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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


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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
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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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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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What happens if you say "yes"? How does the scam work?
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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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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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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We have had the same, but wanting to book courses, doing the same thing.
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Out of interest I wanted to have a look to find out where exactly 34 St Vincent Street, Glasgow is? The only building I can find is this rather grand entrance next to the Skipton Building Society at 50 St Vincent Street. Anyone from Glasgow know what the building is? Please don't say it's the HQ for the serious fraud office!
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Out of interest I wanted to have a look to find out where exactly 34 St Vincent Street, Glasgow is? The only building I can find is this rather grand entrance next to the Skipton Building Society at 50 St Vincent Street. Anyone from Glasgow know what the building is? Please don't say it's the HQ for the serious fraud office!
I know that place John Smith lives there !!
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Lol just google 34 St. Vincent Street Glasgow
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I know that place John Smith lives there !!
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John has been busy!
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I know that place John Smith lives there !!

we could always open a book to see if he does


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Just had a look on scamwarners, & it's as SWBT said, advance payment etc. I just can't believe that anyone would fall for it, let alone a business. It's the kind of obvious, blunt scam that you'd have zero sympathy for any numpty who got taken in.

PS, anybody want a cheap Betamax?
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Poor Ol John Smiff, has so many email addresses and each e mail has the same words and date of inquiry

John Smith <joh619v@gmail.com>
John Smith <joh06vv@gmail.com>
John Smith <joh06v@gmail.com>

This must work somewhere as he has tried before with a few operators locally I know.

Occasionally I feel like running with it to see how far we can keep him/her on the line and offering some ridiculous bathtub based in outer Mongolia!
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I'll take the charter and his money but wouldn't transfer the money back, just to see what he would do
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