(Closed) Holy crap I was almost scammed

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t understand how the bank can clear the check if its not valid… ???

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Aww, I’m sorry. Live and learn. At least you didn’t go through with the transaction! Several years ago, I was looking for a roommate to share my 2-bedroom apt. A scammer responded to my ad and did the same thing (wanted to pay a full year’s rent up front in a money order, but planned to overpay and have me refund the balance). I live in a college town with lots of international students, so her African address and halting English didn’t immediately faze me. But every detail just got fishier and fishier until I finally caught on, luckily before any money changed hands.

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Good for you!  These people are so tricksy these days!  When apartment hunting last year I almost got scammed, too…through Craigslist.  My motto with regards to this kind of stuff now is “if its too good to be true, then it probably isn’t”.  Its sad that we live in a world of such shady doings, but it is what it is!

Post # 21
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Honey bee

That is HORRIBLE.  Thank you SO much for sharing and I’m so glad you didn’t end up being out any money!!!

Post # 22
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Honey bee

@neontl: what were you supposed to do in this case??  not use paypal and make it a cash only deal?

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

That kind of makes me too afraid to do an online transaction now. :/

Post # 24
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Sugar bee

I’m posting that link to Facebook.  Thanks!

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I saw something similar to this on WeddingBee a few months ago! Wow! Glad you didn’t get scammed, but that’s scary.

Post # 26
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Fiance ran into the same scam for renting his Park City timeshare. He caught onto it pretty quickly and like a good citizen called the issuing bank to alert their fraud department (wasn’t a money order but a bank check).

Spoke with an employee who was perturbed he was calling, because she said “there are fail-safes to catch it and we have a fraud alert department looking out for stuff like that”. Hung up and tried back, got someone who cared and was VERY happy he called because even if the fraud dept was watching, they don’t catch everything.

He wanted to screw with the scammer and string them along but wasn’t worth the effort.

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

This almost happened to me too on ebay.  The buyer was foreign and sent me a money order for more than the dress.  It didn’t sit right so when the envelope came, I returned it to sender.  I emailed the buyer saying I wanted to cancel and they sent me a fake FBI internet fraud warning (probably just copied the ones they got!)  Months later I got the envelope they sent back with a stamp that the reciever didn’t accept.  

It really is just about being smart when buying or selling things online.  Trust your gut, if it doesn’t feel right, don’t go through with the transaction.

 

Post # 28
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Ngolden1: Oh we never cash the checks. We just take pictures of them with us making silly faces and tell the person on the other end we took the cash and aren’t sending anything to them. One guy even said he was reporting us to the FBI and we wrote back that we sent the FBI the check, email address, and since my SO is a computer nerd, we said we hacked into his system and got his ISP and home address. lol

Post # 29
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@pinkshoes: They make them look like real checks with a bank routing number and everything. They even get the paper that fades or has the crazy hologram on it.

My bank has a sign at each teller that says if a check came from Craigslist or Ebay, then you have to let the cashier know. I think they are able to do a remote verification before they deposit it into your account.

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@neontl: This is why, when FH has sold something locally (through ebay or whatnot), I go along, take a picture of them exchanging the item, and make them sign the paypal receipt with the date and time of receipt.

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Wow, I’m really sorry that happened to you. I work at a customer service counter where we’re a Western Union agent, so I’m trained on the red flags of things like that. It happens a LOT more than you think! It’s kinda scary that there’s so many people out there like that. A lot of times it’s trying to scam older people saying they’ll get money if you send money, which is never the case. Also, a lot of times they’re in another country, or have a made up person in another country to send to, then as soon as it reaches their end you’re out the money you sent! So the big things to be aware of…. 1. You will never have to send money to get money. 2. If something seems off and you don’t know the person personally that you’re in contact with. 3. Since she wanted you to deposit the check into your account, she then could probably have somehow drained your account if she knew how. She’d know the account that it was deposited into. 4. If you have a bad feeling about it.

There are a LOT more things that I can’t think of right now, but just be careful and follow your gut! Hope that’s a little bit of help to at least someone!

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