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Scams - Ugh.

I have had more scam sale requests than sales.

Whenever I receive a sale message, I am skeptical.

I check for proper english & grammar.

I google the name with scam & fraud attached.

I check the profile to see if they joined yesterday to purchase my item within 12 hours.

I check to see if they have a "private shipping company" and if they are "OK with the Condition" of my item.

It's really a bummer.

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Yes it is really a let down to think you have a sale and it turns out to be a scammer.
Scott scammers favorite Target is Shops with upscale items....they were hoping that you were born yesterday..
Nice shop BTW
I was, a couple of years back. averaging about 50 a day and growing. When I started getting them in Mandarin, I gave up, changed my e-mail address and then spent the next 6 months trying to inform everyone with my new e-mail. And I still run across situations where people were not aware of my address change. What an annoyance.
Since I sell lower cost items, this has never been a problem for me, but I certainly do sympathize with those who have to deal with this. Not to mention the poor souls who just opened their shops and are actually caught in the scam. Not a great way to start your Etsy career.
any of us with less expensive items never hear from spammers. they do target shops with upper end items.
I never get scam requests, though I get those "give me something free so I can blog to my 6 followers about it" convos
Thanks for the heads up on this. I fail to understand why people feel they must scam others. Stuff like that really gets under my skin. CosmicCreatures - I also appreciate you mentioning the blog convo. Haven't had one yet since my shop is quite new, but it's good to be aware of that one too.
these scams must work often enough to keep people trying them. or there is a world of people with way too much time on their hands.

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