Post # 1
I got a bogus offer by someone offering to by my dress. It sounded fishy (I’ll send you a money order and then someone will pick it up and then after it clears the bank you can send back excess money that would have covered shipping…), so I looked it up on google, and sure enough, there are other reports of this individual scamming. So this is just a friendly neighborhood warning to check and double check if anyone offers to buy your dress, and don’t sell to “Billy Powell!”
Post # 3
Yeah, never ever fall for the people who say that they will send you a money order for more than what you are asking. That is always a scam. Glad you didn’t fall for it!
Post # 4
its funny because we get this all the time at the bank i work at, i dont understand why someone would think that this is not a scam…but i have seen a lot of our members get burned by it that have fallen for it…
Post # 5
Yep, I received like FIFTY of these sorts of scam offers when I posted an ad to sublet our apartment on craigslist. To people really think it doesn’t seem fishy to have you send back some excess amount of cash? And then of course, they were always all too willing to agree to rent the apartment, sight unseen, no info about it asked for whatsoever. Nuts.
Post # 6
I used to post tutoring ads on craigslist and id get these all the time, my kid will be in your area with a nanny- buy books and send back the rest. I once emailed once back and said they shoud consider actual tutoring because their scam was so stupid.
Post # 7
that almost happened to me too! I bought the Viktor and Rolf for H&M wedding dress and put it up on ebay and someone tried to do that… i didn’t catch it right away, and they sent me the fake money order. My mom returned to sender (in england) and then it got returned back to us. I then got a fake email from the FBI charging me with internet fraud, but there was no place for me to email the “FBI agent” back, and the email address it came from was a fake site… 4 years later, and there is no warrant out for my arrest… BE CAREFUL!
I still have the dress because i am too nervous to do that again… if anyone wants it….
Post # 8
Oh, I replied back saying how I was uncomfortable selling under such conditions but would happily agree to sell it through paypal or receive cash or money order for the exact amount from their “picker” in the area. I then proceeded to mention that I was concerned because hey, as a savvy internet user who is capable of selling a dress online, I am also capable of searching for my buyers information and found the other scam warnings. Funny, I haven’t heard back.
Post # 9
I had 3 of these people last week e-mail me about the one i’m trying to sell. They’re really out there in force.
Post # 10
Those scams show up when selling furniture or looking for apartments too. My friends fell for it once…it was awful!
I always google the e-mail addresses when selling things on CL just tp be sure!
Post # 11
@Ms Scarlet: This particular scammer came up with a warning from someone who was trying to sell horse tack online! They’ll hit anybody. 🙁
Post # 12
This BILLY POWELL just contacted me wanting to buy my dress with a cashiers check too!!! Thanks so much Amaryllis for your warning, you saved me from a huge mistake. How sad is it that people go to these lengths for money…
Post # 13
i sold avon for a while and omg these were everywhere but thanks so much for giving us all the heads up you just never can tell sometimes
Post # 14
I just posted this on a classifieds thread, but in the interest of spreading the word, and hopefully to keep others from being scammed, I’m reposting here on the boards:
All the warnings are true, if an email from a buyer seems fishy, don’t bite.
If you’re not sure, try looking at the email headers and hunt down the IP address location using something like iplocation.net. There may be multiple IP addresses, i.e. a hotmail address will be linked to seattle (Microsoft). I’m attaching a screenshot of the header of an email I received today with my yahoo email address blurred. The last IP address you see, above the offending email, “Kristina Carter <[email protected]>”, is [188.8.131.52] – that IP address is from Nigeria.
Above all, just use common sense. I wish there was a way to deal with these scammers other than ignoring them. Here was the email “Kristina” sent me:
Thanks for your e-mail.I am sorry i didn’t get back at you soon.I am interested in the purchase of the gown for my wedding . I like the dress as it is on the Listing.The dress is absolutely beautiful.,I have few questions though regarding the gown ;
Does it need to be dry cleaned/steamed ?Do you have it in a factory bag/garment which you can use to first package it before you put it in a box to ship?Do you ever get it hemmed?
Also, thanks for the additional pictures. Is that you wearing the dress in the photo? It’s absolutely beautiful, i love it on you.I’m not local and I am afraid i won’t be chanced to come see it and try it on and that’s why i will be responsible for the shipment.I think that would be a better idea to get it steamed immediately i receive it in the mail. How much would you ship the dress without shipping fee? Also let me know if you can ship to Arlington, TX US if i choose to handle the shipping and handling? All this i need to let my fiance know about because he’s funding. I look forward to hearing from you.Thanks.
Post # 15
This happens on Craigslist all the time.
Post # 16
@Miss Tattoo: agreed, and it is super awful! I can’t believe the effort some put in to scam others. What is the world coming to!