raigslist is currently playing host to two of my efforts to offload unused and nonessential wedding stuff, including The Backup Dress I’m Glad I Never Had to Wear.* Thankfully, the gown is brand new with tags (“BNWT,” for those in the know), making its resale value just slightly higher than if I wore it even once. In order to increase my chances for sale, I’ve listed it in multiple marketplaces, but hands-down one of the easiest to deal with (name the terms, no service or transaction fees) would be Craigslist.
Craigslist is awesome. Craigslist also has a low barometer for crazy people and scammers.
So anyway, I listed the dress. I kept the product description simple:
BNWT Wedding Dress with High-Low Skirt!
David’s Bridal high-low dress. Never worn and brand new with tags! Also comes with hanger and garment bag.
‘Twas my backup dress, just didn’t need to wear it the day of. (So no bad juju!) Super fun skirt. I’d recommend it for a B-cup or larger.
Very straightforward 411: brand, price, size condition, extras, recommendations, backstory, plus multiple pics. Then I got this inquiry, which basically asked for half of those things in REALLY BAD English:
From: james scott
do you still have the wedding dress for sale,
Is it in good shape, Ur last asking price, Can my seamstress pick up after payment had been made,
Can you send her the front&back view pics to my S.daughter(firstname.lastname@example.org)?
The whole thing was weird. From the unbelievably generic White guy-sounding full name, to the appalling English (bad even by Craigslist standards – I’m not hating, I’m just saying it didn’t even follow any sort of typical ESL patterns), to the super obvious questions (Was “Ur last asking price,” even a question?), to – what the fuck is an “S.daughter?” Seamstress daughter? Step daughter? Is “s.daughter” really easier to write than “step daughter” or just “daughter?”
I wrote back pointing “james” back to the listing, and saying I didn’t know what he meant by “last asking price.” And then I Googled vivianann352. I was not the first:
Received a text message from this number inquiring about questions already listed in CL posting for wedding dress. Then inquired if semstress was able to pick up, and if I could send more pictures. Texted pictures, and then they asked if I could email front and back pictures to “s.daughter” at this email address email@example.com
As soon as I emailed pictures, a response came stating that they would send me money order checks that I was to cash and then wire to seamstress… Be smart, and stay clear of whatever this person is up to. Anyone that is involved in this much intricate deception is very dangerous. -December 19, 2014
Scammers don’t celebrate Christmas:
Ugh! Thought I really had someone interested and told them it was cash only and they wanted my address to send a money order so “seamstress” could pick up the dress. Who has time to do this to people?! Right before Christmas even! What trash. I’m so sick of these Craigslist scamming losers! -December 22, 2014
Only you can reroute forest fires:
Received same text as above! Fortunately I realized it was all a scam and gave guy a false address. I even sent him the link to this site! Haha – jokes on him! -November 18, 2014
It’s a nationwide affair!
I’m glad I decided to look into this. This person is trying to do thew same thing to me for a wedding dress. The person said that they lived in Ohio and the dress is for their daughter and the seamstress will pick up the dress. – February 15, 2015
All of these accounts come from 800notes, just one of many websites I stumble upon from time to time because I have a voracious appetite for Googling strange phone numbers and emails that come my way.
Lesson relearned: If it smells like a fish and it’s writing to you on Craigslist, it’s probably a blobfish.