I just received this inquiry today asking to purchase my Happy New Year Rainstick Necklace and was suspicious because it seemed she was making this more complicated than it had to be, as the terms are spelled out in my shop. It appears she hasn't even read the listing. I generally do take Money Orders but how would I go about verifying the legitimacy of one, or would it be better if I asked her to pay through Pay Pal and see what she says to that? She didn't ask for the remaining shipping money back but asked to pay "the cost of the item plus shipping cost to Europe" and said she'd be "responsible for shipping". She claims not to know the cost of my item and doesn't mention it by name (it's just on the title of the e-mail). The other thing that I thought odd was that this woman is saying she's an agent for a client but only asked to buy one piece. I would assume somebody who had an agent would be a wholesale buyer interested in purchasing several for their store. Generally a retail buyer interested in only one piece would just make the transaction themselves. Is this request part of the same scam? Is this the same "agent" others have been approached by?
How should I respond to her? I don't want to come out and accuse her of anything, but I want to be safe about it.
Her e-mail in conversations is below;
I am an agent interested in immediate purchase of item .The item is as a supply to europe . My client has really shown interest in it and would really want to issue the payment in form of UNITED STATE POSTAL MONEY ORDER / CASHIER CHECK. Will you be accepting a MONEY ORDER / CASHIER CHECK? The MONEY ORDER that will be drawn by my client would include the cost for shipping this item to europe, this will be included on the same MONEY ORDER / CASHIER/CHECK. We shall solely be responsible for the shippment of the item.Also give me the list and prices of your item......... Please contact me asap via email for futher questions as regards this transaction. Thank You and I am expecting your response asap.
Awaiting your quick response.
30-12-2005 05:55 pm EST