Wednesday, October 3 2012, 10:50 PM MDT
Scammers Target Online Dress Sellers
Produced by Cindy St. Clair and Michelle Poe
By Matt Gephardt
(KUTV) After Mary Gardner's daughter got married, rather than preserve the dress, they decided to sell it on online classified ads. She only had one reply: a text message from someone in Houston.
“They offered to pay me,” Mary recalls the would be buyer said. “They sent me a certified check and then I was to ship [the dress] back to them.”
But something didn't feel right to Mary when the check arrived in the mail for more than she was asking for the dress. The check was for $1700 and the dress was advertised at $200.
Mary says she was sure it was a scam and did not cash the check. But Mary’s call was not the only one to Get Gephardt. And unfortunately, some have learned too late that the person sending the check is a scammer.
Amber Liddiard contacted Get Gephardt after she was ripped off. Like Mary, she put her wedding dress for sale online. She got a similar text message from someone out of state, interested in buying the gown.
“They said they were out of Alabama, so it was kind of weird that someone wanted to buy a wedding dress without ever trying it on,” Amber said.
Amber received a check in the mail for $990, several hundred dollars more than the asking price.
Amber did cash the check. Shortly after, the buyer told Amber he was backing out of the deal and asked for a refund. Being an honest person, Amber complied.
“We sent the money back to him through Moneygram at Walmart,” Amber said.
The next day, Amber says her bank called saying that the check had bounced. Amber was now out all that money she wired away.
2News contacted the police in Alabama who told us that they do have a suspect and they are investigating.
(Copyright 2012 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)