(Closed) Help–Selling dress–is this offer legit?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would think if it’s a cashier’s check it would be legit.  Unless she is some crazy counterfeiter and made her own cashier’s check.  But IMO, if someone is into something like that, they would be using those “skills” somewhere other than wedding dress websites.  LOL  Smile

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I think Paypal is the best way to go (for buyer and seller protection). I would seriously consider demanding payment via paypal. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Alot of people the people that DO scams want to send Cashiers Check/Check!! Be careful! You should only accept Paypal if you have to ship it! Both your protection and hers!!!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Just be careful because there are tons of scams out there and if it is a scam they will send a cashiers check that is fake and they probably think that before you go to the bank to deposit the check, you will go ship the dress and then you figure out the check is phony after you already said hasta la vista baby. BE CAREFUL!!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Cashiers checks are actually rather classic scam material.  I would be very cautious.  The combination of mailing label and cashiers check makes me think that the buyer wants you to receive the check, deposit it and send the dress before it clears.  Stick to your guns.  Tell her paypal or postal money order (which you should cash before you send the dress).

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

I’d suggest using escrow.com. That way nobody gets screwed.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It just seems a little fishy that she repetitively said she wants the dress sent AS SOON as payment is received.  I would just agree with her through email and then wait until the check clears to mail it.  I would definitely try and go Paypal if you can though.  I couldn’t imagine what sort of objection she would have to that, unless she is trying to scam you.  Good luck!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I wouldn’t risk it honestly. Paypal or escrow only. For one thing, the English sucks and that to me is a big tip off. My FH nearly got scammed trying to sell something online. They sent him a fake (very obviously fake) check. And called him everyday for two weeks wanting to know why he won’t cash it. He said he didn’t feel comfortable and ripped it up and sent it back and they still called. Finally, he threaten them with the police and we did not hear from them again.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

ya she is pushing the “as soon as payment is received send the dress” way too much for my comfort!

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

This looks like a scam, especially because of all the grammatical errors.  Lots of these scams are run from outside the country be people whose first language is not English, so they just don’t read like a regular email would.  Also, it’s a little shady that her email is so long, with lots of restrictions and excuses as to why things are that way.  I’ve bought tons of wedding stuff from Weddingbee classifieds and The Knot.  None of my emails was as long as this one.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’d play it safe and use paypal or escrow.  I don’t think it’s the bad English that you should worry about though… just because someone doesn’t speak or type perfect English, doesn’t mean they’re a scam artist!  Undecided

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Just to clarify I don’t mean bad english = scam but it is true that most scams like this are run from people who are not American/don’t speak very good English. My grammar is atrocious and English is not my first language. So my comment isn’t racially profiling. I don’t know, there is something to the way words are phrased in their emails like they are not comfortable with the tongue or something. It is hard to explain. Like has anyone seen an Ebay auction by a seller from China. It is very similar.

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