Post # 1
So I’m trying to sell my wedding dress on WeddingBee. I got two really good inquires from a lady names Gina Chavez. She was asking all the opropriate questions I would think any soon-to-bride would. I sent pictures, and everything!! Things were going GREAT!! She said she was sending me a certified check in the mail, so I patiently waited for it (that should have been my first warning sign!). But I just received it this morning, and is had an additional $1,700 added to the amount!!! Woozers!! I emailed her about it, and that’s when everything started to crumble for “Ms. Gina Chavez”. She said she had a shipping company that was going to pick up the dress, and I had to wire the $1,700 to Western Union for the shipping cost. Ladies, if anyone is willing to pay $2,250 for a dress, why in the world would you pay for a used one?!? I then, did a little research about this check and where it came from. The check was obviously FAKE!! The people make this check in their printer, and used some poor little credit union in Michigan’s name. I looked up the bank, the scammers changed the zip code on the check! Dirty dogs!! Lol smh. I then looked up the senders address, it’s a hospital in Brooklyn New York!! What the hell man!?! Lol. Needless to say, I didn’t cash the check. But please look out for these kind of people, wanting to send extra money to have a third party shipment company pick up the dress. They tell you to deposit the check in your account, and take the rest out for the shipment…… A couple of weeks later, you bounce the check, and overdraft your accounts. And it’s your responsibility to pay all that money back!! Don’t trust them!!!
Post # 3
I had someone do a similar thing to me when I tried to sell my first gown on here. I ended up selling it on ebay. Everything on ebay went smooth. I will never try to sell or buy on the bee again.
Post # 4
@MrsPowell2U: Sneaky b@$tards. lol. I received an email as well. I couldn’t exactly figure out their plan, though. They asked me the condition of the dress and if I would accept Paypal as a means of payment. Then said to not worry about shipping, their “agent” would pick it up… o.O
I responded that it’s new, unused, with tags and comes from a smoke-free home; I would accept wire transwer or cashiers check, certified from the bank. The person responded by asking the same questions again only worded differently. Obviously I didn’t even bother to reply.
I can’t figure it out. PayPal is a secure means of payment, right? Unless you can use a debit card that doesn’t have enough funds in it?
Post # 5
I hate to hear stories like these! I’ve personnally purchased a few items on “the Bee”, and I have thought about listing a couple. With the items that I have purchased, I have been very satisfied with the prices and quality. The transactions have always been smooth, and the items have shipped in a timely fashion. It’s too bad that scamming creeps are going to end up ruining this marketplace for the rest of us that really do want to connect and do business.
Post # 6
Im always so scared of this happening to me, im looking at buying some decor and also possibly my dress through the bee. I cant believe some people actually do that on this website!! not cool 🙁
Post # 7
Anytime someone uses wire transfer, money order, or cashier’s check it’s probably fraud. It’s the most classic/obvious Craigslist-style fraud. I’m surprised people still try this, given how well known the scam is! Must still work some of the time!
Post # 8
@OnceUponATime: Don’t accept wire transfers or cashiers check!! It’s very easy to fraudulently give someone something that they think was deposited successfully. By the time the bank figures out it is fake a few days or weeks later, the person is long gone with your dress/items! Paypal is way safer – the only caveat there is that it is buyer biased, so it’s really easy for someone to dispute the purchase to ask for a refund even if nothing is wrong. Escrow.com is a good alternative – I think some of the used dress sites use that instead of Paypal (or at least suggest it).
Post # 9
@OnceUponATime: I just advertised my dress on the bee. Think the same scammer tried to contact me. The conversation went the same with the buyer asking questions then mentioning their shipping agent. The final e-mail was a copy of the answers to their questions sent back to me. Does anyone know how to report potential scammers to the site administrator?
Post # 10
UGH! This didn’t happen to me with a dress – but it did with my business. I knew it was phony to begin with though because it was super obvious… some model from France is coming to my area (really, a French model coming to Harrisburg, PA? Mhm..) and her massage therapist e-mailed me looking for a massage therapist like me in the area that could see her 15 times over 5 weeks adding up to $1200.. but then they send you a check for $2400 or whatever…
Anyway, turns out they do this same thing. The check they send will bounce after you reimburse them for the extra they sent. Unforunately, I know someone who fell for it and was out $1200. 🙁
Post # 11
Same thing happend to me last week.
A LENON NANCYY contacted me via E-Mail and asked for condition of the item and if it is possible to pay via paybal. She told me that she is an ozeanograph and sends her shipping agent to pick up the dress at my home town (!!! I live in Vienna/Austria!!!). She would pay me the price of the dress plus $ 740 which I should transfer to Western Union for the shipping agent. I told her, that this sounds very weird for me and she should stop anything concerning payment because I do not sell the dress to her. Nothing ever came back.
It sounded like illegal dealing for me. And when I transfer the money to Western Union, they have my name and account for maybe a illegal drug dealing. Who knows. I still cannot imagine how this scamming sould work, but be careful.
Here is the first mail:
How are you doing? I’m interested in immediate purchase of your item, what is the present condition? Do you accept PayPal as mode of payment? I will want you to get back to my direct email for a quick respond ( email@example.com @yahoo.com) or get back to me with your email to reach you direct.
Reply back to firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks.”
Reply To Name: lenon
Weddingbee > http://www.weddingbee.com
Email sent on: Friday August 9, 2013 at 8:27 pm
And the last mail:
“I am paying the money to your PayPal account and It is possible to send the money via Western Union website directly, you can just login to http://www.westernunion.com to get to know more about it and also you can just walk into any Western Union outlet or store near you, well $790 will be added to the payment that will be send to you, $740 is going to be for the shipper since I also have other items to be pick up near your location, while the remaining $50 will be the Western Union fee to send the shipper’s fee to them. so, I will like you to get the shipper’s fee send to them via Western Union as soon as you receive the payment confirmation in your PayPal email account. Well I understand all what you mean, but you will just have to do it for me because I also have some other item there in your area that I also bought and my shipper will be picking them all up for me, but I am trusting you with the shippers fee because of the honest and trustworthy that you showed me since the beginning of this transaction, so I will like you to just find the little time to get the money transfer to the shipper via Western Union as soon as possible, you are to get the money transfer to them as soon as you received the PayPal payment confirmation in your PayPal email address, so that they can come for the immediate pick up of the item from you.”
Post # 12
@OnceUponATime: paypal isn’t in one regard that I’m aware of…
I used to sell stuff on a mommy board I was on and one of the biggest scams there was charge backs on credit cards, never ever take a CC payment from someone you don’t know on paypal. I think funded paypal (IE a bank money transfer…and ask paypal when in doubt) is safe because it was money in their account, and if you have proof of mailing said item (delivery confirmation is all paypal requires) then you shold be safe.
Post # 13
I don’t have my dress on any site right now other than craigslist and I get the scam emails and texts on the daily….
I’ve taken to lecturing them and or sharing a few four letter words with them LOL
Btw what credit union in Michigan is it? I wonder if its in my hometown…I’d love to trace these jerks down and bust them. I actually considered giving them my contact information as the local police station LOL
Post # 14
Anytime someone overpays for anything then asks you to send them the money via Western Union that is a huge red flag. This happened to a friend who is a wedding videographer, he was overpaid by $1600 and was then asked to return only $1400 for his trouble of getting over to Western Union. The check looked like it was from a major U.S. Corporation and had “certified” on the check. They just hope that you’ll send money before you find out the check is bounced.
Post # 15
@crayfish: No worries. I work for a million dollar industry and manage high dollar wire-transfers all the time. Our bank knows what is legit and what isn’t. Plus, I would wait the full week until it clears. lol
@delphinia: I’m not sure contacting the administrator will help much 🙁 Our info is just listed publicly for anyone to contact. They don’t have to be registered on the bee. (Though, this might be a good idea!)
@missglitterbee: Buying shold be pretty safe! Just ask them to take extra pictures and always request an unusual angle that a fraud wouldn’t be able to take. You can always ask the person to list it on ebay if it would make you feel a little safer.
Post # 16
I’m looking for an Allure 8970 to buy, I am legit 🙂
if anyone knows of one for sale please message me!