Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Rant Rant Blush Smile!

I think i'm just in an angry mood today.  Anybody else get days like that?  Its just been a non-stop "one of those days".  Still angry at someone who tried to scam me the other night.  I got all excited when I discovered an email from someone saying they'd seen my Chunky Rustic Gemstone Necklace on Etsy (£150) and would like to buy it.  They asked a couple of questions like what condition it was in, did I accept payment through Paypal etc and what the final asking price was.  It all seemed pretty normal, I'm used to being asked to negotiate the price of paintings at work, so didn't think too much of that.  I wrote a long reply and was surprised to get an email replying almost immediately....and then my heart sank.

"Thanks for the respond,i am an oceanographer and am currently on the sea at the moment, i am buying the item as a gift for my Mum,i want to make it a surprise gift for her,she won't know anything about the gift until they get delivered to her so i want you to reassure me that the item is in good condition as you have described. I can only pay through PayPal. So please kindly get back to me immediately so i can proceed with the payment and after the payment has been done,i have a pick up agent that will come around to pick the Item up immediately after payment as i have told you i have an agent that will come over for the shipment so you don't have to bother your self about shipping,all i will need from you now is your PayPal email,phone number and the address where pick up is going to take place with the final asking price, so i can book shipping with my agent before making the payment for you


 I look forward to hear from you soon 


I immediately suspected something fishy, but just couldn't bring myself to not reply on the small off-chance it was genuine... I simply replied with my shop rules, saying that I could not arrange pick-up and would only send items recorded through Royal Mail and only after payment had cleared in my account etc, but that I was happy to gift wrap the item for her supposed mother and send it to an alternative address.

Funnily enough I haven't heard anything from them since.  Up until that point I was having a good day for my jewellery - got my statement from work saying how much I'll be paid this month for my jewellery sales, sold two pendants and received payment for a customer order - I really thought I was on a roll when that email initially came through!  Talk about anticlimax!!!  Ah well...I'm not knocking my sales though, it was a good day!

Karma came back round in my favour tonight though when I came home to an email from Violet at the "Etsy Stalker" website saying she had featured the very same necklace on her most recent post. Its a really lovely little review, short but sweet, and just what I needed to see tonight :)
To see her post - inspired by the colours in her bruise(!) - click this link:

So thanks to Violet and all at Etsy Stalker, you have restored my faith in internet shopping and socialising and put a nice big smile back on my face!  :)



  1. Flipping spammers, well done for not getting caught out!

  2. That exact same scam, word for word, has been doing the rounds for at least 2 years to my knowledge. The scam occurs when you get an e-mail, supposedly from Paypal, to tell you that you have funds and you send the item out. Its a fake Paypal e-mail and when you check your Paypal, oh look, no funds. You have been very lucky indeed. They do tend to target higher priced goods.

  3. There was also something similar on the Guardian website recently about people picking up goods rather than them being sent though the post. Worth a read

  4. Its awful isn't it!! When I got the very first email, although I was excited that I might be selling a nice big necklace, I knew it did sound potentially dodgy, and unfortunately my doubts were confirmed when I got the reply - I suspect it was an auto-responder too! :( Gutted!!!

    ~Thanks SwirlyArts, that was a very interesting article, and a reminder to always get a signature one way or another!! I do always send items Recorded or Special Delivery, and this was a stark reminder of why I should only ever use Special Delivery!!!

    Blimmin sods!!!