Thanks for the waning Barnes. I just got the following from a fellow who added his phone number at the bottom. I have not called back nor folloed through whith his typical absurd requests, but I did report his emails to the Internet Crime Reporting Agency and to the FBI:
------------------------Initial inquiry May 8, 2011---------------------------
We will need accommodation for six adults(four male & two
female)coming to your place on a visit. We would require 3 "double
rooms" for the six guest.
Arrival/Check in: 14th of July, 2011.
Departure/Check out: is 28th July, 2011.
Number of Weeks; 2 weeks
Number of nights; 14 nights.
What is the total cost.............?Euros, Pounds or USD
Please confirm if you have accommodation on the stipulated dates and
get back to me with the total cost as soon as possible. Do calculate
the total cost yourself while replying to this mail, please.
------------------------Follow up offer May 11, 2011---------------------------
We acknowledge the receipt of your response. I wish to inform you
that we have approved the stay in your facility for the dates
mentioned, Above all, the price quotation is well accepted by us and
as such, we would want to make a part deposit payment of $ 2,000 with
a credit card to enable you hold the reservation for us.
However, I am going to send you the Credit Card Information that
will cover the cost of their accommodation, and the necessary
arrangement for tour clients. Moreover, I was able to make an
arrangement with a pre-paid flight ticketing/transportation
consultant that will provide our clients with cars,take care of their
Luggage,Other transportation logistics before, during and after their
stay in the hotel.So in order not to share the credit card
information with a third party, I have decided that only one person
will have to handle the credit card information.
Summarily, I would send to you the credit card information as soon
as I hear back from you. Once you receive the credit card, this is
exactly what you are required to do;
1. Charge a total of $ 10,000 from it.
2. Deduct $ 2,000 for the deposit cost of your services
3. Then you will send the balance of $ 8,000 to the Flight
ticketing/transportation consultant .
Finally, I would require your full contact for record purposes.
(1) Your hotel full name/address
(2) Name of the Manager/Owner
(3) Hotel's telephone and fax numbers
Please I just need this because I would have some important issues
to discuss with any of them owing to what I would need them to do
personally for us. It is very important.
NB: Balance of your payment will be paid cash upon arrival by the guests.
Defintely a scam.
I created a pretty detailed forum thread on scams with a couple of examples
It's always a scam when they request a refund back through money order or bank wire. I keep getting surprised on how many fall for it or think it's not a scam.
I love how general these emails from scammers are (ie. they write Facility instead of house, cabin).