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How Stupid Do I Look?

Wait, don’t answer that.

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I have faith in the basic goodness of humanity, and usually see the glass as half-full. That’s getting difficult, as I keep running into people who seem determined to show me how wrong I am.

Last month I posted an ad on Craigslist to sell my wedding gown (I’ve been trying to sell it off & on since 2010, and have had no luck). It’s a lovely gown, and I could use the extra money, as well as the space. Right away I got a response, asking to buy it. I was thrilled, but a bit puzzled. The email asked all sorts of questions about me that someone making a simple purchase shouldn’t need to know — personal information, and I was hesitant to answer. So I didn’t. I did receive a cashiers check the next day; it was for over $1500. I am asking $250 for my dress, so this was a bit shocking.  Included with the check were instructions to cash the check, keep my cut, and give the rest, along with the dress, to a courier, who would ship it to the buyer. Yeah, right. Again, I’ll ask, how dumb do I look? (Shut up, Jolene.) Needless to say, I did not cash that check, or send my dress anywhere that month. I reposted it this week, and got another, similar scam, this one involving PayPal  & Western Union.  Seems swindling is the flavor of the month online. This glass is still half-full–of bullshit.

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2 thoughts on “How Stupid Do I Look?

  1. They don’t know what you look like! Seriously, it’s probably a full-time job for those creeps to troll craigslist, ebay, etc. and send out similar scams by the hundreds. Never underestimate the stupidity, or just ignorance, of human beings. It’s got to be very tempting to be holding that big a check in one’s hands, and if someone were desperate enough, I can see them cashing it to pay rent or something, and then being shocked a week later when the bank says they have to repay the money. I wish everyone would regularly check snopes.com (even though a lot of my conservative friends think snopes is a liberal conspiracy) before falling for a scam or forwarding false crap.

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    1. I still have the check, Karen, and if I could cash it, I probably would, if there’d be no backlash! Lord knows I could use the funds–people keep sending me wedding invitations, and stuff like that!
      As far as snopes goes, I have no opinion one way or the other. But then again, I’m not one of your conservative friends, now am I?

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