Originally Posted by neilda
Thank you for choosing our hotel.
I am delighted to confirm the reservations for Mr & Mrs Po Chui Yang and Mr & Mrs Fuhua Shirong. Our room rate is £275 per room, a total of £3,300 + VAT.
Please send a non-refundable deposit of 50%.
Don't do that!! The way the scam works is a follows:
- You get an enquiry which sounds promising - long stays out of season etc (for some reason, several Chinese couples honeymooning together, or Greek Priests going to a convention).
- You reply with the info they ask for - telling them what deposit they need to pay etc.
- You get a reply back really quickly, saying that they'll take the booking, and to take the money from their cedit card - details attached - and whilst you are there, can you also charge the card for the car hire, and send the money directly to the car hire company's bank account (or the interpreter, or whatever third party they think sounds convincing).
- You take your deposit, and send the money to the car hire people (or whatever) - via a wire transfer (Western Union Bank is popular for this).
- The card details are stolen. The payment you took is queried, and found to be fraudulent - so you get a chargeack on your card account.
The wire transfer you did will be untraceable, and goes back to the scammer, so they get the money for the 'car hire' etc, the person who's card they used gets their money back, and as the person/business that took the money - you (effectively) end up paying the scammer.
Incase you're wondering, I wasn't caught out, but was bored one November morning when I got an e-mail asking for 30 days accomodation for 7 Greek Priests attending a conference in Barmouth (!!). So I decided to play with the idiot - I told him I'd take the accomodation deposit - but couldn't do the rest - and he vanished!!
(If a group of 7 Greek priests actually did want to come on holiday to the UK, they'd be f***ed!!)