Rachie204 Posted 1 Aug 2013 , 9:39pm
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I received the following emails today....I am a little concerned that they might not be ligit or possibly be leading to some sort of scam.   For starters I am in GA and the sender lists Ny as their  address....besides that the email was just a bit strange.  Opinions please 

 

Comments : Hello. I'm looking for a very special, very original, very beautiful cake for my son, who will be graduating Marine Boot Camp on October 4, 2013. His birthday is also on October 28, 2013, and I would like a cake to combine both his birthday and graduation. I would need the cake on October 5, 2013.  I'm thinking of a "topsy turvy" cake, possibly with fondant, but I'm not sure yet. I would like to integrate the United States Marine Corps and The Avengers on one cake. Is this possible? Maybe a scene with figurines dressed in camouflage and Avenger action figurines? I don't want anything too massive either...  I would also like this quote on the cake: "Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't."  Along with that quote, I'd like "Happy Birthday," as well, and the USMC symbol. Maybe a round cake on top of a sheet cake with the USMC seal? I'm just throwing out ideas for you and will send you images for inspiration as well.
The cake I'm looking for should be masculine but also playful. It is meant to be a "Welcome Home/Congratulations" cake AND a "Happy Birthday" cake. My son is 18 and is still a "kid," but he will also be a United States Marine and the cake should reflect both.  Please get back to me as soon as possible so we can begin designing this cake, toss ideas back and forth, and get pricing started. I would like to be fully involved in the designing of this cake and not just completely leave it up to you. Like I said, it is to be a very special cake for my son, who is a very wonderful young man.
Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.    

 

 

THEN THE SECOND EMAIL SENT LITERALLY 3 MINUTES LATER 

 

Follow up: I apologize for the back-to-back emails, but this cake has to be great!  Picture this: A beautiful cake with the USMC Seal and The Avengers come and "crash the party," so-to-speak.
I'd LOVE to have Hulk either bursting out of the cake OR he is atop the cake and he "smashes" the cake and you make it appear like the cake is cracked...I'd love to have Thor maybe climbing the cake... Would there be any way to make Iron Man appear to be hovering over the cake? Can I buy the figurines and ship them to you?  Please let me know what you think.  Thank you so much!"

 

~*~*~*~  I am literally laughing at this....if it is real this customer has quite the imagination. 

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SanDiegoBeautifulCakes Posted 1 Aug 2013 , 9:43pm
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Totally bogus!!!

You can look up the domain name and see exactly where the email was sent from, almost all the way down to the IP address of the box it was sent from.

 

I would do nothing, do not reply, that will only tell the sender that the email was delivered successfully. And they will send more.

 

Andrew
 

liz at sugar Posted 1 Aug 2013 , 9:48pm
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Yes, and if it wasn't bogus, they are WAY too interested in directing your every move.  Red flags flying high!

 

Liz
 

Smckinney07 Posted 1 Aug 2013 , 10:03pm
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AIt doesn't sound like the 'typical' cake scam emails, you know with the misspelling, and wanting a HUGE wedding cake in two weeks... You know what I mean? Yes, he sounds like a character lol, with a ridiculous theme. Or perhaps he's a proud papa and his son lives where you do (hense the location). Regardless, he will probably be a difficult customer.

I'd look up his IP as well as his name in the online directory. But if you decide to take the order I would definitely secure with a credit card or cashiers check, as well as getting the remainder of the payment a couple weeks before you have to touch the cake, just in case.

Maybe if you spoke on the phone you could get a better idea of his intentions.

Smckinney07 Posted 1 Aug 2013 , 10:05pm
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AGo with your gut feeling, time really is money ;)

BatterUpCake Posted 1 Aug 2013 , 10:15pm
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I would answer...I got an order from Ecuador. She is coming back to the states for her daughters wedding. Paid in advance via Paypal. I would demand at least 50% before you did a lick of work beyond sketching and quoting.

AZCouture Posted 1 Aug 2013 , 10:31pm
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ADoesn't sound scammy to me. I've been the recipient of every scam email out there, and they aren't that elaborate or real sounding.

AZCouture Posted 1 Aug 2013 , 10:33pm
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ABut that is one I would answer very simply. Thank him for his request and ask what sort of budget he had in mind for this incredible project.

Relznik Posted 1 Aug 2013 , 10:45pm
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I don't know the logistics about where you are etc (I'm from the UK) but I have to say that it really doesn't sound like a scam...  not like the usual scam emails you get, anyway!!

kikiandkyle Posted 1 Aug 2013 , 10:51pm

ADefinitely ask about the budget before spending another second on this.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 1 Aug 2013 , 11:09pm

Doesn't sound at all suspicious to me.  I've certainly gotten similar emails from clients.

 

In my short, what is your budget email, I would also confirm (or ask) the venue.  She may have you confused with a different bakery in her area or near his.  

ellavanilla Posted 1 Aug 2013 , 11:44pm

I have done orders from around the country from people who found me on yelp and want the cake for someone local. I think a phone call is in order, because that's a very complicated cake she wants, but I wouldn't dismiss it right away.

 

Typically, the scammers want to overpay you for the cake and have you give them cash back.

tracyaem Posted 1 Aug 2013 , 11:57pm

I don't think it's a scam, but it definitely sounds like a pain in the...

 

If you want to tackle it, write back and ask for location and budget info and make sure she can afford her big ideas plus your PITA surcharge! If you don't, tell her you are booked that day. Personally, I think I'd be booked :)

jason_kraft Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 12:00am

AAgreed...it doesn't sound like a scam, but this customer's budget probably doesn't align with her expectations.

We had quite a few orders from out of the area (and sometimes from other countries) for family members or friends who were working or going to school in the San Jose area, they all paid by PayPal and we never had a problem. In fact these were some of my favorite deliveries, since they were usually surprises and the recipient had never been able to eat cake before.

Bosbo Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 2:06pm

there are cake scam emails?

what is the point in a cake scam email?

Are they competition trying to get you to waste your time and money?

How bizarre.

BatterUpCake Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 2:18pm
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Agreed...it doesn't sound like a scam, but this customer's budget probably doesn't align with her expectations. It never does....

We had quite a few orders from out of the area (and sometimes from other countries) for family members or friends who were working or going to school in the San Jose area, they all paid by PayPal and we never had a problem. In fact these were some of my favorite deliveries, since they were usually surprises and the recipient had never been able to eat cake before.
therealmrsriley Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 3:11pm

It didn't sounds like a scam at all, but I agree with other posts that mention this one might be a doozy to work on! Sending a followup email asking the budget seems like the next step. Just sounds like a really overzealous and happy, proud parent. I'd love to hear how the corresponding goes!

Phaedramax Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 5:07pm

SCAM SCAM SCAM!!!!! When I owned a cake shop I got them every so often .Do not reply or any thing! Or you may be sorry.
 

jason_kraft Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 5:22pm

AFor those who think it's a scam, why do you think so?

AZCouture Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 6:02pm

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Original message sent by jason_kraft

For those who think it's a scam, why do you think so?

I know right? I'd like to hear what gives someone that impression.

Paperfishies Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 6:09pm

IMO, it doesn't sound like a scam.  Even if it's 100% legit, I wouldn't take the order, lol...She sounds way too controlling and like the type of client who will be making very last minute changes and just over all a monster to deal with...Run, run fast and far away.

Annabakescakes Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 10:09pm

That is an order I would love to get, provided they had the budget to go with it. Since the cake is Marine based, for a Marine, I would give a 10% discount, since I am all about supporting the Armed Forces, but it would still cost a pretty penny. And all that lettering...sheesh! I also LOVE the Avengers, especially the Hulk. 

 

Definitely would email back to get a budget, and then take it from there. 

BatterUpCake Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 10:10pm

Oooh-Rah! Thanks for supporting our troops. I give a 15% discount on military theme cakes.

AZCouture Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 10:18pm

AGeez, I wouldn't run from it. Treat it like any other inquiry.

AZCouture Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 10:20pm

ACake scams generally involve very poorly translated English, ridiculous flavor requests, and they want to overpay you with stolen funds that you would then refund part back to them or their 'shipping agent'.

BatterUpCake Posted 2 Aug 2013 , 10:23pm

I had a great opportunity the other day. A dying woman wanted to give me 1.4 Million $$. The ONLY stipulation is that I give 1/2 to the orphanage of my choice! Should I do it??? LMAO.

costumeczar Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 12:17am
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But that is one I would answer very simply. Thank him for his request and ask what sort of budget he had in mind for this incredible project.

This. I don't think it's a scam., it's just someone with a very elaborate imagination and probably no idea how much it would cost.

 

And here's my cake scam blog page...I haven't received anything recently, unfortunately. They tend to come in waves, so they're probably working on some other profession for a while. My sister in law worked for a shoe store and she said they'd get shoe scam emails. http://www.acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/p/fun-with-email-scammers.html

BatterUpCake Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 1:11am
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This. I don't think it's a scam., it's just someone with a very elaborate imagination and probably no idea how much it would cost.

 

And here's my cake scam blog page...I haven't received anything recently, unfortunately. They tend to come in waves, so they're probably working on some other profession for a while. My sister in law worked for a shoe store and she said they'd get shoe scam emails. http://www.acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/p/fun-with-email-scammers.html

That was soooo fun to read! lol

rsaun Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 2:06am

OMG...I was dying laughing at these.  The one that got me was when you offered to serenade the wedding couple along with the other vendors.  So funny!

bubs1stbirthday Posted 3 Aug 2013 , 3:54am
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Originally Posted by costumeczar 

This. I don't think it's a scam., it's just someone with a very elaborate imagination and probably no idea how much it would cost.

 

And here's my cake scam blog page...I haven't received anything recently, unfortunately. They tend to come in waves, so they're probably working on some other profession for a while. My sister in law worked for a shoe store and she said they'd get shoe scam emails. http://www.acaketorememberva.blogspot.com/p/fun-with-email-scammers.html

Hahaha - love the replies to these e-mails.

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