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post #31 of 115
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Originally Posted by leah_s

Oh please, people, that's such as obvious scam. And now that you've talked with her, your name is being circulated among the scammers as a "live one."



Perfectly said. thumbs_up.gif



AmyCozze

I spoke in another thread about a 3 week court case i sat on last year -
Long story short - my taxes are now paying for him to be kept and feed for the next 17 years as our guest behind bars... icon_mad.giftapedshut.gif

Then hopefully the mongrel will be shipped back to where he came from. thumbs_up.gif

Don't be fooled that someone in a scamming ring won't spend $5000.00 - if it enables them to scam you out of a hell of lot more.

The more you talk and deal with them via phone and email - the more they win your confidence

Truely - If i can hear alarm bells ringing - and i am in Australia - why can't you icon_confused.gif

There is a saying -
If it talks like a duck and looks like a duck - then its a duck.

If it talks like a scam and feels like a scam - guess what ....ITS A SCAM.

Bluehue
post #32 of 115
Sorry that it is upsetting.. but RUN. It's a scam!
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post #33 of 115
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Originally Posted by AmyCozze


She then called me right away and left a voicemail (from the same # I had for the previous customer, Elizabeth Kerr) same speech impediment, but saying she is a different woman. Red flags went up everywhere. I told her that I didnt have the date open and she replied asking me when my first available date was...

Any thoughts on what is going on or what I should do?



I would not have anything to do with her. (Not on the phone, email or in person.) Your Red Flags are your internal warning system. Better safe than sorry.
post #34 of 115
Thread Starter 
I just don't understand what the point is though, what could they possibly gain by doing this?
post #35 of 115
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Originally Posted by AmyCozze

I just don't understand what the point is though, what could they possibly gain by doing this?




Hmmm - think i said it best in my previous post...

The more you talk and deal with them via phone and email - the more they win your confidence
..............then all hell will break loose.

Have to say .............I can't read this thread anymore - 3 pages long and you still don't get what everyone is telling you - i feel like i am being scammed icon_rolleyes.gif

Bluehue.
post #36 of 115
Thread Starter 
Have to say .............I can't read this thread anymore - 3 pages long and you still don't get what everyone is telling you - i feel like i am being scammed icon_rolleyes.gif

I thought this was a forum to ask your peers for help, but thank you for trying to add insult to injury. As a new business owner I can't turn everyone away who contacts me just because they want to pay with a money order....sorry for wasting your valuable time. And thank you to those of you who actually have a fellow cake decorator's best interests in mind.
post #37 of 115
AmyCozze, I'm so sorry, but this is definitely a scam.

Check out this other thread:
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=708589&postdays=0&postorder=asc&&start=15

I googled the number you listed. It came up with several fake bakery names and the following sentence for every single one. "This is a Home bakery.I cater and make delicious baked products.All products much be paid in full at time of ordering.If you have any special request please fell free to ask.We do vegan products too.Gluten free products are done on request.We take check money order or cash.We do not except credit cards at this time."

I don't know how the scam would play out, I don't pretend to understand how it works. It could be some other bakery checking out competition, but seeing how several of the business names attached to that phone number would no longer come up as a valid listing, I can't imagine this is in any way legit.

I hate for the disappointment it will cause you, but it would cause you much more trouble to continue on with this. icon_sad.gif
post #38 of 115
We have a saying at the Prison I work at, "If they look dodgy, then they are dodgy"

This one sounds dodgy, so it is dodgy. I would run a mile, but if you are going to entertain the idea, proceed with caution.
post #39 of 115
AmyCozze, be careful. There's plenty of those scams around.

http://caketalk.typepad.com/caketalk/2008/08/wedding-cake-scam.html

http://www.king5.com/news/local/Bellingham-bakery-falls-victim-to-wedding-cake-scam-90808149.html

And I've heard enough about the speech impediment on those people when you call them.
post #40 of 115
I think what they do is send you a money order for more than the amount and ask you to refund them the cash. Then the money orders are no good and they are a few hundred dollars richer.
post #41 of 115
Thread Starter 
SammieB,

that's the same exact woman, same flavors and she is also from Poughkeepsie.... thank you for forwarding the thread, now I know 100% to cut off communication.
post #42 of 115
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Originally Posted by AmyCozze

I told her that I didnt have the date open and she replied asking me when my first available date was...


Who books an event for 200 ppl based on the availability of the cake? My guess would be scam.
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post #43 of 115
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Originally Posted by AmyCozze

should I suggest to the first women that we meet in person, and at that point I will need a 50% deposit in cash before proceeding? I have already put in time designing the cake and have had a few phone calls with her, so if she is legitimate, I wouldn't want to turn her away just because I have "a feeling". That seems like bad business. I've only had my own business for 6 mos, so I'm new to everything, am I just being naive?



Yes! Tell her cash only and she'll run away. Don't bother using Paypal, they can use a fake credit card, and paypal can pull payments back if they need to. As soon as you say cash only it will all be over.
post #44 of 115
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Originally Posted by AmyCozze

I just don't understand what the point is though, what could they possibly gain by doing this?



What they do (and I get these emails all the time, it's always something about a large order of food or cake) is to send a money order for more than the amount they owe you, then ask you to use the overage to pay for the shipping when the delivery/shipping company that they've hired comes to pick up whatever it is. The "shipping company" is their accomplice, and they take the payment from you. Two weeks later the bank will call you and say that the check they used is fake, or the credit card was stolen, and they pull the payment back. So you're out the total of the money that you paid the "shipper", which came from your own account.

They don't care if they're ordering cake, chicken salad (I get requests for grilled chicken salad plates all the time for some reason), shoes or whatever. The point is to take the money that you pay the shipper.
post #45 of 115
If you'd like to play along, you can tell the "customer" to go ahead with the money order. When you receive it, take it to your local district attorney's office and explain the situation.
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