I was contacted twice tonight by a TTD interpretor (sp). TTD is for deaf people as a way of telephone contact.
The following is an email I recieved from the gentleman requesting a wedding cake:
thanks for the phone conversation and i want this understated cake done for me.
Basic Cake Flavors.... White.
Specialty Fruit Fillings... Red Raspberry
Cake Flavors... Chocolate Fudge
Specialty Flavors..... Italian... A delightful moist cake with chopped pecans and coconut topped off with cream cheese icing
Cake Enhancements.... Cake Stands & Plateaus
Icings: Vanilla fondant
And i want the decoration to be flowers.
Design.. Icing Roses and fondant leaves covered in gold luster dust adorn this cake.
And i want you to understand that the cake is needed for a wedding on the 25th of October and it will be picked up at your place by the 24th So i will look forward for the cost of the cake so i will be able to forward you my credit card number and expiration date.
Somehow this feels like a scam but I'm not sure..What do you all think?
Boy I'm not sure either. It has the markings of other scams but most of them were very obvious w/misspellings and unusual phrasing.
Seems to me I've heard on these message boards of others getting messages thru TTD that ended up being scams.
What makes me think this might be real is they are not asking *yyou* for any account # etc. Maybe you should follow up & give them a quote. If they want to pay over the amount you quoted & have you send to to another vendor run like the wind!
this sounds LOT like the recents scams going around. it has several red flags in there, first from the TTC system, the lack of proper english and that they will pick up from you and give you their cc# when you quote them. I would run away form this, do not respond.
Is this your website: http://www.creativecakedesignsllc.com/index.htm
The phrasing of the email is all taken from descriptions on that website...so if it's your website then the order is probably legit, otherwise I'd be thinking it was a scam. Someone might copy a picture from somewhere and email it to you, but copying word for word the descriptions from a website is a litte weird.
No that isn't my website and I do find it curious that the wording is the same.
I emailed and requested a consultation and tasting. He relied back that it was for his son and sent a photo of the cake he wants. I replied back that I will not allow someone else to pick up a 5 tier cake and I wanted to meet with the bride and groom.
Dunno but it sure feels fishy to me. I'll see what more they have to say.
hahahah definately a scam. Run from this one.
It's a scam. All that's missing is "Happy Marriage Life", but the other telltale signs are there. Don't even waste your time pursuing it, just let it drop.
They may not have asked you for your info yet, but once you give them the quote, they'll need your bank account info so that they can wire it directly into it. Run like there's no tomorrow!
You'd need more info to quote a price anyway. How many attending the wedding? What SIZE for the 5 tiers? What SHAPE? What color for the roses besides the Luster dust, what style/placement? There's too little info from them... smells fishy to me...
If the order is for his son, then why is the son not ordering it? If the son is deaf then he could of contacted you the same way, right? If they will not meet you in person, then it is definately a scam.
I agree, scam.
Do you ever just make a cake based on an e-mail request? That would scare me. Besides that, I only accept cash and certified checks.
Let us know how it turns out and Good Luck.
It's a scam. I insisted on meeting with the bride and groom and haven't heard back. I also refused to let someone pick up a 5 tier cake.