Questioning An Email I Just Got...need Some Advice

Decorating By cocobean Updated 22 Mar 2011 , 4:17pm by costumeczar

cocobean Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 2:23am
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I am selling a (fake) four tierd wedding cake with embossed fondant and strands of faux diamonds and ribbon around each tier. The top tier has one large gumpaste flower on top.
Here is the email I just recieved. What do you think?? Any advice would be appreciated!

Hello seller, My name is Capello Anita am from united state of american,is like am highly intrested in immediate purchase of your item so i will love to know some details about this item and here are the question below..............

1 Are you the true owner of this item

2 How old is this item

3 How much is the finla asking price for this item

4 And i will love to know if you will accept certified cashier cheque.

and more so, i will want you to know that you dont have to bother your self about the shipping i have my shipping company who will come for the pick up once the payment has been paid to u.so kindly get back to me asap.


NOTE...........you can get back to me via my email so that i can reply intime

19 replies
pastryjen Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 2:27am
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Hit Block Sender!

cakeflake80 Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 2:29am
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Definitely a scam.

BlakesCakes Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 2:31am
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Classic scam.
Someone will need a cash payment.
They'll send extra $ in the check to cover it.
You'll give the "shipper" the cake & the cash.
Your bank will find out that the check is no good.
You're out the cash, the cake, and have fees taken out of your account......run, run!

Rae

CakeswLove Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 2:36am
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icon_confused.gifthumbsdown.giftapedshut.gif ...........DELETE !

hoopb2 Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 2:48am
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SCAM SCAM SCAM...... don't give out your address!!!! RUN BLOCK

leah_s Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 2:49am
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ditto everyone else. Surprised you haven't seen it before.

JenFailla Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 2:59am
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we had this happen when we were looking for apartments in NYC- they would post a craigslist add for an incredible apt, at an incredible price! My hubby kept the emails going for a while just for "poops" and giggles and it was incredible what these people will go through to explain why they can't get you on the phone. First it was that email was more efficient. Then it was that they would call you through a TTY service because they were deaf and mute and couldn't speak on the phone- it was so funny!!!! Thankfully we recognized this as a scam right away and would contact the building manager of the apartment listed to let them know. My first clue to those scams is ALWAYS the very broken English/ poor grammar. RUN, FORREST, RUN!! icon_smile.gif

ajwonka Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 3:01am
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Yikes! Delete!

ajwonka Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 3:02am
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Yikes! Delete!

cocobean Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 3:56am
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Got it! Thanks everyone! I am totally convienced that it is a SCAM.
Decided I would play with them for awhile for fun. Here is what I wrote back...

Hello, mrsanita, happy to see you would like to purchase the wedding cake.

Here are the answers to your questions:

1. Yes, I am the true owner of this item

2. Item is a couple of months old

3. Final asking price is as listed $465.00

4. Since you have your own shipping company, I will ONLY accept CASH, when you send your shipper to my door to pick up the cake!!

hehehe lets see what they say to that!

cocobean Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 4:00am
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... how funny, they quickly responded back with this...
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no i can`t do it that way okay, i will send the cheque to you and you will cash it okay

...so then I just sent another one that said, "No, sorry mrsanita! CASH or no cake from me! icon_cool.gif

Wonder what their next response will be. hehehe icon_lol.gif

indydebi Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 4:30am
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yeah ... anytime they offer to send their own shipper, its a scam.

cake_architect Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 4:52am
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haha glad you're having fun with it!

costumeczar Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 12:50pm
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I tell them that they need to have their shipper use boxes made from reticulating hydroplosion plastic or there will be damage to the product. And I only take cash in the amount of $50,000 and I'll refund the difference to them in a certified cashiers check. They usually don't write back.

mayo2222 Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 1:19pm
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You can normally tell just by the horrible english that its a scam.

costumeczar - I love your response thumbs_up.gif I'm guessing no ones sent you $50,000 in case yet icon_wink.gif

CiNoRi Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 1:50pm
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Just an FYI.... I would be leery about responding to emails like these... in some cases this is a setup in order to find out if your email address is valid... upon getting a response the the "scammer" , or "Hacker" can use your email address for spam, viruses, etc.

Another big way to protect yourself, is in your email settings turn off images, this makes it so that when you get an email with graphics/images, you have the option to accept or decline them. You would be surprised to find out what malicious things a person can do- just by you viewing and email with images.

If you need more info or need help setting that up feel free to PM me icon_smile.gif

imagenthatnj Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 2:15pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CiNoRi

Just an FYI.... I would be leery about responding to emails like these... in some cases this is a setup in order to find out if your email address is valid... upon getting a response the the "scammer" , or "Hacker" can use your email address for spam, viruses, etc.

Another big way to protect yourself, is in your email settings turn off images, this makes it so that when you get an email with graphics/images, you have the option to accept or decline them. You would be surprised to find out what malicious things a person can do- just by you viewing and email with images.

If you need more info or need help setting that up feel free to PM me icon_smile.gif




Totally agree with this. I have my spam set up correctly; never, ever answer these emails. They'll know the address is valid this way. And yes, to turn off images so that your email program will ask you if it's OK to show the images once you've verified that the email comes from a reputable place.

BrindysBackyard Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 2:39pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by costumeczar

I only take cash in the amount of $50,000 and I'll refund the difference to them in a certified cashiers check. They usually don't write back.




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costumeczar Posted 22 Mar 2011 , 4:17pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CiNoRi

Just an FYI.... I would be leery about responding to emails like these... in some cases this is a setup in order to find out if your email address is valid... upon getting a response the the "scammer" , or "Hacker" can use your email address for spam, viruses, etc.

Another big way to protect yourself, is in your email settings turn off images, this makes it so that when you get an email with graphics/images, you have the option to accept or decline them. You would be surprised to find out what malicious things a person can do- just by you viewing and email with images.

If you need more info or need help setting that up feel free to PM me icon_smile.gif




My email address is all over my website, so they know that it's a live address. I don't worry too much about answering them if I feel like messing with them that day...Depends on my mood icon_twisted.gif .

I don't click on attachments EVER, and the advice about images is right on.

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