Post # 1
So I’m selling my second wedding dress and I got an email over the weekend asking about it. The first email sounded odd and then I replied with very minimal answers just to see if it was a real person and this came back. I need the bees advice – if my gut is saying it’s a little “fishy” no pun intended b/c he’s “at sea”….lol – should i just not reply back to this?
“Thanks so much for getting back to me….I am about to send the payment to your PayPal account and as I have told you that i have a shipper that will come for the pick up of the item from you,but the shipper don’t use PayPal, all they use is Western Union to pay them and i am trying to send the money online but it’s not going through and I am on the sea there is no way i can find a western union agent to make the transfer to my pick up agent,so i wanted to ask if it will be OK for me to include my pickup agent’s fees together with your payments through PayPal,So you will help me wire the pick up fee to them via western Union Money Transfer immediately i pay you.I don’t mean to bother you I’m sure you understand that I’m presently on the sea and there is nothing i can do to that. The bottom line is after I have made the payments via PayPal,you will help me wire my pick up agent fee to them through western union money transfer, I just wanted to seek your consent before going ahead with the payments The sum of 750 will be added to the payment that will be send to you, 700 is going to be for the shipper, 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.
Post # 3
It’s a scam. A very common scam.
Post # 4
@NVMox2480: Sounds fishy. There has got to be someone more local, not out at sea, who will be interested…
Post # 5
@NVMox2480: Complete scam… they want you to give them 700?? HELL NO
Post # 6
@NVMox2480: Totally a scam, don’t fall for it. Yikes!
Post # 7
scam. anytime anyone tries to change the terms of payment or shipment, it’s a scam.
Post # 9
Its a scam. My husband received a similar email when selling his parachute online a couple years ago. The guy actually sent my DH a check for 2k over his asking price. Said it was a “mistake” and can my DH cash the check and wire the leftover money back to him. My DH called his bank and explained the situation and the fishy check. The bank said it was a fake check and to rip it up. The bank said they see this stuff all the time.
Apparently they send you a fake check.. you’re supposed to cash it and send them this “overage” of money & by the time the check is denied you’re out that extra money.
Your situation definitely sounds similar and very fishy. I’d keep looking for another buyer for your dress 🙂
Post # 10
Weird. There is never a reason for someone who is selling something to be involved for paying for anything. If this person really is at sea and having legitimate problems,(I don’t think so) they can get a friend or family member to sort out the shipping.
You would likely find that not only are you out the dress, but you are out the 750.
ps where on earth are they supposedly shipping this dress that it would cost 700?
Post # 11
Anything WU to an Aussie is a scam 🙁
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
I wouldn’t chance it. It does sound “fishy” to me, lol.
Post # 13
Don’t do it! They get the $700 amd then the bank realizes they paid with a bad check/card, and since you send the money via western union, you can’t get the $700 back.
this exact thing happened to my friend!
Post # 14
Ok, that’s what I thought – Fishy = Scam. Thanks girls! 🙂
Post # 15
It’s definitely a scam. It’s the scam that @CactusFlower: described.