2 Replies Latest reply: May 15, 2011 10:25 PM by claudio.meira RSS

    Scam Booking

    New Member

      Hi

      I just wanted to warn everyone of a booking scam. It's the old, overpayment check one again. They claim to live in Lithuania. I got them to send me the check, it was drawn on the UlsterBank and was in the name of Ocean Finance & Mortgage Services. The bank branch address was in Dublin Ireland.

      I checked with the bank the sort code and account numbers were invalid. I have passed on the details to the bank and the police. Just wanted to warn people to be carefull

        • Scam Booking
          gotomike Contributor

          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---------------------------

           

          Sir/Madam

           

           

           

             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.

           

           

           

             Regards,

           

             Lloyd  Henry

           

          +447024097831

           

          +447024076190

           

           

           

          ------------------------Follow up offer May 11, 2011---------------------------

           

           

           

           

           

          Greetings,

           

             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.

           

             Kind Regards,

           

           

           

             Lloyd Henry

           

           

           

          +447024097831

           

           

           

          +447024076190

          • Scam Booking
            Contributor

            Defintely a scam.

             

            I created a pretty detailed forum thread on scams with a couple of examples

             

            http://community.homeaway.com/thread/1670

             

            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).