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Old 05 August 2014, 06:43   #1
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Another scammer

I have three e mails to company address today from the same person looking to hire boats, same as earlier this year, each one a slightly different gmail address, google search it, regular scammer


Hello,

Do you have boat available for booking from 12th to 18th
October,2014.The number of guest to expect is 6 people.

Get back to me if you have opening for reservation during my stated date.

John Smith
34 St. Vincent Street
Glasgow
G2 5NW
Scotland
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Old 05 August 2014, 06:51   #2
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I have three e mails to company address today from the same person looking to hire boats, same as earlier this year, each one a slightly different gmail address, google search it, regular scammer


Hello,

Do you have boat available for booking from 12th to 18th
October,2014.The number of guest to expect is 6 people.

Get back to me if you have opening for reservation during my stated date.

John Smith
34 St. Vincent Street
Glasgow
G2 5NW
Scotland
+447087648215
It's so often the construction of sentences that gives it away....

Substitute 'John Smith' with 'Vladymir Bolokov' and then read his written enquiry out loud and it's nigh impossible to speak it in anything other than in a thick eastern European accent!
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Old 05 August 2014, 10:53   #3
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Loving the "John Smith".
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Old 05 August 2014, 13:18   #4
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What happens if you say "yes"? How does the scam work?
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Old 05 August 2014, 13:24   #5
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What happens if you say "yes"? How does the scam work?
They foxtrot oscar with your boat, presumably?
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Old 05 August 2014, 13:51   #6
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The scam starts by them offering to pay you substantially more than the cost of the charter using a credit card. They then ask you to transfer the difference to their 'agent' so that he can book their travel etc. The credit card turns out to be stolen, so gets charged back. You have then lost the money you paid to their 'agent'.
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Old 05 August 2014, 16:18   #7
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The scam starts by them offering to pay you substantially more than the cost of the charter using a credit card. They then ask you to transfer the difference to their 'agent' so that he can book their travel etc. The credit card turns out to be stolen, so gets charged back. You have then lost the money you paid to their 'agent'.
Ah! I see. But surely no one would be daft enough to fall for that one
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Old 05 August 2014, 16:19   #8
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They foxtrot oscar with your boat, presumably?
I'd assumed that the charter included a skipper/crew, not bareboat.
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Old 05 August 2014, 16:27   #9
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Yep skippered charter and it must work as we regularly see similar, the address I have seen a few times too.
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Old 05 August 2014, 17:10   #10
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This scam seems to have been doing the rounds from yacht charters in Florida to bed and breakfast in New Zealand.
www.scamwarners.com View topic - Yacht Charter Scam
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