this is an example of a scam going around...
Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2007 7:22 AM
Subject: BOOKING ENQUIRY
> I will like to book a reservation for 2 couples (4 people)coming on a
> vacation in
> your area for the period of 10th March. - 31st March. 2007.
> Please confirm and get back to me if there is any availability including
> the total
> cost for the period they will be staying.
> Have a prosperous New year!!!
> Maurice Pitt
Thanks for your e-mail of inquiry below. We are still showing space
available in two of our one-bedroom beachfront suites for the dates you are
requesting below. The nightly rate per suite is $129 U.S. plus 9% govt.
room tax. Please let me know if I can confirm a reservation for you.
Thanks for the mail.I have just concluded payment arrangement with my clients and i will be making full payment of ($2,709) to you in order to secure this booking.Their names are as follows:
Name:-------------------- Dr $ Mrs Robert A. Green
Address:--------------- Victoria Street , Armagh , BT61 9DT , Republic of Ireland
Name---------------------Mr. $ Mrs. Lawrence C. Wright
Address: --------------- Lisbon street , Armagh , BT61 9DT , Republic of Ireland
I am going to send you my Visa Credit Card Information first thing tomorrow which will cover the cost of their accommodation,and other necessary arrangement for my clients' vacation trip.
I was instructed by my clients to arrange for body guards that follow them. However, I have made arrangement with a Security company who will provide them with the body guards. Because the Security company is not equipped with a credit card facility. And more so, we make all our reservation with credit card payment.
Therefore, On receipt of my credit card details, I authorize you to charge the credit card and confirm the amount of ($9,809) into your account.
Deduct the cost of your services ($2,709) and send ($7,100) being the cost for the Security company through SWIFT bank transfer to the Security company for onward arrangement.
So,i will like you to confirm your committement in this message, by getting back to me with
(1) YOUR FULL NAME (2) FULL ADDRESS (3) Mobile NUMBER for easy contact and for our office record as well.
Again, remember that the integrity of our agency is involved, as this business
requires prompt response. I also hope the stay of my client will be made comfortable. I await your quick response so we can proceed to payment.
Phone +44(0)702 409 9162
Office Hour 8am-6pm GMT
The scam involved is that the credit card number that is sent is fradulent. Anyone that asks you to kick back money from a credit card through wire transfer to some unknown account is simply ripping money off fradulently from a stolen credit card.
If I would run several thousand dollars worth of charges on a stolen card, and then wire the bulk of those funds to some unknown person located in some unknown place, as soon as the fradulent charge would show up on the owner's credit card and he does a charge back we are stuck with a bill for monies which we cannot recover since it has already been wired away into a black hole somewhere.
Then, there's also the leedle problem of the federales...