Post # 1
I posted two flower girl dresses online for sale and have received two very strange interests. After reading other posts on this site I am confident these are scams. The users are:
Kayla Ryan – email@example.com
David Wilfred – firstname.lastname@example.org
Their emails had grammer and spelong errors and did not make sense overall. They both did not want to give me an address to ship the dresses to.
I feel these users should be blocked/deleted from this site.
Post # 3
I’m sorry you received those. In the top left hand corner of the screen you will find the support link, if you could post this in the support section the mods will take appropriate action.
Post # 4
@msmohr86: Hey, so the usernames you posted are users and go by the same name on here?
Post # 5
Post # 6
@msmohr86: Got you, thanks for clarifying. I would go to the support section as ‘tksjewelry’ has said.
Post # 7
Yeah unfortunately this site does not provide basic guidance on the classified section (similar to what you would see on say once wed or preowned.com). I wish wedding bee would insert some basic guidance and notification links in the classification section or even on the form where you submit items to buy and sell (instead there is a bunch of legal language embedded in the terms and conditions).
EXAMPLE of what other websites display on their classified sections to warn buyers or sellers
“Buying or selling anything online can feel daunting – especially when it is such an important item like a wedding gown. But it’s easy have a safe transaction if you always follow these rules:
Only use a secure payment service for the transaction. Paypal and Escrow.com both offer a protected payment method. We strongly recommend that you use one of these for payment. (Read how they work here.)
Why we don’t recommend:
Cashier’s checks, money orders and wire transfers: There is simply too much room for fraud with any of these methods. Even if a check clears your bank, it can turn up fraudulent 30 or more days later. (And you will be held responsible for the funds).
Escrow companies other than Escrow.com: There have been scams reported with other escrow companies. Escrow.com was founded in 1999, is in good standing with the Better Business Bureau and is the escrow service used by ebay.
Never ship/request a gown be shipped until full payment is made. Deposits and payment plans are fine if agreed to by both the buyer and the seller, but a gown or accessory should not be shipped until payment has been received in full.
Trust your instincts. Extreme urgency, poor grammar, an inability to provide pictures of the actual dress, use of a 3rd party shipper are all flags of a scam.
How to Spot a Fake Inquiry
Scam attempts are common in the re-sale industry. Educating yourself about the signs of a fake inquiry is the best protection.
The warning signs are:
- Interested in a immediate purchase, but doesn’t ask specific questions about your item
- Wants to make payment via check, cashier’s check, wire transfer or money order and want to use a shipper/third party for sending the dress. To have a safe transaction, the only payment you should accept is a secure payment method like paypal or escrow.com.
- Asks questions that are clearly indicated in your listing
- Uses poor grammar and/or spelling
What should do if you suspect a buyer or seller of a scam? Emaili
XYZ.com and forward us the relevant information. We can help you verify the legitimacy of the correspondence and answer any questions. XYZ investigates any reports of fraud or scam. Additionally, we filter all dress inquiries to identify potential scammers and block known ones from using our site. Every scam report makes the site safer for everyone.”
Post # 8
Hmm… David Wilfred contacted me too and I thought it seemed fishy. Good to know for sure!
Post # 9
Yep, got me too! It seemed semi-legit. I can usually spot a scam a mile away, but I honestly thought he was old fashioned and didn’t like internet transactions. He said he was sending me a certified bank check. I thought at least i can find out if it’s legit before I ship it. My item was $56 with shipping…. He sent me a $2500 check. It’s a shame you can’t even post on here for your fellow brides/bridesmaids without dealing with this!
Post # 10
@Jeore1986: Yes I have asked multiple times for the WB administrators to put some basic guidance and instructions on their classified section but they wont clarrify or address. I have posted items for sale on other websites and I have never have received as many scams as i do on this site. Its terrible!
Post # 11
I also received a huge check from David Wilfred, I guess he thought I was born yesterday. i’m sending copies of the check that I received to the bank that it was supposedly drafted from along with my fedex shipping label on the envelope that i received, maybe this will help someone find out who is trying to scam people. I did call the bank that it was supposedly drafted from, I had no intention of cashing the check, not a fan of scammers, too bad they are prying on lots of people.