Online buyers and sellers beware—sophisticated con artists could be watching your every move. Blakely found that out the hard way. She says she had always dreamed of getting married in a Monique Lhuillier wedding gown, but the $6,000 price tag was out of her budget. So Blakely did what a lot of cost-conscious brides do these days—she checked on eBay, and there she found her dream dress. She started bidding—all the way up to $2,400.
When the auction ended, Blakely realized she had failed to meet the minimum sale price and lost the dress. But later that day she got an e-mail from someone offering to sell her the dress at the price she had bid. "I was just ecstatic. I just couldn't believe it. I just wanted to get the dress in my hands. It was a dream come true," Blakely says. Although Blakely had a PayPal account, the person who contacted her claimed his own account had been hacked, so he asked Blakely to wire him the money instead.