Post # 1
I got this response (below)to my wedding dress for sale awhile ago and didn’t go through with the sale because it seemed fishy to me. This was awhile ago. Now, I have my dress for sale on Craigslist and I received a similar reply, from a different email address/person, which makes me think that it really is some sort of scam. What do you think?
“Thanks for getting back to me, I appreciate it and just to let you know; I’m okay with the condition, the price and I’m ready for the purchase plus I’m willing to add an extra $20 so as to have it reserved in my favor. I would have really loved to come for the inspection but due to my work frame it just won’t fit in my schedule but more pictures will be deeply appreciated. My mode of payment will be by certified check which will clear within 24 to 48 hours and it will be send via courier service which will be delivered to you between 1-3days. I’ll be responsible for the pick-up besides the movers/pick up money will be included with your payment so as to avoid delay and to enable movers to schedule an appropriate time for the pick-up at your location after the check is been cashed as I have other properties to be moved alongside yours. Kindly get back to me with your full name, mailing address and phone number so as to make out the payment to you ASAP.”
Post # 3
Yeah I would think it is a scam. Who in the world offers MORE than the selling price just to “reserve” an item for sale. Most folks are going to say, I’ll send you a deposit of $X and give you the rest when I pick it up.
Post # 5
Totally a scam! Good on you for realizing something was amiss. Sounds just like a scam message someone sent me once
Post # 6
say you take cash and paypal only. willing to bet you don’t get another reply.
Post # 7
Yea i smell stinky stinky fish with that, SCAM!!! no ones gonna give you extra to to pay for a courrier service they would pay them up front!!!
Post # 8
I’ve heard of this before….a friend was listing an item and ran into this. It has something to do with having an item picked up, I think that way they can say they didn’t receive it and cancel the cheque.
Only ever ever ever accept cash and Paypal.
Post # 9
Yes, I think it’s a scam!
Post # 10
I never accept any form of payment other than PayPal for online sales. If someone wants to physically pick it up I accept cold hard cash only.
No checks, no unverified credit purchases, no exceptions.
Post # 11
total scam. I got this same email when I posted mine…word for word
Post # 13
It’s a scam! I used to work at a bank and we used to hear similar scenarios.
Post # 14
It’s a scam. I had the EXACT same email the other day.
Post # 15
Never take a check…cash only! Big fat scam!
Post # 16
If it smells fishy – don’t bother with it even if it isn’t fish!