We would all like to think that everyone is trustworthy when you’re talking about love and weddings, but that’s not always the case. The internet can be a place where people aren’t always looking out for your best interests. We want to help protect you from online scammers as you use Once Wed to buy your dream wedding gown online. There are lots of honest sellers out there, so don’t let this information scare you. We believe that knowledge is power and we love informed buyers!
The Number One Mistake Buyers Make
We can not stress this enough – NEVER EVER EVER send a gift card(s), check, cashier check, money order or wire transfer as payment – NEVER!!! Not even for a “deposit”. The chances are extremely high that you will lose that money and never receive a dress.
Ask for detailed pictures
Scammers have become very inventive about how they scam people and will contact someone who has a dress for sale and ask for lots of pictures. Then they turn around and create a fake listing using the other person’s images. If you have any suspicion that this has happened, ask the “seller” to send you a picture of themselves in street clothes so that you can compare it to the images of them in their wedding dress. An honest seller won’t mind – a scammer will make up a reason they can’t do it.
Spot the Scammers
We want to share some telltale signs that will indicate whether you’re talking to a scammer. If you run across any of these things please stop all communications and provide us with the email exchange so we can block them from the site.
Use a secure payment service
We encourage you to use Escrow.com because this safe and secure online payment service ensures that every part of the transaction is complete before the money is released. Do not pay any type of deposit before completing an escrow.com transaction. Make it clear to the individual that all money will be processed through escrow.com (and no they don’t pay us to endorse them :)
Always be careful
The main thing to remember when you’re buying your used wedding dress online is to be careful. An honest seller is going to be just as cautious as you, but they will be giving you the right answers and not setting off alarms. If any of the above happens to you, or if you’re ever suspicious of an e-mail, provide us with the email exchange at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will block this person from selling on Once Wed if we feel they are a scammer. Just take the time to investigate and ask the right questions to ensure that your transaction will be quick and easy!