The popular website Craigslist.org is a fantastic resource for finding all kinds of things you need for your wedding. Many couples use the site to sell items such as centerpieces, candles, picture frames, and even wedding dresses. The site can be great because it allows people to place advertisements at little or no cost, but it also can be a breeding ground for con artists and scammers.
As shown in the video above, one wedding couple learned that lesson the hard way. They rented a house they found on Craigslist and wired $3,000 to someone who was posing as the owner. They intended to stay at the house with their wedding party, but when they arrived, they found the house had already been rented to someone else by the true owners. They ended up having to pay additional money to stay at a hotel, and they do not expect to ever see their money again.
When it comes to scams like this, it can be difficult to catch the perpetrators, especially if they placed the phony advertisement from a neutral location such as an internet cafe. The best way to avoid being scammed is to be extra careful with any kind of transaction done through Craigslist or a similar site.
Do not send money ahead of time. Instead, give the money on arrival, once you have verified that everything is all right. If you are making a purchase of goods, such as centerpieces, arrange to meet the seller at a public location rather than at his or her house. Do not send money in advance. Again, wait to give the money until you have arrived and had a chance to inspect the goods. Ultimately, listen to your gut. If you get a bad feeling or if a deal seems too good to be true, walk away.