Inali Ke'aloha (inaliwhitewolf) wrote in artists_beware,
Inali Ke'aloha

Email Scams Through FurBid... even furries aren't safe! D:

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let everyone know of something that just happened to me and may happen to you if you sell via FurBid. I woke up this morning and saw that one of my auctions had been bought out for $200 through the Buy-It-Now Feature (which was my asking price). Elated, I began to read the email and quickly began to realize it was a scam. Here is a copy of what the email said:

"Hello [my REAL name],

First of all, I would like to tell you how happy i am to commit myself in buying your item. This is to notify you that i have ended your auction and agreed to pay the final amount for the item. Payment will be made via cashier's check and I am using this medium to notify you that the amount on the cashier's check will be more than your item fees due to the fact that it has already been signed for. I don't really know the exact overage amount because it will be issued by my client so once you receive it, Make sure you deduct your item fees and go to the nearest western union money transfer to send the remainder balance money back to client manager in the United Kingdom, the item is also going to UK. There sure will be no problem about the shipment because my client manager will be personally responsible for it, the same day you receive and cash the cashier's check from the bank after you must have deducted your item fees and western union back the remainder balance money to my client manager in the United Kingdom. However to assure you that i really want to buy the item. I will add an extra $5.00 to your money, if you end the auction for me asap. Email me your FULL NAME, ADDRESS+MOBILE PHONE NUMBER, so that the cashier's check can be mailed out as soon as possible.

Below are the questions i have for you:

1) Are you very sure the item is in good condition?

2) Do you have any western union money transfer location where to send the remainder balance money around you?

3) Can you allow me to send DHL for the pick up and complete the transaction,same day you receive the cashier's check?

4) Do you agree to send the remainder balance money,same day you cash the cashier's check from the bank?

Thanks In Anticipation.

Mr. James Bailey."

What is so odd is that his questions are irrelevant to a DIGITAL COMMISSION. >.< Plus, the whole thing had me on edge the moment I began to read it. I have also informed the FurBid admin about this email. What's more sad is that this auction is now a waste. Moreover, a SECOND person bought the other $200 auction for a digital commission from me today, however, he/she might not be a scammer, although I could pull no user information for this person, and now I am uneasy about it all. I think it's really sick we FURRIES can't even sell our artwork anymore because those stupid scammers are now weaseling their way into our auction sites.

So, if someone buys your auctions on FurBid and the email sounds like this, don't follow their instructions. Check with other people first and let FurBid know. :( I'd hate to see less-suspecting furry artists get scammed.
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