It is so troubling that scammers are out there trying to take advantage of people in these very hard times but this has always taken place and always will.
Today I received two emails from a person wanting to purchase two different items from my Ventriloquist Marketplace ads. As soon as I read them I was suspect because he used terrible grammar and misspelled words and then also asked me to send him pictures of the items in question. I always put enough pictures on the ad to show a perspective buyer exactly what the item is without needing to ask any questions.
This person also asked in his emails for me to provide my contact information. I then reversed the situation and emailed saying I needed all his pertinent information for shipping and packing and insurance and that I also would only accept payment by PayPal. His response was that he wanted to pay by money order. Never did send his information. I again replied PAYPAL only. He returned saying his PayPal account had problems. I replied “SORRY…. No more emails.
I received an email this evening from another seller on the Ventriloquist Marketplace who received the same type of email from the same person. I let him also know this exact story but I wanted everyone to know that if you have something on the Ventriloquist Marketplace to be aware of this and you must always be very cautious with online sales. If it feels wrong IT IS !!!
Also if you receive a money order for more that the price you are asking it is for sure a scam. Never cash a check (money order) made out for more with the request that you send back the difference. Your bank will clear the funds to you then 2 or 3 weeks later the check bounces and you are stuck having to repay the bank.
So BE CAREFUL !!!
Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. His collection of ventriloquist figures now numbers over 100 figures of which there are over 50 Frank Marshall figures. Because of his love for the art of ventriloquism, Mr. Willinger created the website Ventriloquist Central. For more information about the website, go to: http://www.ventriloquistcentral.com
Copyright 2008 by Dan Willinger
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