Strange B5 Credit Card e-mail

B5JMS Poster b5jms-owner at
Wed Oct 11 04:35:15 EDT 2000

From: Angela Hays <hayscom at>
Date: 10 Oct 2000 07:27:21 -0700
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Hey guys! 

I got this e-mail today and I thought I'd ask around to see if it looks
familiar to anyone.  Either Thursday or Friday, I went to the Sierra site to
get the free stuff there.  I gave my credit card info to pay for the
shipping and handling.  I never received an e-mail confirmation from them,
but I got this e-mail today.

Dear Angela,

    We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we have had trouble authorizing
your credit card.  Please contact us to verify your credit card information
(number, expiration date, and name on the card).  Once we verify your number
we will be able to process your order.

    You can contact us at B5 at or call 800-858-4263 and ask for
reference #37.
    Please refer to Order # :1167358

Thank You,
Babylon 5 Customer Service


Are these related?  There is no mention whatsoever of Sierra.  I would think
that someone trying to verify my credit card info would at least give me a
last name or a company.  This sounds very, very fishy to me.  I called the
phone number and the guy who answered the phone said "Babylon 5.  May I help
you."  I've never heard of any company actually going by the name Babylon 5.
I told them I had the wrong number and hung up.  I'm not about to give them
my credit card until I know more.

Anyway, I thought this would be the right place to ask other people.  Does
this e-mail or "company" sound familiar?  Or is this a scam?


From: jmsatb5 at (Jms at B5)
Date: 10 Oct 2000 19:31:58 -0700
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Boy, I honestly don't have a clue on this one.  


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