Sunday, October 25, 2009


This blog post is for those of you who sell on Etsy. I've had a shop on Etsy for over a year. Many customers have ordered from my shop and I can honestly say each and every single one was a delight to work with (that is not an exaggeration). Recently I got a convo from an individual looking to purchase something from my shop. The following is the message I received in my convo's:

I am interested in the immediate purchase of your item and will be make payment via cashier check/money order, my private shipping company will handle the shipping, but before payment will be made i need to be sure of who i am dealing with if you are going to be honest and sincere throughout the transaction. A certified cashiers check is cash-able the same day,there is going to be an excess fund on
the check ,the excess fund is meant for the private shipping company who will come to your place for pick up of the item, so shipping is not a problem,will you be able to transfer the excess fund to the
shipping company the same day you receive the check?. check would be sent to you so when you get payment you can easily cash it at any cashing point near you or deposit in your bank. You'll be sending
excess fund to my shipper , which would be meant for shipping arrangement.if you agree, signify your interest by forwarding to me your Final Asking Price, Full Name & Contact Address and Tel # also i will want you to email to my private email address (I blocked out the actual given email address) because i had some bad network with my acct in,So plz kindly email me to my email address I await your response soonest.

I have had customers send money orders in the past and I have never had an issue with the deposit. However, the person who sent the message above was asking me to deposit a large check into my account and then pay the shipping company.
I'll admit, at first I wanted to accommodate this individual. I am always willing to work with my customer and pride myself on doing so. But my instincts were telling me something different so I did a little research. Turns out this is a "well known" (well know to everyone but me, evidently) scam used on Craigslist. What happens is the money order is fake. Banks will cash the check as they are not aware it's a fake. A couple days later, once you've already paid the moving company, the check will not clear and the bank will hold YOU responsible.

In Summary, if you get a message like this DO NOT accommodate their requests.
Thank you for reading my blog and
Have a Happy Day!


  1. I receaved exactly the same question today on tesy and I did not trust it.
    I tried to check up his possitive feed and he was already stopped being an etsy member.
    Strange he! I will not respomnd to this question.

  2. Well said! I got a similar email, something else to look for is that they dont say what they want to buy they call it "the item" or "it".

    Good luck with your shop.

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