(Closed) WEDDING DRESS SCAM

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I feel like whenever anyone says something like this “I would have loved to come check it out my self but am currently in camp as military instructor for new recruits”  it’s obviously a scam

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Le sigh. As soon as you hear “Western Union” you know it’s bad news. I see what you mean that the use of PayPal seems legit, but even the early emails are written poorly and seem suspicious to me. Glad you stopped it before things went further! 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My sister had a scammer send a faked paypal email to her saying that money has been transferred and it was not in her paypal account at all.  The email looked completely authentic, too, until you look over the email address where the email was sent from and it was a fished email address. 

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m surprised you even answered the first e-mail, no offense. You can tell by the fact that they don’t know how to speak English. She gave the name Barbara, she ain’t no Barbara with that lack of English lol

Plus, anytime someone mentions Paypal and/or sending a courier it’s a scam. I thought everyone knew that :

Notice the difference in the amount ($350 – $400) that’s their way of them coming back at you to say you didn’t pay them enough. They’ll come back at you with threats for the payment. Don’t EVER let them know your address.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

She gave her name and address? You should go to the police! The only reason many scammers get away with it is that they are overseas. If she’s in colorado, she will probably at least be on the hook to pay some fines. If brides have been defrauded, I’d rather see her municipality get that money than her to spend it on drugs or trashy manicures or something.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@EffieTrinket:  It’s a fake name and address though I bet. But it’s worth investigating.

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Thanks for sharing your experience! I just got the same exact email for a dress that I’m selling! It’s so sad people make a living by cheating others…

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I HAD THE SAME PERSON TRY TO SCAM ME…WHAT AN IDIOT. DOES SHE REALLY THINK THAT I WOULD MAKE ANY PAYMENTS TO A THIRD PARTY ON A STRANGER’S BEHALF?  AND WHO BUYS A DRESS A WEEK BEFORE THEIR SISTER’S WEDDING FOR $4000. THIS IS WHAT THE EMAILS SAID TO ME:

Hi Molly,
I have just made the payments and PayPal emailed me confirming this. So please check your PayPal email address for the Pay Pal confirmation email. I included my pick up agent fee together with your payment,so you will proceed and Wire the excess which is $750 to my pick up agent to enable them make a booking for the picked up of the item.Please wire the agent fee to them via Western union Money Transfer.
 
So please do send $700.00 through Western union and use the remaining change of $50 as Western union charge.You can easily Walk to Western union office around you.After you have sent the money please get back to me asap with the Western union details, the MTCN Number which you will be given by Western union agent after you have sent the money as well as the sender’s name and address so i can forward it back to PayPal for your money to be  put through or you can email it to PayPal directly,that is alright as well.
 
Here is my pick up agent’s info that you will need to send the money to through Western union:
 
Barbara Green Sproch
1502 Claremont Ave.
Pueblo, Co 80808
United State.
 
I will need the address where the item will be picked up,as my pick up agent will contact you to book a pick up time after they have received payments but they will have to book a time that is convenient for you.
Best Regards

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

 

@Lyndzo:  +1 The way it’s written and the “I’m in military camp and buying it for my sister” just screams scam.

There are heaps of these scams about, a friend of mind had similar emails about a car he was selling.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@EffieTrinket:  it unlikely that the person “Barbara” even knows whats going on if shes a real person..

You can tell by the email the person doesn’t know english and is overseas. (Likely Nigeria where most of these scams orginate) Barbara is probably the in between person. She likely just picks up the money froms Western Union and sends it overseas.

Sadly these scammers pretend to be someone they are not and get in relationships with people here in the states and those people become the in between person without knowing anything.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It’s a popular Craigslist scam Too. I used to get those all the time. I now only sell on eBay even though they take a large cut.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Lyndzo:  I agree, the horrible grammar and the “OK?” is them tryng to convince you everything IS ok. lol  

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

First email would have made me suspicious due to the grammar.  Not sure I would have replied, but the second email is way scammy.

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