Post # 1
I’m trying to sell my second dress and I’ve been going back and forth with this girl. She’ll email me, sounding interested and needs me to get back to her ASAP then disappears for a few days/a week. Then she’ll come back with another question that needs an answer asap and disappears again. Well she finally emailed me and said, “YES! My Fiance said I can have the dress, but he’ll ONLY pay with a check.” I told her the only way that I will do the online transaction is with escrow.com. She got back to me…See email below.
I am sorry for getting back to you late, I have just been recovering as I have been admitted in the hospital over the week last week so there was no way I could get back to you . I am sorry , but my fiance insisted paying via check as its the ONLY option and form of payment he can use at this time. 🙁 As there seems to be predicament about the payment method, if you think this can be looked into and have the transaction completed , kindly e-mail me your information as requested in my previous e-mail so that we can proceed with the transaction. And if otherwise, I am sorry and I hope you find another lucky bride interested in the dress soon . 🙁 However , let me know what your thoughts are regarding this e-mail and let me know what you have decided. Thanks.
There’s no SAFE way to accept check as a payment, right? Even after it’s cleared, weeks later the bank can contact me and tell me it’s fraudulent and my dress is long gone… right? Is there a way to verify authenticity?
I want to give this person the benefit of the doubt, but I’m very cautious and my gut says, if you really want this dress, you’d do it the safe way, on escrow.com.
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
If he has a checking account, he can get a paypal account!
Post # 4
Yes she is trying to scam you. NEVER accept a check.
Post # 5
Bummer. Can’t these losers get a job and not try to steal my hard earned items?
Post # 6
Well, if you can go to a branch of the bank that the check is drawn from (ie her account is at Bank of America and you go to local BoA branch) you can cash it immediately. Once her bank gave you the money, they would have no way of getting it back from you, so you would be safe. But otherwise, you’re right. If you deposit the check in your account, it may come back bad weeks later.
If she’s not comfortable with online method, could she send you a money order or cashier’s check? Those are guaranteed funds.
Post # 7
Yeah, that sounds dodgy.
I mean if the only way these people can pay for anything is via a check then they’re going to have a lot of trouble paying for their wedding.
Post # 8
Sounds like a scam to me. I was trying to sell a second dress as well and was contacted by this person who wanted my name, address, and telephone number and was going to send me a cashiers check or money order and I told them I would only accept payment through paypal and that I will not be handing out my personal information, never heard back from them after that. Do not trust this person tell them if they cannot accept your payment terms then you can go no further with this transaction. If they are out to scam than usually that will shut them up. Please do not take any form of payment through the mail.
Post # 9
Besides paypal they could also do an e transfer sending the money straight to your email address. You don’t have to give out any of your banking information. You deposit it into your bank account online.. This is an immediate transfer- they have to have the funds in their account to be able to do this.
Post # 10
By The Way they are making fraudulent money orders and cashiers checks now that you cannot tell are fake. The bank will cash them and weeks later you will find out they were bad and they will reclaim the money from you. By then your dress would be gone. Craigslist warns about these kinds of fraud all the time. Do not take any form of payment through the mail.
Post # 11
Yep. Sorry. :/ I agree with PPs. If he can pay by check, he could pay through paypal or other means. It’s too risky, IMO.
And I’ve had someone pay me by check, the check cleared, I thought all was well. Then I get a notice and the money PLUS a fee were removed from my accounts because it bounced at the other person’s bank. Luckily, it wasn’t intentional and they paid me in cash after I showed them what happened, but it could have been bad.
Post # 12
Oh jeez! Some of your stories are really scary. I thought this was the case.
I’ve heard of scams of people overseas contacting landlords and putting down a deposit and 1st months rent. The check clears and all is fine. Then the person has to withdraw last minute because of an emergency and asks the landlord to refund the 1st months rent but he can keep the deposit. So landlord sends the money to the person. Weeks later, turns out the original check was a fraud and the landlord is out lots of money.
Post # 14
You could tell her that you won’t send the dress until the check clears, but personally I would just find another buyer.
Post # 15
Bad, bad, bad. Don’t do it, girl.
Post # 16
Scam…just the wording and grammar seems typical of a scam