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Old 06-11-2010, 03:00 PM   #1
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Wedding Invitation Scam?

Anyone heard of a scam regarding wedding invitations?

We just received an invitation for a wedding for a couple I've never heard of given by people I've never heard of and the wedding is in another country.

The return address for the response card is in the US. I googled the names listed on the invite and they seem to be legitimate names-- I just have no ideas who these people are.

The invitation is addressed to (Mr. and Mrs........).

I'm not going to respond to it...but it is odd.

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Old 06-11-2010, 03:14 PM   #2
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i would go. sounds exotic.
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Old 06-11-2010, 03:40 PM   #3
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I've got to say it's a perfect scam since so many people think receiving an invitation means they obligated to send a gift and that the gift needs to be cash.
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Old 06-11-2010, 03:46 PM   #4
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:12 PM   #5
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Maybe somebody family related got one too? Maybe it is legit? You googled and found them? Send them a note asking who the heck they are.
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:30 PM   #6
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See if they have a registry on The Knot or something. I wonder what on earth the gift-grabbers want?

But are you SURE you don't know them or if they are sons/daughters of friends?
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:30 PM   #7
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That would definitely be a scam I have not heard of before. Although I could see how that could be a good one. LOL!

Another the wedding in another country could be a destination wedding.

They got your name & address correct? Even on the inside envelope (if they had one)? If they did all that I would think somehow they know you even if you have no clue who they are.
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:38 PM   #8
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I once got an invitation from somone who I had no idea who they were. It turns out it was a cousin that I hadn't seen in 20 years and I just didn't recognize the name
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:40 PM   #9
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We kept getting Christmas cards addressed to our family from people we never heard of. Finally I looked them up on facebook and realized the wife was a college friend of my married daughter.
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Did anyone else in your family get the same invitation? About 10 years ago, several of us got an invitation to a wedding in North Carolina (we're in MA). We didn't recognize the names of the bride or groom. Turns out it was my cousin's daughter. It was her second marriage so that is why we didn't reconize her name. We considered it was a scam because none of us had seen or heard from the bride or her mother in 20+ years! The most she got from any of us was a card.
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Old 06-11-2010, 10:02 PM   #11
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UPDATE--

It turned out to be one of my DH's co-workers-- someone just in his larger "group" of colleagues (as opposed to someone he works with daily) which is why I never heard the name. Apparently all the colleagues were invited.

Mystery solved----and no scam, which is always a good thing! =)
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I'm glad it was solved. I had a feeling it was someone who "knew" you one way or another even if you didn't recognize the names.

For that matter, I had people AT my wedding who I had no idea who they were. My mom invited them from her work. I didn't mind but same concept...I'm sure they had no idea who I was either although I think she talked to them first since it was only a couple co-workers who she was close to.
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Old 06-12-2010, 09:18 AM   #13
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...I'm glad that it wasn't a scam, but there have been similar scams like this. The person[s] committing this fraud robs you blind since they know when you won't be home....ESPECIALLY if it's out of the country....
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Old 06-12-2010, 10:09 AM   #14
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...I'm glad that it wasn't a scam, but there have been similar scams like this. The person[s] committing this fraud robs you blind since they know when you won't be home....ESPECIALLY if it's out of the country....
This makes absolutely no sense. How many people would actually leave the country (expensive) to attend a wedding for someone they don't know, thereby leaving their house vacant for the person who sent the invitation? Especially since it's much more common for people to leave their house to go to work providing a daily opportunity for someone to break into the house?

I'd be more inclined to believe a scam about people responding to a strange invitation with a gift. But even in those cases, the old adage about a fool being parted from their money applies. If you have no clue about receiving a strange wedding invitation and you don't do the research to find out who you know is getting married, then you pretty much deserve what you get if you blindly send money.

I'm glad the OP found out who the invitation was from. I likely would have just thrown it away.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:12 AM   #15
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DISCUSSION TOPIC UPDATE!

Google lead me here on the topic of this discussion.

Yesterday I received a wedding invitation (complete with Google directions, and an unstamped reply) addressed only to myself and open guests. I don't know Ashley Victoria Aubermann or George Paz. The invitation begins, "Together with their Parents...". Interesting, in this day and age, who in their right mind but a spoofer would list the parents as unknown? The wedding is in Michigan and I live in Pennsylvania, so it's not not really very far.

I searched online and the couple's info is identical to the invitation. She is registered at Target, The Knot but not on Facebook! I found lots of personal information, but no real lead to who they are in any type of relationship to myself or husband. Not only do my husband and I not know these people, but the kicker is that my family disowned me, so that narrows relatives. I don't have friends outside my little circle and without my husband's name or the fact that I am married on the invitation, that puts his side of the family in the clear. I also checked with his relatives. He's retired so that friends list is short, too.

Now if it didn't involve a stamp, we'd be going to a wedding, although we really would never do that to anyone. This is obviously one of the modern scams to get a gift. Now if they had supplied a stamp...
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