Post # 1
I recently recieved an email from firstname.lastname@example.org regarding the dress I am selling. The first email seemed innocent enough, but the follow up email seemed fishy. It seems to be a more recent version of the oliviamark137 alert that was posted about 4 months ago. You can see the email below:
Thanks for mailing back,I’m a honest and straight forward person and always want to be treated the same way, are you sure of the dress condition?this is only what can make me to be worried cos i can not come over to view it,i am an oceanographer and i am buying this dress as a gift for my sister which she won’t know nothing about it until it get delivered to her,i am at sea right now,and I can only pay through PayPal and you can put the PayPal charges on me because as at present,i don’t have access to my bank account online,but i have it attached to my PayPal account,So please kindly get back to me immediately so i can proceed with the payment and after the payment has been done,i have a pick up agent that will come around to pick the dress up immediately after payment.
hope to read from you soon.
Post # 3
@sablejack: Same shit I got. Im ignoring him.
Post # 4
Yeah, I’m suspicious any time someone talks about a pick-up service.
Post # 5
Respond in Pirate:
And oceanographer, AYE? ARRRGH I BE SORRY THE SEAS ARE MIGHTY ROUGH, I CANNA’ COPLETE YOUR REQUEST YARRRHHHH
Post # 7
I received the same email! It sounded really shady, am going to ignore him.
Post # 8
@sablejack: i had a very similar email when i was selling a high end jewellery item a few years ago. he was at sea, the item was a gift, never negotiated price, insisted on paypal, etc. in fact, the same person sent me the exact same email for a completely separate jewellery item within a few weeks of the first.
Post # 9
yes i just recieved a email from him… glad i googled it – seems like thi email@example.com is a scam
Post # 10
I just received one too! So glad I googled it! I wonder what the scam is anyway? Like, if you pay through paypal, isn’t that pretty safe?
Post # 11
Ugh I just received an e-mail from them too! I got my hopes up because I got some interest in my Maggie Sottero Divina gown that I am selling only to realize it was a scam. Hopefully I can have some luck moving forward….
Post # 12
@sablejack: I received a whole bunch of scam mail when I listed my dress for saie on this site. I ended up pulling the advert because it was so bad (coupled with the lack of controls or basic monitoring on this site). In the end I sold the dress on oncewed to another bride without any of these problems (I did not receive not one scam inquiry).
Post # 13
thanks everyone. i got that first “innocent-sounding” message too, but since i love googling, i thought i’d check before writing back. won’t bother now… *sigh*
Post # 14
- Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
@llgraham: I also though that Paypal is supposed to be safe?? They are not getting your address or anything this way are they?
@sablejack: I had something similiar occur through craigslist. The conversation was going well via text messaging. But then when it came down to them actually purchasing the gown I was selling, the person texts “I can send you a certified cashier’s check and have another person “pick it up” for me. All I need is your address to send the check.” I told them I do not give out my address and instead gave them the option of using Paypal to make the payment. They texted back that they did not have a Paypal account. So I told them that they didn’t need a Paypal account to send money to someone…you only needed the person’s email address or telephone number to make a payment, which they already had this info of mines. It was a a scam and I didn’t fall for it. You have to be careful these days because this person was really after my address. Probably thought I was a lonely girl selling my wedding gown…wrong honey, I am about to be someones wife who just happened to have dress regret. Try to come to my house if you are brave…there will be something waiting for you when you get in town lol!
Post # 15
i got another one from “Gina” who lists her wedding date as March 1 and “urgently” needs something:
Hi, This is Gina, I am Interested in making an urgent purchase of this would you please e-Mail me more recent pics of this as I need to show it to my husband as well as the final asking price to my e-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
….Looking forward to hear from you soon…Gina
and after my reply, I got this:
Thanks for your reply concerning my inquiry, I am quite comfortable with the price and the condition of the item but due to the nature of my work and due to the condition of my daughter, me and my husband have decide to purchase this in a legal way. I will be adding $100 to the purchase price, I want you to hold it for me before any other interested person. Please provide your full name, Address and your Phone number so that I can issued the payment out ASAP. I will be paying you by Certified check. It will take 1-3 days for the payment to get to you. As for delivery, I will make arrangements for the pick-up after you might have received the payment, If this meets your approval, kindly get back to me, as soon as possible, with your name, phone # and mailing address where payment will be sent, so that I can make an arrangement on the Check.
Note: As soon as you have your money in hand, we can talk about the picking up of the item. I would like you to take the posting off the Market Place today because I will be making the Payment as soon as you get back to me with your Payment info.
Thanks and God Bless you.
Post # 16
UGH, same thing just happened to me from “Gina Hancock”.
I’m selling the one shoulder tulle gown by Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal and I was really excited to hear someone was interested.
I just sent the e-mail response off to her with pictures and then thought to look at her username. She registered today and is “getting married” on March 22nd… realized that didn’t make sense and found this on here… blah 🙁