sitter to watch her boss dogs and to email her at dorcas.arnold778@hotmail.com, asked for personal info and they were gonna send me a check in the mail and were moving to louisville. Scammers suck!

Mckinley C.'s profile image Mckinley C.  ( 2020-03-09 07:38:11 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2018-07-17 08:00:26 -0500

Ha! I got a very similar message last week. My policy is to never take the conversation off of Rover, so it did not go very far, but I didn't realize it was a scam til I saw this. They also asked me to provide walking, which I do not provide, and said they were going to pay me $20/hour for boarding. I went to report them, but their profile is now deactivated.

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Yes! Thank you so much everyone for sharing! Before this happened, I did not realize the importance of conducting all communications through the Rover service. So glad I found this!!!!

Shaelyn B.'s profile image Shaelyn B.  ( 2019-04-26 20:40:10 -0500 ) edit

Just received similar scam today. The person said they could not meet, but seemed to have plenty of time to email me very long emails. Can you say copy & paste. 😂

Eileen R.'s profile image Eileen R.  ( 2019-12-03 18:56:24 -0500 ) edit

This is still happening. Just reported a user today for the same fake check scam. Feb 2020!!!

Samantha M.'s profile image Samantha M.  ( 2020-02-20 18:18:50 -0500 ) edit

Same. March 2020

Starla E.'s profile image Starla E.  ( 2020-03-14 01:14:14 -0500 ) edit

Still happening in 2021!

Stephanie A.'s profile image Stephanie A.  ( 2021-04-14 10:23:26 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2019-02-11 00:41:02 -0500

Just got something similar. Very strange wording and wanted to text out of Rover right away. Which doesn't always mean anything bad, some people use it on their laptop. But after that it was all strange wording and just asking for my full name and address so he can fedex me payment for services:D Anyway, totally weird. Now I recommended to do a meet and greet and I have not heard back, and also said I am not comfortable with this and his answer was: okey. Reported it to Rover.

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SCAM, SCAM,SCAM

Walt G.'s profile image Walt G.  ( 2019-02-11 00:58:45 -0500 ) edit

I just had a house sitting request through Rover that sounded similar. I replied via email as requested saying I could not help as he was located 30 miles away. Many things made me suspicious but a dog picture did not match the Breed he claimed it to be. The obvious clue was $25/hr pay!!

Margot E.'s profile image Margot E.  ( 2020-01-07 19:40:14 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2019-03-05 08:54:41 -0500

Thank you so much for this information! I knew the request was too good to be true, and this post helped clarify my same situation.

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I received almost an identical request today so apparent still happening. This was my first Rover request so I wasn’t aware of scams. Really glad I read this

Danielle S.'s profile image Danielle S.  ( 2019-05-30 22:02:37 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2019-06-25 13:00:21 -0500

Please folks, in order to get these folks removed from Rover, please do the following:

-Report them to Rover immediately. -Do NOT respond to them -Do NOT contact them off platform. -DO be suspicious of any request that seems odd. Legit requests never need your email, for example.

Here's what happens when you respond. It gives them the impression that someone else will too. It's motivation enough for them to keep creating fake accounts until someone falls for it.

FWIW, Rover's 'bots' automatically detect specific words in all Rover messages. They usually pick up on the Spam request immediately, and remove it. That works great. However, they're checking your messages too, and since they are automated may suspend your account if it believes you are trying to take them off platform.

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answered 2018-11-16 15:41:05 -0500

I received this kind of request today, 11/16/18. The bad guys are still out there. If something feels suspicious, go with your gut.

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answered 2019-06-24 21:49:10 -0500

A similar thing just happened to me today. I responded on Rover to a booking request. I said I'm already booked for one of the days he requested, he didn't seem to notice. He said he was at work and wanted to go through email. I know that's a red flag but some people might have legit reasons, so I gave him my email, and this is the email I got a few hours later: " Jun 24 at 2:10 PM Hello Rachael, I am delighted to share this detail that involves the supervision of my pet. More importantly,the custody of my beloved dog. My name is Tyler Anderson and my wifes name is Shelley. My dog is at the moment living in Texas with my wife,but on the verge of moving into our new home located here in the city. I recently got promoted at work thus making me very busy most of the time once i resume working fully. I am currently here to finalize some-paper works for the office ,and more also,to supervise furnishing of the new house. My wife also runs a small scale event planning service that she runs on contract basis. Thus,limiting care for the dog once she arrives. This is a huge change for us,so this is where i hope you come in and offer us your assistance because i want everything to move smooth and stress-free during this transition,especially with the Pup. Thanks, Tyler."

I mean, no one in the world talks like that (not even ESL people I've talked to sound like that). And it didn't mention anything I had talked about on Rover which was that I could not do an overnight stay on one of the requested stays and I said what he probably actually wanted was the 30 minute check-in service? He didn't mention that at all. And no one calls Peoria "the city". They use the term "to the city" to be vague on purpose. But in Peoria, IL, Chicago is "the city". They have this generic, confusing message they spam out probably to hundreds of sitters, so beware.

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I got an IDENTICAL message today. The only differences were the place they were moving from and the names, otherwise it was word for word. I actually responded because I was out of the house and couldn’t really process it, and then I decided it was all way too weird and declined/reported it. Scary!

Emma W.'s profile image Emma W.  ( 2019-09-03 14:16:23 -0500 ) edit

Just wanted to add I almost got scammed by the same guy with the same EXACT email as the on above except Texas was changed to Kansas. He tries to get you off the app and offers to send you a check, don’t feed into it just report him

Stephen N.'s profile image Stephen N.  ( 2019-09-23 21:12:04 -0500 ) edit

Got this exact same email from "Tyler Anderson" yesterday but saying that he was moving from Kansas to my city. Knew is seemed fishy but amused it anyways and then he said that he would pay me LESS than what i charge on rover for the stay. No thank you.

Alyssa K.'s profile image Alyssa K.  ( 2019-09-25 14:17:08 -0500 ) edit

my son got this SAME EXACT message with all same details and wording about wife and huge change and wanting everything to run smooth and stress free during transition..except it was from a Thomas. He just reported it.

Justin F.'s profile image Justin F.  ( 2019-10-15 16:00:09 -0500 ) edit

I actually got the same exact message. But his name was jack walker. But his wife name was still Shelley. And instead of asking for an email address. He wants my home address to sent me my paychecks. Huggge red flag right there.

Zoe R.'s profile image Zoe R.  ( 2020-01-29 11:18:07 -0500 ) edit

Got the exact same email yesterday and today. Thank you so much. I asked for the address for the house they are moving to and his company address. Heard nothing back. What do they want and how’s this benefits them.

Tyler B.'s profile image Tyler B.  ( 2020-11-23 11:16:03 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2020-03-13 15:35:31 -0500

Hi guys! STILL HAPPENING as of March 2020. I get a request for two week house sitting from a new profile.

Anyways, the message seems normal: “ My dog is very friendly with everyone around. He also sleeps with me at night time and he is only my alarm to wake up. He is very Smart, fun, and very playful. I love him and he’s brought so much joy!”

So I respond with questions about the dogs (Sam’s) schedule and he replies “ Awesome! It seems this piece of app keeps freezing up a lot on my handheld. I think that shouldn't be a distraction to make things workout for us. Do you mind if I get your cell number so we can text and talk about it?”

I give him my number (yes yes I know, red flag, but I didn’t think it was a scam at the time,) and he says he’ll send out a text soon. Only a few minutes later do I get the whole usual shindig I’ve been seeing on this thread:

“ Thanks for sharing me your phone number on Rover and thanks for understanding me, I am delighted to share this detail that involves the supervision of my pet. More importantly, the custody of my beloved dog. My name is Paul and my wife’s name is Shelley . My dog is at the moment living with my pregnant wife in Nevada Avenue, southeast corner of Colorado Springs,but on the verge of moving into our new home located here in The City. I recently got promoted at work thus making me very busy most of the time once i resume working fully. I am currently here to finalize some-paper works for the office,and more also, to supervise furnishing of the new house. My wife also runs a small scale event planning service that she runs on contract basis. Thus, limiting care for the dog once she arrives. This is a huge change for us, so this is where i hope you come in and offer us your assistance because i want everything to move smooth and stress-free during this transition,especially with Sam. Regards; Paul”

Anyways, he goes on a bit more about the foods that Sam eats and how he wants an estimate on the food and upkeep and whatnot.

Lmaoooo why are they so bad at scamming?

Be careful out there guys!

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I'm in CO Springs and got a request that kind of rubbed me wrong.. maybe two.. so I came here to find information about possible scams and if owners are required to have a background check as well. Your comment here is relatable. The guy today didn't go so in depth but had some similar language.

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answered 2020-11-30 07:31:53 -0500

Wow, it's been a couple of years since I've been active on here, and I've forgotten what the signs of a scam are. Good thing I checked here! I just got a message yesterday and he wanted my personal phone number (which I stupidly gave, but I haven't responded to the text). Here's what was sent to me below. Very similar wording to some of what I've been reading. I'll be blocking this phone number and reporting the profile.

"Thanks for sharing me your phone number on Rover and thanks for understanding me,I am delighted to share this detail that involves the supervision of my pet. More importantly, the custody of my beloved dog. My name is Tyler and my wife’s name is Shelley. My dog is at the moment living with my pregnant wife in Nevada Avenue, southeast corner of Colorado Springs, but on the verge of moving into our new home located here in the city. I recently got promoted at work thus making me very busy most of the time once i resume working fully. I am currently here to finalize some-paper works for the office, and more also, to supervise furnishing of the new house. My wife also runs a small scale event planning service that she runs on contract basis. Thus, limiting care for the dog once she arrives. This is a huge change for us, so this is where i hope you come in and offer us your assistance because i want everything to move smooth and stress-free during this transition, especially with Tom.

Thanks, Tyler."

Also, WHO NAMES THEIR DOG TOM??

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Just got this exact same one today!!!

William L.'s profile image William L.  ( 2020-12-08 17:41:30 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2020-01-22 19:08:04 -0500

This just happened to me today (1.22.20). A woman, Debra, messaged me sounding demanding, grammar was strange, sounded like English maybe wasn’t her first language. Wanted me to walk her 2 dogs, Lucy and Maggie, 3 times a week, for a week, any time of a day (which was somewhat strange to me because why would I walk your dogs “anytime” if you are maybe even home?). She asked me where I live and what my price is. The price is on the app... I didn’t share my address, just the general area, shouldn't matter if I’m coming to walk them. Then says she has a new home near me and they are relocating so I can meet the dogs the day they come to relocate. Then she upped the dates to more than requested on the app, just suddenly said you need to walk them 4 weeks. Said my messages were “sending in bits” and to just text, gave me her number. I texted it. Asked me to run an errand for her for an extra $100. Originally I said yes, then got to thinking about how this would work with the app. Realized this is getting weird... Then they said I need to buy the supplies before meeting her and her dogs and the supplies are needed for the meet and greet (why on earth would anything be needed and I shouldn’t have to buy anything at all ever- that’s the owner’s responsibility). Insisted I HAD to buy them before meeting them. It would be out of my own pocket then her “financial clerk” would make a check in my name and send it via mail, USPS, NOT ON THE APP or even Venmo for that matter, for the walks and cost of supplies and extra 100 for doing the “errand” - also didn’t even tell me what these so called supplies are and if it’s the same as the “errand”... I somewhat called them out on how this breaches the guidelines of Rover and I will not pay for supplies for someone else’s dogs especially when I have not met them. They responded by saying “I would have preferred the same, but you have nothing to worry about.” HMM when you tell me I have “nothing to worry about” I definitely have something to worry about when it’s a business exchange.. They also were aggressive with the texting, seemed to get upset with me for not responding for an hour (I was at my full time job...). My intuition was screaming at me. Rover flagged their account before I even reported them and told me not to communicate with them. I am so sketched out.

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This just happened to me too! Stephanie messaged me asking if I can walk her dogs three times a week at any time of day that is convenient for me. I thought that was odd, but like you said- it seemed like English wasn’t her 1st language so I thought “communication barrier, no big deal”

Laura D.'s profile image Laura D.  ( 2020-03-02 14:12:07 -0500 ) edit

Then she asked me to text her directly, again no big deal. I’ve had other Rover users prefer text over Rover. She then asked to pay me $100 for a one time errand of picking up supplies at any pet store near me. Well, why would she pay me $100 when amazon and chewy have free shipping? Too weird.

Laura D.'s profile image Laura D.  ( 2020-03-02 14:13:24 -0500 ) edit

Got it the other day, too. Any three days I choose. Nope. Wanted me to text her from my phone. Nope. Photos of dogs were fake and/or photoshopped with a baby in the background. Full grown German Shepard only 30 lbs. Big lie. Nope! Someone else already reported and she was gone.

Karen P.'s profile image Karen P.  ( 2020-03-04 14:15:32 -0500 ) edit

I got a check today from a man named Alexis and his shepherds I really wanna know how this scam works, what happens after I deposit the check?

Tasha T.'s profile image Tasha T.  ( 2020-11-17 14:38:42 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2020-01-28 12:34:29 -0500

This is happening to me right now. Profile set up today, Micheal J. Asked me to message him off rover at his cell number because he doesn’t understand how Rover works. I indulged him. We then discussed payment rate, He added another dog at full price which sounded good to me. I thought it was a little bit odd that he didn’t tell me anything about the extra dog other than it’s name, and didn’t answer my questions about whether I could walk the two at the same time. I was ok with him not being interested in a discount for the second dog but a little surprised. I figured we could discuss it at the meet and greet. Then he said he wanted me to buy supplies for the dogs as well and that I would receive a tip for the service. I thought that was odd too, but fine. Then he said he wanted to meet and greet two days before the walks were supposed to start, not this Saturday. I said that was fine too. He then said great, and that his “financial clerk” would send out a “certified check” to me via fed ex for the supplies and the month’s service in advance. He just needed my full name and mailing address. This raised red flags and I said I think we need to send and receive payment through Rover. He said that the cashiers check is more convenient for him. I said I needed to check on the website and sorry for the inconvenience but we need to follow the rules of Rover. I told him it is easy to pay on Rover with credit card or PayPal. He did not respond further.

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I just received a similar text. First off, he wanted to text me off the app He proceeded to request I pickup 12 bags raw food. His financial clerk will fedex check I asked him several times where he’s located but nothing back. What do these people get out of the scam? That’s what I want to know!

Lynn W.'s profile image Lynn W.  ( 2020-02-04 15:58:03 -0500 ) edit

Oh my gosh!! I read al these hoping one was similar to mine to see if what I was dealing with a scam or not!! You story is word for word what I am going through! I was stupid enough to fit her the exchange and provide my mailing address ( work address so hope that doesn’t get me in trouble) for the

Marley R.'s profile image Marley R.  ( 2020-02-06 09:06:44 -0500 ) edit

Check- he started mentioning if I had a proper banking account and that’s when the breaks slammed. I feel so stupid to fall for this scam. He had pictures and it seems very legit... I am definitely sticking to Rover payments ONLY- thank you for your story

Marley R.'s profile image Marley R.  ( 2020-02-06 09:08:16 -0500 ) edit

Lynn: The scam usually is over multiple emails as you go along, IF you deposit their check, initially your bank will take it, then whatever was sent will BOUNCE and you will be out of luck for any money and time spent. Rover account may be suspended & closed.

Deb A.'s profile image Deb A.  ( 2020-02-12 15:05:18 -0500 ) edit

I got the same message. I did text him off the Rover AP because I have had clients have issues with it. I met one client and helped her figure out how to book via the AP. Michael he got weird and demanding. I asked for an address and he sent me a house that is for sale. Then texted from another #.

April Y.'s profile image April Y.  ( 2020-02-16 16:39:19 -0500 ) edit

This just happened to me a couple days ago. “Mike” gave me an address that is a very nice home for sale in my neighborhood, has profile pictures & everything. Seemed legit until he asked me to buy $3500 of food supplies & bring to our m&g. I keep $100 as an “errand” fee & 1st months payment up front

Ashley S.'s profile image Ashley S.  ( 2020-12-30 15:42:46 -0500 ) edit
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