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post #46 of 115
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Originally Posted by jason_kraft

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.



Heh heh heh!
post #47 of 115
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Originally Posted by jason_kraft

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.

When my 16 yr old daughter rec'd a $4900 check, we took it to law enforcement who said they couldn't really do anything about it since the check had not been cashed and no one had been "harmed" by the scam. Here's the story ..... http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-621929-daughter.html+scam
post #48 of 115
ALWAYS insist on a Postal Money Order. This is the only thing other than good old cash that I accept from anyone when I sell my puppies. The minute you say "Postal Money Order Only" you usually never hear from them again. Occasionally they will ask if a different kind of Money order is acceptable. Stand you ground and tell them NO!
post #49 of 115
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Originally Posted by ColleenDelBane

ALWAYS insist on a Postal Money Order. This is the only thing other than good old cash that I accept from anyone when I sell my puppies. The minute you say "Postal Money Order Only" you usually never hear from them again. Occasionally they will ask if a different kind of Money order is acceptable. Stand you ground and tell them NO!


Postal money orders can be faked as well...they have more security features so it's never a 100% match but good fakes can fool many people.
post #50 of 115
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Originally Posted by indydebi

Quote:
Originally Posted by jason_kraft

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.

When my 16 yr old daughter rec'd a $4900 check, we took it to law enforcement who said they couldn't really do anything about it since the check had not been cashed and no one had been "harmed" by the scam. Here's the story ..... http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-621929-daughter.html+scam


This case might be different since the scam is following a specific m.o. and OP can cite other cases, but in any case it's probably worthwhile to call the DA first to see how to proceed.

Don't try to cash it yourself, attempting to cash a financial instrument you know is fake is considered fraud and people have been arrested for doing so.
post #51 of 115
I work for a catering and we randomly get faxes for and order for about 200 people. They want to send a money order for more than they need . Have us get it then meet their family member to give them the extra cash. We never respond to those. Even the the fax is horribly spelled wrong and sentences don't make sense. Please be careful. I always take 50 % down cash first.
post #52 of 115
Even with cash you have to be careful.

There is a bank manager named Franklin Adams, from some foreign country, that is willing to split 12 million with me lol icon_wink.gif .
post #53 of 115
Thread Starter 
Well ever since I told her I was going to only accept cash I havent heard back - still not sure what she was trying to pull since the amount she was going to send me for a deposit was no where near what the total for the cake was and I was not "shipping" the cake anywhere, I was personally delivering it - in September.... Either way, I'm glad I didn't waste anymore time on this crazy woman, and here is all her various information if anyone else out there recieves this kind of email:

Names:
Elizabeth Kerr <sageandkids@gmail.com
annelisse finklea <jailize123@gmail.com
also claimed to be Angela Jordan at one point...

and these phone #'s, one from CA the rest are NY #s
845-380-2056
845-452-4735
760-705-8888
845-559-4808
post #54 of 115
I have a feeling you would of "accidentally" gotten an overpayment in a money order for the final payment, and they would have asked you to refund the extra, and you might of delivered a cake to either a fake address or a venue where nothing was going on. Somehow you would of ended up with a lot of exotic cake and less money!
post #55 of 115
sounds like they are price fishing. I have had that same email just in a different way! Scammmers. I have even had someone try to have me make their cake as a donation and my cake would be advertised! It was like their whole wedding was a advertisement and they got it for free!
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post #56 of 115
I received the SAME message from an Elizabeth Kerr! I own a cake business in PA so the first time she emailed me, I thought it was legit but I didn't have the date free. But I just received another contact from her with a different wedding date but the same phone number and email address.

If you find out anything about her please post it here. I am so curious if its a scam or a 'real' bride who just has an odd way of requesting info about potential wedding cake bakers.
post #57 of 115
Here is the email she sent me last year:

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Kerr. I am looking for a 6 tiered cake for
Sept 19 for 200 people.These are the cake flavors i am interested in:



banana-walnut pound cake
caramelized bananas and walnuts in rum mascapone buttercream filling

mandarin orange fresh pound cake
mandarin orange conserve filling in Bavarian cream


Dark chocolate cake
Burgundy Milk Chocolate Cordial Cherries truffle filling
( this is the candy I would like the filling made with
http://www.queenannecandy.com/go/?product/C80004/TreeKey=QUEUE&Ordinal=1)


Dark chocolate butter cake
Belgian Chocolate truffle ganache filling with hazelnut praline
frangelico buttercream filling



vanilla cake filled with a pomegranate-lime buttercream, painted with
pomegranate vodka,and almond buttercream

Ginger cake with lemon syrup
gingersnap-lemon buttercream filling

This is the plate I would like the cake to be design like I would
ruffles on the edges painted with gold and I would like the pink
flowers painted on them and would like fresh pink flowers.
http://www.rubylane.com/shops/grannymares/iteml/GM-001226#pic1
My phone 845-452-4735.My budget is $1025.I am having the party in
Middletown NY,10941.

And here is the one I received this week:

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Kerr.I am looking for a price quote on this
cake.These are the cake flavors I am interested:


Banana cake
strawberry preserves
pineapple curd with walnuts and cherries
dark chocolate truffle filling with walnuts



Sicilian almond cake
sweet cherry filling
cannoli cream with extra regular size chocolate chips



white butter cake
grapefruit curd in honey buttercream filling

dark chocolate butter cake
Kahlua dark chocolate truffle filling
espresso buttercream filling


mango ginger cake
seedless blackberries in lemon Swiss meringue buttercream filling with
crushed gingersnaps

vanilla vodka buttercream under fondant.please call me at
845-452-4735.My budget is $ 1200
post #58 of 115
MYSTERY SOLVED!

I just googled "Elizabeth Kerr Cakes" and LOOK WHAT CAME UP:

http://www.angieslist.com/companylist/us/ny/poughkeepsie/lizs-bake-shop-reviews-455142.aspx

It looks like our 'bride' is actually another cake baker from NY. Unless by some INSANE COINCIDENCE we have a wedding cake baker with the same name and area code number as Liz' Bake Shop in Poughkeepsie.
post #59 of 115
INTERESTING! I googled her name and saw this on the facebook page of a business owner in NY:


To all Bakery Professionals - Beware of Scam: A woman named Elizabeth Kerr inquiring about a wedding cake for 200 people.
June 23 at 8:11pm · Like · Comment


June 23 at 8:11pm.Cake Yeah, it's so weird. She emails with this totally crazy order and then leaves a vm. Right away I thought there was something fishy so I googled her info and sure enough other people have gotten the same inquiry. I guess she sends a fake money order for more than the cake and then asks for the change? Not sure how that would work.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cake/193148397375050?sk=wall
post #60 of 115
Thread Starter 
that's the same email she sent me, same inspiration plate and flavors. She almost had me til she got greedy and sent an email about a different cake under the a different name nut the same contact info. When I called her out on it and told her I put all her information on a well visited forum for bakers she was PISSED (excuse my language). She even had the nerve to leave a nasty message on my voicemail calling me all kinds of different names. She's bad news, but I still dont get the scam, and all the effort she puts into it.
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