posted 5 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
120 posts
Blushing bee

I sell a lot of things on Craigslist, and the biggest red flag for me is when someone emails me generic questions about “the item” instead of saying “I’m interested in buying your iPad, could you meet on Tuesday?”

This is a good indication that they copy and paste the same email/message to multiple people systematically. If someone wants to buy my iPad, they’ll write an email specifically for me, and there’s no reason to call it “the item” or inquire if it’s still available. It’s also a red flag to me when they ask the price of “the item” even though it’s listed online.

Post # 4
1010 posts
Bumble bee


Good catch on the generic tone!

I usually notice that about scams too, I try to see if it could apply to everyone or anything…but I actually didn’t catch it in this one!


Thanks for posting!

Post # 5
11 posts

I got 3 emails like this from james08,Jonajj10000,jack1

Email 1 from james08:

i am interested in purchasing your item with a cashier check or personal

check but before i proceed i will like to ask you some few questions

1. what is the final price of the item
2. what is the condition of the item
3. What year was it manufactured
4. What is the weight of the item
5. will you accept a cashier or personal check as a mode of payment
6. Will you allow our shipping company come for the pick up of the item
7. Do get back to me with your full name and address with your phone
number to mail the payment out to you overthere asap.

E-mail me to [email protected]


Email 2 from Jonajj10000:(It doesn’t like a scam from his first email,so I responsed him,and got his replied,he asked for my persional details too.)

I saw your Post on Weddingbee regarding this(wedding dress), I am highly Interested in making an urgent Purchase of this and also make you an offer Please get back to me with more recent Picture of this and your final asking price Please reply me here [email protected] e-Mail only…Thanks

here is the second email after I responsed him

Thanks for your reply concerning my inquiry, I am quite comfortable with the price and the condition of the item but due to the nature of my work and due to the condition of my daughter, I can not make or receive phone call at the moment due to call is not allowed at the Hospital here. I will be adding $50 to the purchase price, I want you to hold it for me before any other interested person. Please provide your full name, Address and your Phone number so that I can issued the payment out ASAP. I will be paying you by Certified check. It will take 1-3 days for the payment to get to you. As for delivery, I will make arrangements for the pick-up after you might have received the payment, If this meets your approval, kindly get back to me, as soon as possible, with your name, phone # and mailing address where payment will be sent, so that I can make an arrangement on the Check.

Note: As soon as you have your money in hand, we can talk about the picking up of the item. I would like you to take the posting off the Market Place site today because I will be making the Payment as soon as you get back to me with your Payment info.

Thanks and God Bless you.
Jonathan Jones

Email 3 from jack1:

what is your last price for this item? please reply me back directly to my mail box address [email protected] so that we can finalize the sale thanks

here is the second email from this ID

thanks for your mail i will give you $400 USD for it including shipment
cost if my offer is accepted please send me your PayPal account email
address now so that i can make the payment right now thanks

Post # 6
4 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

@rubysimith:  I got the exact same email, word for word! Mine came from [email protected]. I also got a similar one from [email protected].

When I asked “Bob Landtiser” how he planned on picking up the dress since he didn’t even know what state it’s in (CT) he became beligerent and went on a rant about how he’s buying this for his pregnant daughter, etc etc:

Yes I am in Madison, FL now due to my daughter condition I did explain this to you I am from CT but currently in Florida thats where my daughter live and she is Pregnant about to gave birth and she is my only survived daughter so you should Understand my condition and let me know if you still want to Proceed and we can Proceed to the next step.


Sir Bob Landtiser”


The thing that confuses me is how they always say they will arrange for the item to be picked up. Do they actually plan on having someone come get it? That seems pretty unlikely.


Post # 7
5788 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Wow I got a similar email about a ring I had listed here! It seemed fishy for the same reason pp mentioned—asking about the item generically. So glad I didnt respond! I figured if it was for real the person would ask again!

Post # 8
16 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

same happened to me selling my dress :(…


[email protected]

[email protected]


these bastards emailed me asking for the dress, i must said i got very excited since is the seasno of holidays and an exra money is always welcome but id dint happened, i just hope some body caughts them.. is not fair…

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