- 10 years ago
- Wedding: January 2009
Hi everyone, I have a public service announcement. I know many of us sell things online wedding and non-wedding related. I became a two dress bride and am currently trying to sell my first dress. Today I got an email from a scammer. Many of us know that this is a scam but some people don’t realize that it is a scam so I wanted to post the emails to warn everyone not to fall for it! Basically these people tell you they want your item for sale but they can only send you a cashiers check, when they send you the check they make it out for waaayyy more than what you were selling the item for. They then tell you to cash it and wire the excess to them the same day. They also tell you that they will have a shipping company pick up the item for sale. After a few days the check is found to be a fake and the money taken from your account, but by this time all the money is gone and you are stuck without all that money (sometimes thousands of dollars!) and without your item! So please everyone be careful of this scam and don’t fall for it! Just ignore the emails! You can also tell it’s a scammer by the terrible english, poor grammer and poor spelling.
The first email:
I am interested in immediate purchase of your Weeding Dress,but before i
proceed on this transaction i will like to ask some question as follow. i can
only raise cashier check or money order for the payment of your Weeding Dress so
i will like to know if the Weeding Dress is still available and also if is in
good condition?Please your answer on this, will enable me to issue your payment
to you asap
1. Do you accept a ( Cashier Check / Money Order)as a mode of payment?
2. What is the firm price of the Weeding Dress?
3. Will you let a shipping company to come to your house for the pick up of the
4. Do get back to me with your contact info where you want the payment to
5. I will like you to contact me to my personal email address which is
The second email: (after I sent a response telling them no cashiers check, and no pick-up shipping company)
<table border=”0″ cellspacing=”0″ cellpadding=”0″><tbody><tr><td valign=”top”>Hello,
Thanks for your response, The price of the Dress is fine by me and i will like to inform you that there will be an excess fund on the check that you are going to receive and as soon as you receive it you are to get it cashed in your bank or any place that does the task and deduct your Dress price from the money and have the rest of funds wired via western union or money gram to the shipping company,so that they will be able to come for the Dress pick up at your giving location,and i will like to ask
you some question before i can proceed:
1.can i trust you with the money?
2.will you be able to wire transfer the excess the same day you receive the certified cashier check ?
3.will u be available when the shipping company will be coming for the pickup?
4.can i take you for your words?
I will be waiting for your answers and i want you to consider these Dress sold to me and kindly get back to me with the full name you want on the payment and the address you want it to be sent to.
There you have it! Please be careful when selling things online!!! The dress is still for sale by the way (NWT Oleg Cassini CT221 white size 10).