(Closed) Does this sound like a fraudulent buyer??

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Just out of curiosity, since I’m not privy to how paypal security works. How does sending a request for $ allow the person to withdraw $ from your paypal acct? I understand that if you send the payment via paypal voluntarily, then that’s how scammers get $; but here you’re sending a payment request…..

Post # 18
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94 posts
Worker bee

It gives them your email addy, your real name, address etc.  I stopped using craiglist because it was getting so bad.  Then they started hitting freecycle now it is becoming a problem through etsy and ebay.

Post # 19
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2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@pren – sometimes they can reverse into it and post for a larger amount.  Other times, like someone else said, they will pay double, then write you back and be like “oops, I paid too much, please refund half” then the original money transfer doesnt go thorugh, so you’ve esentially paid out half the moeny on your own…

Post # 20
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610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@KellyV, Good to know! thanks!

Post # 21
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604 posts
Busy bee

It’s upsetting and this will sound a bit wrong, but most of the scams for money are out of Africa so that whole working for US consulate in west africa sounds kind of suspicious.

Post # 22
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1119 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

This is setting my spidey-sense tingling, that’s for sure. I wouldn’t continue with this sale if I were you.

Post # 23
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1206 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I work in the US Government and Nigeria scams are a HUGE deal.  Don’t do it, they will want you to bank wire the money or something.  The fact that the grammer is terrible and the NIGERIA in big capital letters def means a scam.  I wouldn’t even email the buyer back, put her on your spam list and keep looking!

Post # 24
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2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Total scam. As others have said, the grammar/style is all wrong for native US english speakers, and the story is weird.

Even discounting the fact that they want you to send this to Nigeria (scammer central), if you were a mother with a job that required international traveling, and a daughter who worked for the US Gov. abroad, don’t you think you would specifically state the actual country your daughter worked in? That’s just odd (they keep saying “West Africa” instead of saying point blank “my daughter works in X country”).

Sorry, but I would delete the e mail.

Post # 25
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18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yeah it just sounds weird to me.  The thing I don’t understand is how people are saying that someone pays double with paypal and then the money isn’t there?  When you pay with paypal you have to have the money in your account for it to transfer to the other person.

Post # 26
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222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

It sounds like a scam.  If it is too good to be true, it probably is.

Maybe you should post your dress up here on the weddingbee and then a real bride will buy your dress. 🙂

Post # 27
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2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Well MissAsB – with PayPal, the bigger deal is that they get your name, address, phone, and email details.  There are ways to enter and pull out the funds with a fake account, or by processing it then changing account numbers so the funds arent valid.  Ive seen a lot of shady things happen with it.  More often, theyll offer to send a check isntead, then once you deposit it they’ll ask for half back and meanwhile, the original check never clears/it bounces…so you’re out that money and have given them X amount of dollars of your own.

Post # 28
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4023 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

can you get their paypal info to try and check into it?

Post # 29
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1637 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Scam!

Post # 30
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399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

This is a scam.  Don’t respond to the new email, just let it die.  I would also forward the emails to the site where your dress is posted for sale (craig’s list, ebay, wherever) so they can flag it.  This happens all the time.

 

Post # 31
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1489 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Clear scam – every time I list something on any classified website I get this email. 

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