Post # 31
In my job I deal with fraud a lot so I took a couple minutes to do some research on this person. The PP who reverse image searched this girl’s image is correct – it was taken off some reality show. I also searched the phone number listed on the ad which comes back to a wireless phone out of GA. However, she also seems to have some old ads listed online based out of the Cambridge, MA area still using this number.
The first thing you need to do is file a claim with paypal. Tell them that a person used a stolen picture to represent herself. Did she have pictures of the charges? You should reverse image search them if she did. I’m sure they will come up stolen from another website. If they do, let paypal know about that as well. The second thing you need to do is contact your local police department and give them all the information you have on this person. If you do nothing this person will continue to scam others. Paypal may need a copy of the police report as well. The police will direct you where to go from there. They also have better access to finding this person through phone records as long as it’s not a pre-paid phone. Unfortunately, it seems like this person has done this many times so they may not be able to be identified. The only other thing I think might be possible is if the police get the account information from paypal.
Don’t be scared of buying online in the future, just be smart about it. Always use the proper channels to exchange money in case something goes wrong. If the seller refuses to do it the right way then they ARE scamming you. These channels protect sellers as well so there should be no reason why they would avoid them.
Post # 32
dee424: Did you try talking to paypal…you seemed to have brushed that possibility off.
Post # 33
dee424: you can dispute this on paypal.
Post # 34
mrsk2015: hi and thank you for the information. how did you search for her ads and information?
Post # 35
Thank you for posting this. Whoever this is has the same scam posted on other wedding websites. I was interested in buying chargers that I found from this person on the ruffledblog. I googled the phone number I was given because I thought this may be too good to be true (and the reply she sent was worded oddly) and this post came up. Sorry this happened to you!
Post # 36
dee424: I just threw everything into google. I got her number by searching her username through weddingbee. Good luck! I hate thieves more than anything so I really hope you get your money back.
Post # 37
- Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant
I would try contacting your credit card company. I had an idsue with a retailer a few months back and i had buyer protection on my order. Paypal and my band gave me a hard time about it, but that was my case. Your credit card company or bank may be easier to deal with. Never send someone you don’t know any money through paypal as a friend, no matter how much they ask or beg.
Post # 38
I am so sorry this happened to you! On another note, did anyone read that article the picture was lifted from?!
“…I did all that when I was 14 and going into nightclubs so I don’t want to do it any more. I don’t know why people don’t get married young. I think [younger couples] look better in their photographs – they don’t have any wrinkles.”
Post # 39
dee424: Yes you can you never recieved the merchandise plus the other thread proves it was a scam. Paypal will handle it and they are quick and helpful call them!
Post # 40
nanikoa: i made the mistake of sending the money as a friend 😩
Post # 41
OHbee16: glad this post was able to help u.
Post # 42
dee424: it’s still worth a shot to contact your bank or credit card. And next time, always, always use the business transaction on PayPal! The fee difference is basically an insurance payment to protect you from fraud!
Besides, being too trusting isn’t the illegal thing, it’s committing fraud that is illegal – so if either the bank or the credit company (or the police) can help, they will. you made life harder by sending it as a friend, but not impossible!
Post # 43
dee424: International and out of state scammers can easily get a number from any state to make themselves seem legit by having a US number. I highly doubt it’s anything more than a throw away or prepaid phone. You can attempt to contact the authorities in GA but I think your best bet would probably be to contact the ones by your house.