SOME RESERVATIONS

updated december 27 2010

After the Whole Lotto Nothing, Dead Bank Customer Memorial and Disturbing Demographics pages.
Discerning readers will recognize a sub-genre of the Bogus Check scam.

The basic scam is:
"I need a { hotel reservation : your product : violin lessons : translation services }, here is my (fake) payment --
oops, I must cancel {or whatever} because { my dog died : I need an operation : whatever },
please send me a refund -- or oops, I overpaid, please refund the difference."

Most of these are sent to people at random, not hotels, and often to "undisclosed-recipients" (mass mailing to potential victims).
Hotel or B&B managers may find the INN KEEPER CASE STUDY familiar reading.

To see how scambaiters deal with this, read Bird on the Wire, featuring Norman Bates, shy proprietor of the Bates Motel.
This took an interesting turn when the scammer switched to French and badgered Norman's ex-Legionnaire pal Serge de Nîmes to send money.

 

DECEMBER 27, 2010

A Kindly Hotelier in the USA forwarded this correspondence. Note the scammer's shaky grammar, changing email addresses, and the apparent inability to spell his own name the same way twice.

first sally:

Ben Barrett <benbarrett_1@btinternet.com>
Please respond to benbaret2007@live.com

To undisclosed recipients: ;
Subject ROOM BOOKING

Hello,

I am Mr. Ben Barrett from Scotland and I wish to make reservations in your accommodation/hospitality. I hereby check for availability in your accommodation from the 12th-20th day of February 2011.I inquire for 6 double rooms in regards to 12 adult delegates. Please get back to me with the confirmation of availability and prices. I await your reply soon.
Have a nice day.

Regards,
Mr. Barrett

businesslike response:

From: Kindly Hotel Manager
To: benbarrett_1@btinternet.com
CC: benbaret2007@live.com

Dear Mr. Barrett,
Thank you for your inquiry. We would be delighted to have your group with us for arrival Feb 12 and departure Feb 20th (eight nights). We can offer rooms with two beds per room at the rate of $429 per room per night, plus taxes. Rates are subject to 10% local lodging taxes additional.

If you would like to confirm reservations, please send us your room list with the names of each guest and the credit card number with expiry date to confirm. Alternatively, you can book direct into our system using our website www.hoteldupont.com.

yours faithfully...

scammer red herring tactic (prod for figures to seem serious):

Bentland Barret <benbaret2007@live.com>
Please respond to <benbaret2007@gmail.com>

Thanks for your mail and confirmation of 6 rooms availability for the 12 adults delegates. I am grateful to that but I will love to have the total cost of 6 rooms for 10 days stay summed up and sent to me,
I will be waiting
Mr. Barrett

hotelier puzzled but polite:

To <benbaret2007@gmail.com>
cc benbaret2007@live.com, benbarrett_1@btinternet.com
Subject Reservation inquiry

Dear Mr. Barret,

Your email address keeps changing, so I hope I am getting the information to you at the right place.

February 12 to February 20 is eight days (8), not ten (10).

Here is a calculation for six (6) rooms for eight (8) nights, Feb 12 to Feb 20, 2011.

Room rate: $429 per room per night x 6 rooms = 2574
plus 10% taxes (42.90 x 6 = 257.40) =2,831.40 per night
x eight (8) nights = $22,651.20

Please note no reservations have been made, and no space is held. If you wish to hold the rooms please let me know.

If you need to change your dates to a ten (10) night stay, please let me know so I can check rates and availability for you again.

 

Nothing further yet - the scammer may have given up.


SEPTEMBER 17, 2010

Here is a scammer trying to instigate a conversation about an unrealistic rental for him and his "newlywed" wife and pets. I didn't take it any further as I get at least one of these every time I post an ad on craigslist but I thought you might find it useful to post for others to watch out for. I've learned to spot them and as a result ignore them. Hope this helps others!

 

From: Alfred Edwards <alfred006edwards@sify.com>
Date: Fri, Sep 17, 2010
Subject: Washington rental

Hi

Good day. I am very much interested in your rental. I read through the details on craigslist and i am highly interested in renting it.
I work with the united nations development program(UNDP) Edinburgh Scotland and i just got a transfer that is bringing me down to Washington in the states. I would be coming with my wife. we just got married and have no kid yet. I do not smoke neither do i keep pets so i am sure you would not have a problem with me.
I would be in the states in 2 weeks time but would really appreciate it if you can hold the place for me till i get there.
My transfer would be for a period between 3-6 years, so i would definitely be renting for more than a year. But we can start by signing a 1 year lease. I would also be paying for the whole year in one lump so you might not have to bother yourself with a credit check except you have to. I would also bring all proof of employment(letter of employment and letter of transfer) with me, and show them to you on my arrival.
If the rental is still available, i would like you to take it off the market and further showing. Please let me know so that we can make further arrangements for a holding deposit to be sent to you so that you can secure it for me till i arrive.
I sincerely look forward to hearing from you.

Alfred Edwards
APRIL 29, 2010

From: mods@hiq-forum.nl
Subject: RE: BOOKING INQUIRY
Date: April 29, 2010
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Reply-To: halfordandy90@yahoo.com.hk

Hello,

I want to make a reservation in your facility for four (4) newly ordained priests from Greece, they will be visiting your country for a seven (7) day religious program in the month of July 2010.

Please check availability and get back to me with the costs for the duration of their stay in 4 rooms for single occupancy or 2 Double/Twin rooms with 2 single beds in each for double occupancy, for the seven nights starting from 10th July - 17th July, then I can make deposit to book the rooms.

I look forward to hearing from you shortly.

Kind Regards,
Andy


2009


SEPTEMBER 27, 2009

From: info@gmail.com
Subject: Reservation Needed
Date: September 27, 2009
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Reply-To: dr.larrydan@gmail.com

Hello,
I want to make a reservation for breakfast and lunch in your restaurant for 3 days for a party of 10 persons.

The Guests will make a choice of their preferred food combination upon arrival, however I will be making an upfront payment of USD$2,000 @ USD$200 per person considering the limited time left before the arrival of the guests. I hope that is will be enough to secure the reservation?

Date Of Arrival :16th November, 2009
Date Of Departure:18th November, 2009
Length Of Stay :3 days
Number Of Guest :10
Mode of Payment :credit card

Regards,
Dr Larry Dan.
+44-703-599-4497


AUGUST 29, 2009

From: ee-clif0027@msn.com
Subject: Booking
Date: August 29, 2009
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Reply-To: clifmaneric84@yahoo.com.hk

Hello,

I want to make a reservation in your facility for four (4) newly ordained priests from Greece, they will be visiting your location for a seven (7) day religious program in the month of November 2009. Please check availability for the requested dates with the below information: Arrival date 14th November 2009
Departure date 21th November 2009
Number of people 4 persons
send me the prices for the duration of their stay in 4 rooms for single occupancy (individual prices) or 2 Double / Twin en-suite rooms for Double occupancy (4 share the rooms).
We wish to book the rooms immediately and will make a deposit as well.

I look forward to hearing from you shortly.
Kind Regards,
Eric


AUGUST 24, 2009

From: Henry Maxwell
Sent: Monday, August 24, 2009
Subject: BOOKING REQUEST..........GET BACK TO ME

Greetings,

I am Barrister.Henry Maxwell with Ramtech Programme Services,2 Farringdon Road, London, EC1M 3HN seeking for accommodation in your place.The accommodation required is 3 rooms to sleep 3 young couples for 10 nights.

THE ARRIVAL DATE IS........NOVEMBER 10TH
THE DEPARTURE DATE IS......20TH NOVEMBER 2009 (10 NIGHTS).

If the desired dates are available, please reply me, stating your group discounted reservation,including all taxes and rates,also get me the subtotal for the 10 nights. Calculate the grand total cost of the 3 rooms for 10 Nights.We will make Advance payment through a secured CREDIT CARD PAYMENT OR CHEQUE PAYMENT,Indicate if you accept CREDIT CARD PAYMENT OR CHEQUE PAYMENT.

Thanks,
Programme Director.
Barrister.Henry Maxwell
Telephone: +44 70111 74321
Telephone: +44 70359 73140
+44 70359 90304


FEBRUARY 23, 2009

From: pjocef@yahoo.com
Subject: BOOKING
Date: February 23, 2009
Reply-To: pjocef@yahoo.com

Good day

I hope this mail finds you in good health. I am Jocef Pillars with Carve Consultancy, 2 Farringdon, London, EC1M 3HN. Our agency is
involved with a group of students that will be making a sponsored workshop trip in your area and you have been recommended to us by our sister agency for you to offer varieties of food to these students for period of stay (10 students, 8boys and 2girls). The food will only be breakfast, lunch and dinner; Mondays to Saturdays .The dates desired are May. 1st to may 15 (2weeks) If the desired dates are free for reservation, get back to me with the list of your menu, also the sponsor will like to get the discounted estimated price for lunch and dinner (full course) for the whole period.
Get this estimated amount soon so we can arrange payment with their sponsor, who will pay with a certified cashier cheque, to secure the table reservation. I also hope you wont mind if the logistic agent in charge of the arrangements comes to inspect the place. Please do get back to me soon

Best regards
Jocef Pillars
FEBRUARY 20, 2009

From: henrymaxwellservice1@katamail.com
Subject: RESERVATION ENQUIRY
Date: February 20, 2009
To: barrister.henrymaxwell@yahoo.co.uk
Reply-To: barrister.henrymaxwell@yahoo.co.uk

Greetings,

I am an agent with E.CU. AUTOMOTIVES,2 Farringdon Road, London, EC1M 3HN seeking for accommodation in your place.

The accommodation required is 3 double rooms to sleep 3 young couples for 10 nights.THE DATES DESIRED ARE FROM JUNE 10TH to 20TH JUNE 2009 (10 NIGHTS). If the desired dates are available, please reply me, stating your group discounted reservation,including all taxes and rates,also the subtotal for the 10 nights. Calculate the grand total cost of the 3 rooms for 10 Nights.

We will make Advance payment through a secured CREDIT CARD PAYMENT PAYMENT,Indicate if you accept CREDIT CARD PAYMENT.
Thanks,
Programme Director.
Barrister.Henry Maxwell
Telephone: +44 70359 73140

FEBRUARY 18, 2009

From: ellis_mk7@msn.com
Subject: ACCOMODATION EQUIRY
Date: February 18, 2009
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Reply-To: ellis_mk800@yahoo.com.hk

Hello,
I want to make a reservation in your facility for Six (6) newly ordained priest from Greece will be visiting your country for a seven(7)days religious program in the month of April 2009
Arrival Date :10th April.2009
Departure Date:17th April.2009
Number of guest:6
Number of rooms:3
Kindly confirm availability and get back to me with cost so we can pay a deposit so that the rooms will be reserved for them,am waiting for your swift response.
Regards
Mr Ellis

FEBRUARY 9, 2009

From: donaldclifs05@msn.com
Subject: Enquiry Date: February 2, 2009
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Reply-To: donald_clifs003@yahoo.com.hk

Greetings,
My name is Donald Cliffs a UK citizen,but currently in Greece on a course training,am writing this email on behalf of my Greek friends because they cannot write good English,they want you to prepare a five[5] days program in your facility for them, they re from Greece and shall be touring round your City.They re coming to your country for their first Vacation visit,they re just two couples:
Mr & Mrs Yakov Lev{41 and 36yrs}
Mr & Mrs Olezhka Egor {44 and 38yrs}
Arrival date: 9th March 2009
Departure date :15th March 2009
Number of days: 5 days
Number of Guest: 4,thus they will not be touring on their arrival and departure dates.
Confirm availability and get back to me with your rates and total cost so i can give you my card details for a deposit payment.Am waiting for your reply,
Regards
Donald Cliffs

FEBRUARY 1, 2009

From: pindyckrobert0@katamail.com This IS the login name he picked
Subject: INQ....... Date: February 1, 2009
To: pindyckrobert0@yahoo.com
Reply-To: pindyckrobert0@yahoo.com

Dear Sir,

I want to make a reservation from 20TH OF MAY TO 27TH OF MAY 2009 for
6 GUEST FOR 3 double ROOMS/appartment that can accommodate 6 persons or any possible accommodation ok.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
I WAIT FOR THE TOTAL COST FOR THE PERIOD.AND I NEED TO MAKE THE PAYMENTS IN ADVANCE.
include cost of your break fast.

Thanks for your co-operation.

Kind regards,
MR JAMES MARTIN
Tele contact+4470359 58388

2008


DECEMBER 9, 2008

Sometimes they don't bother with paragraphs

From: fitzgeraldfx2@yahoo.com
Subject: booking
Date: December 9, 2008

Good day I hope this mail finds you in good health. I am Theodore OÕBrian with Carve Consultancy, 2 Farringdon Road, London, EC1M 3HN. Our agency is involved with a group of students that will be making a sponsored workshop trip in your area and we wish to inquire if you can offer varieties of food to these students for there period of stay. The food will breakfast, lunch and dinner, Mondays to Saturdays .The dates desired are March 1st to march 16 (15days). If the desired dates are free for reservation, get back to me with the list of your menu, also the sponsor will like to get the discounted estimated price for lunch and dinner (full course) for the whole period. Get this estimated amount soon so we can arrange payment with their sponsor to secure the table reservation. The payment has also has to be done with a certified cashier cheque. I also hope you wonÕt mind if the logistic agent in charge of the arrangements comes to inspect the place. Please do get back to me soon Best regards Theodore OÕBrian +447035952484


DECEMBER 14, 2008

From: info_virgintravelagency03@yahoo.co.uk
Subject: ....ENQUIRY.....
Date: December 14, 2008

Hello, I am Edmond Woods of Virgin Travel Agency,SCOTLAND.I need to make reservation for Two (2) of my client coming from London . Check-in Date : 4th March,2008 Check-out Date :19th March,2008 Number Of Rooms:2 ensuites (each for single occupancy) Length of Stay:15 Nights. Get back to me with the TOTAL COST (INCLUDING APPLICABLE TAXES)if the dates mentioned above are free,so that we can confirm reservations immediately with credit card.Your prompt response will be appreciated. Regards, Edmond Woods. Virgin Travel Agency 126 Corstorphine Road EH12 6UD Edinburgh +447031832502
NOVEMBER 21, 2008

From: theodorecousine@yahoo.co.uk
Subject: booking
Date: November 21, 2008

Good day I hope this mail finds you in good health. I am Theodore OÕBrian with Carve Consultancy, 2 Farringdon, London, EC1M 3HN. Our agency is involved with a group of students that will be making a sponsored workshop trip in your area and you have been recommended to us by our sister agency for you to offer varieties of food to these students for period of stay (16 students, 10boys and 6girls). The food will only be lunch and dinner, Mondays to Saturdays .The dates desired are Feb. 1st to 15 (2weeks). If the desired dates are free for reservation, get back to me with the list of your menu, also the sponsor will like to get the discounted estimated price for lunch and dinner (full course) for the whole period. Get this estimated amount soon so we can arrange payment with their sponsor to secure the table reservation. I also hope you wonÕt mind if the logistic agent in charge of the arrangements comes to inspect the place. Please do get back to me soon Best regards Theodore OÕBrian +447035952484


NOVEMBER 21, 2008

From: moronja8@yahoo.com
Subject: booking
Date: November 21, 2008

Hi, I am an agent with Carve Consultancy,2 Farringdon Road, London, EC1M 3HN seeking for accomodation in your place.The accommodation required is 2 double rooms to sleep 4 young couples for 20 nights.The dates desired are December 1st to 20th(20 nights). If the desired dates are available, please reply me, stating your group discounted reservation,including all taxes and rates,also the subtotal for the 7 nigths.we will make Advance payment through a secured check payment,Indicate if you accept check payment. Thanks, John Evans


NOVEMBER 10, 2008

From: brown.reservation@yahoo.gr
Subject: Booking Enquiry....
Date: November 10, 2008
Reply-To: brown.reservation1@yahoo.gr

Greeting

My name is Mr George Ray Brown, we have 6 delegates that are interested in booking your 6 single rooms for a holiday for 7 night. i can pay with CREDIT CARD.

BREAKFAST INCLUSIVE

Arrival / Check-in Date = 11th December 2008
Departure / Check-Out Date = 17th December 2008.

Hope to hear from you soonest with the total cost for the stay in Euros.

Regards,
George Brown
9 Wimpole Street , London . W1G 9SR UK
Ph: +44-703-590-5301, +44-703-590-5234


OCTOBER 13, 2008

From: mmluther@katamail.com
Subject: I AM STILL WAITING FOR YOUR EMIL CONFIRMATION...
Date: October 13, 2008
To: lawastrid@yahoo.com

Hello,
I WANT TO MAKE A RESERVATION FROM 20TH OF Feb TO 27TH OF Feb 2009 FOR 6GUEST FOR 3double ROOMS/apartment that can accommodate 6 person any possible one ok, the clients COMING from London
FOR A RESEARCH works,CHEQUE WILL

BE ISSURED TO YOU FOR THE BOOKING.LOOKING FORWARD TO HEAR FROM YOU, PLS BILL SHOULD BE IN EURO OR GBP FOR BETTER UNDERSTANDING.Also,you should include cost of your break fast
THANKS FOR YOUR ANTICIPATION.

Kind regards,
Eng LAW ASTRID
Tel : + 447024079313
Programme Director
LUCKINGS BUILDINGS AND ROOFING LIMITED
NO 170 FOREST LANE
FOREST GATE
LONDON
E7 9BB


AUGUST 8, 2008

From: dan4williams1@yahoo.co.uk
Subject: ACCOMODATION INQUIRY.....
Date: August 8, 2008
To: long list

Hello,

I am Dr.Williams Green of New Life talent Agency.I want to book reservation for a summit organised by our organisation,that will commence 20th september 2008 and end on the 29th september 2008.

Please get back to me with your rates and the total cost for 10 delegates who will stay for the duration of 9 days if these dates are free and if you can accomodate us so that we will book. Below are the Names of the Clients.

* Richard Goberson
* Sandra Achusa
* Kingsley whalter
* Mike Tompson.
* Willaims Green
*Tom Richard
*Clement Duke
*Rose Baden
*Williams Green
*Cynthia Allan

Arrival Date: 20 september
Departure Date: 29th september
Number Of People: 10

Get back to me with the available rooms information for their stay duration.
If you allow us
---------------------------
to present ourselves
who knows maybe
you can accomodate us
------------------------------
New Life talent Agency
is a small travel/talent hunt agency run by Green Family
and is situated at 7TH FLOOR ROAD
PARKFOOT - GLASGOW G65 0SP-SCOTLAND
Our complete contact address is:

NEW LIFE TALENT AGENCY GUJARAT
7TH FLOOR ROAD
PARKFOOT - GLASGOW G65 0SP-SCOTLAND-UNITED KINGDOM.


2007


DECEMBER 19, 2007

From: mike_curlins5@yahoo.com
Subject: DINNER RESERVATION
Date: December 19, 2007

Good Morning,
I am Mr. Mike Curlins,I want to book dinner for my members in your Restaurant.
Please confirm these reservation in your Facility.
Details of the Reservation :
Date:10th, 11th,12th,13th,14th 15th March 2008.
No of person:10 person
Arrival times: 6:30 PM each day
Payment Type:Credit Card Only (I hope you have credit card facilities)
Please confirm if you have the availability and provide me with the charges for 10 people in 6 days,Then we will make an advance payment to hold the booking.
I await your swift response.

Kind Regards
Mike Curlins
Phone number:+447024028980
Fax:+44-87-1256-5000
NOVEMBER 2007

From: alberto.aguero13@hotmail.com
Subject: VACATION ENQUIRY
Date: November 20, 2007
Reply-To: alberto.aguero@yahoo.es

Hello,

I am Alberto Aguero. Can you kindly confirm if there are rooms for the following dates.

Check In: 18 MAY 2008
Check Out: 23 MAY 2008
No of Nights: 5
No of rooms: 3
No of guests 6
Type of Rooms: Double
Name of Group: The Aguero Family

I am coming on a short vacation with my family to celebrate our wedding anniversary,and a friend has recommended your facility for our short stay. Can i have your rates per nite. I need to make reservation ahead of time. Thank you.

AUGUST 26, 2007

From: vacation_couple2@hotmail.com
Subject: Booking Inquiry
Reply-To: couples_vacations@yahoo.co.in

( 193.93.97.67 => Ariave Satcom LTD, so probably West African cybercafe served by satellite ISP )

Hello,

It is my pleasure to inquire for accommodations in your facility, I am Dr. Donald Sodhi, Director G-1323 Basement,Chittaranjan Park,New Delhi-110019 India. I want to book reservation for a vacation organized by our group of medical experts that will commence on the 15th of November 2007 and end on the 3rd of December 2007.Please get back to me with your rates and the subtotal cost for 4 delegates who will stay for the duration of 18 nights .If these dates are free and if you can accommodate us kindly send me a response so that I will book. I expect your urgent response.

I will be glad if you can tell us the cost of:
(1). 2 double rooms that can sleep 4guests for 18 nights.
(2). your rates per night include all taxes
(3). It's subtotal for the 18 nights.
(4). we will make payment through a secured check payment. Indicate if you accept check payment.

Kind Regards,
Dr. Donald Sodhi,
Director, G-1323 Basement,
Chittaranjan Park,
New Delhi-110019,
India.
JULY 9, 2007

From: mr.lawson_scott@yahoo.co.uk
Subject: PLEASE BOOK

DEAR SIR/MADAM,

I'M THE DIRECTOR OF MADIC AGENCY INTERNATIONAL BASED IN U.K.WE HAVE A PROGRAMME IN YOUR COUNTRY AND WILL BE SENDING DELEGATES TO YOUR HOTEL.

PLEASE, KINDLY PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR 4 GUEST. 2 DOUBLE ROOMS,FROM AUGUST 10th TO AUGUST 20th, 2007(10 nights). AND FORWARD A COMPREHENSIVE BILL FOR THE PERIOD SO THAT A CREDIT CARD WILL BE ISSUED TO YOU FOR BOOKING AND IMMEDIATE PAYMENT.

THESE ARE THE NAMES OF THE GUEST.
1.mr.lawson scott
2.MR.WILBER FREND
3.MR.CLINT PEDRO
4.MRS.REGINA PEDRO

THANKS FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED CO-OPERATION

mr.lawson scott

MADIC AGENCY INTERNATIONAL,
Scotland,
UK,
PA1 2BE
phone :+447045701786
fax:+44870 974 5842
APRIL 19, 2007

From: john_nicholas001@yahoo.co.uk
Subject: Booking Enquiry

Hello,
I am John Nicholas,A reservation consultant.I wish to book for reservation for FOUR(4) of my client.All are adults and they are all members of Cfan(Christ for all nation)London.

PURPOSE OF COMING:An international summit/retreat was scheduled to hold in your location on the 23rd of July 2007 to 30th July 2007.

Number of rooms; 4 rooms

Number of nights:7 nights

Please do Get back to me with the TOTAL COST + APPLICABLE TAXES if the dates mentioned above are free so that we can confirm reservations immediately with CREDIT CARD.Your prompt response will be appreciated.Thanks.

Best Regards,
John Nicholas.

APRIL 2, 2007

From: kenbruce22@yahoo.com
Subject: Urgent bookings.....

Hello Sir /Ma
I will like to book an apartment for my client comming your hotel for business puporse ,and i will want you to confirm to me if you do accept payment via credit card if yes i will you to confirm the below booking for my client below is their names and arrival and departure:
Tel:009447024054054804
Name of pax:

Mr Ozlem Frug
Mrs Jennifer hu
Mrs Jeremy Bloom

Arrival:01/7/07
Depature:05/7/07

Room Type: Single for all pax.

I will want you to confirm the availabilty and fare to enable me send you my credit card details for you to charge and debit total amount .
Note:
Also want you to know that i will be the one to pay for my client in advance.Hope to read the total cost from you.

Best Regard
ken
MARCH 2007

From: viviancool300@yahoo.com
Date: March 12, 2007
To: hous-xxxxxxxxxx@craigslist.org
Subject: In need of a room
Reply-To: viviancool2006@myway.com

My name is Vivian Brown. 26yrs from England.I am intersted in the apartment you advertised in www.craigslist.org .I am a very tolerant person and down to earth.Kindly get back to me if the place is still available for rent,also i will like to know more details as regards the room and let me know exactly what to pay as deposit to secure the place before my arrival.I look forward to hearing back from you ASAP.
Regards,
Vivian.

FEBRUARY 2007

From: Ron Stewart <edonappen1@yahoo.com>
Date: February 1, 2007
To: potential victim
Subject: ROOM NEEDED URGENTLY IN YOUR CITY..............
Reply-To: edonappen@yahoo.com

Hello ....

My name is Ron Stewart and i am the Sales rep for Andrew Parker Arts and Craft...we have an Obligation of bringing some reps to your city and i have to confirm and affirm how it goes with the apartment thing,because i belive it seems cheaper that hotel bills..

We seem very interested in getting this appatment ...pls do get back to me and let me know if it still available and al due protocols...Ofcourse this rooms are to be lived in by our new found rep and they are all Females....

Get back to me with the total cost for three months and let me know all neccessary conditions ....and after awhich when we get your response a proposal of payment will be sent to you and all neccessary things will want to be met.....

Hope to read from you soon and as soon as it can be.....

Ron Stewart

2006


NOVEMBER 21, 2006

From: ndmartins4ril@gmail.com
Subject: Booking Equriy

Hello

My name is Martins Smith of Golden Way Travel Agency Scotland.I need to make reservation for Four(4) of my client coming from London .

Arrival Date:7th December,2006
Departure Date:14th December,2006
Number Of Rooms:4 Rooms
Length of Stay:7 Nights.

Please do Get back to me with the TOTAL COST + APPLICABLE TAXES if the dates mentioned above are free so that we can confirm reservations immediately with CREDIT CARD.Your prompt response will be appreciated.Thanks.

Best Regards.
Martins Smith
OCTOBER 23, 2006

From: scott@scottlawson.orangehome.co.uk
Subject: booking
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;

DEAR SIR/MADAM,

I'M THE DIRECTOR OF ORANGE HOME CONSULTS, BASED IN GLASGOW.WE HAVE A PROGRAMME IN YOUR COUNTRY AND WILL BE SENDING DELEGATES TO YOUR PLACE.

PLEASE, KINDLY MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR 4 GUEST. 2 DOUBLE ROOM, FROM THE 20TH OF NOV TO THE 27TH OF NOV.AND FORWARD A COMPREHENSIVE BILL FOR THE PERIOD SO THAT A CREDIT CARD WILL BE ISSUED TO YOU FOR BOOKING AND IMMEDIATE PAYMENT.

THANKS FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED COOPERATION
PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

Mr.Scott Lawson

ORANGE HOME CONSULTS.
29BR, Dalmarnock Rd, Rutherglen,
Glasgow,
Lanarkshire G73 1BL
phone :+447031851535
fax:+44870 974 5842

AUGUST 13, 2006

From: reservationenquiry@virgilio.it
Subject: ENQUIRY
Date: August 13, 2006
Reply-To: reservationenquiry@yahoo.co.uk

Sir/Madam,

I have a reservation enquiry to make with respect to 2 Pastors and there wives that will be visiting your country on evangelical/pastorial mission. They are expected to arrive in your country on the 20th of september till the 30th of september 2006.
ARRIVAL DATE: 20TH SEPTEMBER, 2006 DEPARTURE: 30TH SEPTEMBER,2006
NAMEOF THE VISITOR:
1. PASTOR KARL & MARIA PAULA
2.. PASTOR DAVID & HELEN BURN .
Sequel to this visit, they would be accomodated in 2 double suites. I wish to confirm the following information with your
hotel; 1.Do you still have accomodation available on the above dates?
2. What is the total cost for the days in Dollar or Euro? 3. Do you
take credit card payment? I need to know these information as soon as
possible because, I would need to arrange for your payment for they would travel to Iran on the same mission. Thanks for your anticipated
co-operation.

Remain blessed.
Evang. Nelson Woodman.
SEPTEMBER 22 2006

[sent to random person in USA]

From: pzonetravel2@aol.com
Subject: RESERVATIN BY CREDIT CARD
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Received: from 196.207.130.68 <-- afrihub.com, Enugu, Nigeria

Good day Sir/Madam,
I am Dada of pzone Travel Agency,SCOTLAND.I need to book a reservation for a group of four (4) delegates coming from London.
Arrival Date:1st nov,2006
Departure Date:15th nov,2006
Number Of Rooms:2 with double bed or 4 single Rooms
Length of Stay:14 Nights
Names Of Guest.............................................Age
1.Davis Brown..............................................32
2.Elizabeth Mayor..........................................35
3.Garcia Allens.............................................28
4.Clark Bright...............................................30
Get back to me if the dates mentioned above are free,so that we can book reservations immediately with my CREDIT CARD.
Your prompt response will be appreciated.
Regards,
Dada Smith. Reservation Agent,pzone Travels


AUGUST 4 2006

From: sheila.scraton@virgilio.it
Subject: RESERVATION
Reply-To: info_smith_edu@yahoo.co.uk
X-Originating-Ip: 196.207.12.2 <-- Koochi Communication Limited, Lagos

HELLO,

I AM DR.WALTER SMITH, I WANT TO MAKE A RESERVATION FOR MY SON AND THE NEWLY WEDDED WIFE FOR A PERIOD OF 14DAYS STARTING FROM 14TH OCT TO 28TH OCTOBER.
KINDLY GET BACK TO ME WITH THE TOTAL COST OF THEIR STAY INCLUDING ALL TAX SO THAT I WILL MAKE PAYMENTS FOR THEM WITH MY CREDIT CARD.

REGARDS,

WALTER SMITH TEL:07031906239


JULY 28 2006

From: plasat.magnum@virgilio.it
Subject: Lunch reservation get back to me immediately
Reply-To: plasat_magnum01@yahoo.com
X-Originating-Ip: 86.62.8.234 <-- DigitalSkys , Dubai Internet City

Hello Dear,

We want to book LUNCH (Meal) reservations with your Restuarant for our Delegates that are visiting your area forInternatonal bussiness exhibition/negotiations. They are 10 delegates in number and will be fed with lunch for 20 days. They will arrive on 20 AUGUST 2006.

We will generally prefare you to give us the average prices of your 2 course meals(lunch), (Main course and Desert) for us to book for them

We will also like to book rooms for them if posible

Please do get back to me immediately for futher negociations

Kind regards
Plasat Duncan Magnum


JULY 27 2006

From: jones_morgan1@virgilio.it
Subject: BOOKING..
Reply-To: jones_morganreservations2@yahoo.co.uk
X-Originating-Ip: 86.62.8.234 <--[ DigitalSkys, Dubai Internet City ]

Hello Dear,

I am Jones Morgan Dabbs Coventry,United Kingdom.I will like book reservation for some delegates that will be coming for summit in your area on the 20th August to 30th August 2006. If you have vacancy for the specified period, give me the total cost for the whole period of 5 single rooms for 10 nights for 5 guest.

Also, confirm if you will accept major credit card for your payment.

Again, Breakfast will be included.

Thank you and looking forward to hearing from soon.
The total cost should be in Pounds.

Kind
Regards,
Jones Morgan..
+447024017988
JUNE 19 2006

From: ricks_harris@yahoo.com
Subject: RESERVATION IN SWISS FOR ANTHONIA /LANRE/ SOLAGBADE/ MRS
To: ricks_harris@yahoo.com
Received: from [196.3.62.3] <-- Starcomms Nigeria Limited, Lagos

Attn Sir/Ma,

Am RICKS HARRIS ,owner of Ricks Design In'c Ltd.UK.

I will like to make an hotel reservation for my Staff coming to your country for a 10 day design course organised by my company.

Kindly provide me with the rate for the period below:

Check in : 20Th JULY .2006
Check out : 30Th JULY .2006
DURATION OF STAY:10DAYS
SINGLE ROOM
GUEST NAME: ANTHONIA /LANRE/ SOLAGBADE/ MRS

Kindly provide me with the total rate for this period and i shall get back to you with the Payment of the total cost of their stay.

I shall be responsible for all the payment for these services and it will be made via my secured redit cards(MasterCard/Visa).

Also note that we will not allowed our Credit cards to be use for Guarantee becost will want to settle the bill before arrivaling of our Guest.

Await your anticipted response andco-operation.
Regards,
RICKS HARRIS
JUNE 5 2006

From: adel_balawi@virgilio.it
Subject: reservations
Reply-To: mail2balawi@yahoo.co.in
X-Originating-Ip: 196.207.12.2 <-- Koochi Communication, Lagos

Good day Sir/Madam,
I am ADEL BALAWI from India.I need to book a reservation for my clients (4) coming from India.
Arrival Date:20st Sept,2006
Departure Date:31th Sept,2006
Number Of Rooms:2 with double bed or 4 single Rooms
Get back to me if the dates mentioned above are free,so that we can book reservations immediately with my CREDIT CARD.
Your prompt response will be appreciated.
Regards,
ADEL BALAWI
MAY 31 2006

From: jemmyblessedniglimted@yahoo.com
Subject: Hotel reservation
Reply-To: jemmyblessedniglimted@yahoo.com
Xoriginalsenderip: 196.1.176.178 <-- Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd., Abuja

Hello i want to booking room in your hotel so i will like to come there on the 15th june to 30th june so get back to the price for double or single room so i can send my credit cards to you for the payment.

James
MAY 9 2006

From: equity_ass@yahoo.com
Subject: RESERVATION

I have a new email address!
You can now email me at: equity_ass@yahoo.com

DEAR SIR/MADAM,

I'M THE DIRECTOR OF MADIC AGENCY INTERNATIONAL BASED IN U.S.A..WE HAVE A PROGRAMME IN YOUR COUNTRY AND WILL BE SENDING DELEGATES TO YOUR HOTEL.

PLEASE, KINDLY PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR 4 GUEST. 4 SINGLE ROOM OR 2 DOUBLE ROOM,FROM THE 20TH OF MAY TO THE 27TH OF MAY.AND FORWARD A COMPREHENSIVE BILL FOR THE PERIOD SO THAT A CREDIT CARD WILL BE ISSUED TO YOU FOR BOOKING AND IMMEDIATE PAYMENT.

THANKS FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED COOPERATION

- BAR.MIKE LONGJOHN
MARCH 15 2006

From: adexenchy@yahoo.com
Subject: hotel reservation enquries
Received: from [81.199.52.166] <-- Gilat, an Israeli satellite communications company which serves West African ISPs (and has been responsive to spam complaints)

Hello,
I am an agent, so i have 10 client which are in need of four rooms for 10 night.
They are coming from Africa for a purpose so i will like to know if you can reserved four rooms for them for ten night, so i can tell you the arriving date and time. Pls get back to me with the total cost of everything cause i will be the one paying for every charges.
Get back to me asap.
From Mr ade Filic
FEBRUARY 19 2006

From: ray_london_8@msn.com
Subject: Apartment !!!!!!!!
To: A Restaurant in Ireland
Reply-To: ray_london_8@yahoo.co.uk
X-Originating-Ip: [80.89.177.57] <-- CobraNet, Beirut, with Lagos contact
X-Originating-Email: [ray_london_8@msn.com]
X-Sender: ray_london_8@msn.com

Dear Client,

Compliments Dear.

I am so much interested in the booking of your Hotel Reservations.I am an Italian citizen but just based in Nigeria for business reasons. I am a dealer of Real Leather Products, and Intends to visit your country for an international Conference & Seminar.

I need to know the pricelist of your apptrment and the details of contacts. I shall be making out the payment immediately you give me your prices including the full contacts& pricelist. I need to know what you thnik am talking about and your possible convictious that will bring us closer before my arrival. I shall be waiting for your positive response. and pls do not forget to send to me the Hotels brochures/catalogues. If your of genuine intensiosn, you can feel free and contact me privately E-mail address: josebautista299@yahoo.it

Very Many Thanks

Jose Bautista
FEBRUARY 19 2006

From: luc_olivier@hotmail.fr
Subject: ASK RESERVATION DU 01/03/06 AU 11/03/06
To: luc_olivier@hotmail.fr
X-Originating-Ip: [196.201.95.199] <-- AvisoNet, Côte d'Ivoire

Hello Mr. or Mrs.,
I am Mr. Luc Olivier I would wish to carry out a reservation of 2 double rooms.
Thus I would like reserver for one 10 days duration for a seminar
.PLEASE COMMUNICATE THE VARIOUS TARIFFS OF THE ROOMS AVAILABLE TO ME

ARRIVAL: 01/03 /06
DEPARTURE : 11/03/06

I PAY A the ADVANCE BY CREDIT CARDS VISA CARD OR MASTERCARD
I would like you ask for a service which is as follows: Thus, I would like that you debitez on my numbers of CB the amount of invoice reservation + the sum of 3000 euros in order to carry out one mandate western union towards the ivory dimension the travel agency for the purchase plane tickets as of the my collaborators and me same which have already ete reserve aupres of that Ci in ivory Coast.
PS: Prayer to want preciser well if you agree to return it to us service or not.
Thank you for your comprehension.
Luc Olivier
JANUARY 13 2006

From: petegraceg@yahoo.com
Subject: reservation
To: petegraceg@yahoo.com
Received: from [80.179.249.198] <-- Gilat

Hello,
I am Barr.PETER BRADFORD of {Haryana agency gujarat India }we want to book reservation for a summit organised by our organisation,that will commence 20th FEB. 2006 and end on the 28th FEB. 2006.
Please get back to us with your rates and the total cost for 5 delegates who will stay for the duration of 8 days if these dates are free and if you can accomodate us so that we will book.
I expect your urgent response.
Kind Regards,
mgt
... and a real (scammy) tale...

From: Kindly Contributor in Canada

Hello Scamorama,

This email had been emailed to us last year in November requesting reservations for December, but I just deleted it because I knew it was a scam.

We have received this email once again and I figured I would send it to you to see what you think of it. I didn't notice another scam on your website similar to this one.

Thank you.

God Bless,
xxxxx

----- Original Message -----
From: serge kapo
To: sergekapo@yahoo.fr
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006
Subject: reservation

Hello
I'm Mr serge kapo I'm looking for the enchanting frame for passing my holidays. I subject to you my reservation for
2 doubles rooms for 4 persons .
Period: mars 20th - mars30th.
Time arrival 12:30 AM

Send me your differents tariffs in order that I send to you my credit card for the payment in advance by Visa or Master . Have you a terminal for taking away on the credit card ? . But however i ask a favour of your hotel before coming in your hotel i would need computers for the ceremony that I organize for the bests office workers in my shop and I will give them some presents and there are 08 computers like the following one.

Satellite P30-135 P4 552/ XP Home/ 512Mo/ 100Go/ 17"WXGA/ DVDSuperMulti

I ask you to do this service because it's very important for me .
I must give them during the ceremony so I need them before coming in your hotel I promise this ceremony since 2 months so help me because I won't disappoint my office workers and the all people who I 've invit for it
I ask you simply that you take the price of computers to the surrounding shop and also the costs of shipping by UPS for the sending of computers on Ivory coast

And add your commission of 1000 euros for your generosity
After that you add the all amount to my reservation invoice for the global payment
( Rooms + computers +shipping costs + commission )
If I will have receive the total invoice I wil send to you my number of credit card in them you will debit via your terminal the total amount of my reservation

In waiting for meet you in your hotel
serge kapo


ACTUAL HOTEL CORRESPONDENCE

A Bulgarian hotel (hereafter referred to as Some Hotel in Sofia) was approached by scammers ("Ken Edward"). This information relayed to Scamorama by the Foreign Office.
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Thu, 15 Dec 2005

Some Hotel in Sofia wrote:

Dear Mr. Edward,

Merry Christmas!

I'm sorry for the delay of my respond.
The total cost of your stay will be:

if you choose double rooms: 10 days x 23 euros x 5 rooms = 1150 euros
if you choose single rooms 10 days x 18 euros x 10 rooms= 1800 euros.

You can choose a combination of these rooms and make a calculation.

Kindest regards,

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Mon, 26 Dec 2005

From: "Ken Edward" <kennethedward_esq@yahoo.co.uk>

To: "Some Hotel Sofia"

Thanks for your reply and assistance so far .I am glad to tell you that we have concluded payment with the delegates.

However, a Certified Bank Check of 7,000EURO was earlier made out by the Christian organization, for a hotel whose services were not up to the standard of what your hotel is offering to us now. Which was meant for the accommodation, provision for car hiring and other necessary arrangement.

I have now been instructed to send you the Check Payment, which will cover the cost of accommodation and all the necessary arrangement for the delegates.

Moreover, we also made an arrangement with a pre paid car hiring firm who will supply the delegates with cars they will use during their stay.

So you are required to deduct the cost of your services 1,800EURO and send the balance of 5,200EURO via Western Union Money Transfer, to the car hiring agent whose information will be forwarded to you as soon as possible.

So confi rm this and provide me with your (1) YOUR FULL NAME (2) ADDRESS (3) PHONE NUMBERS, for payment to be delivered to you via courier.However,you will have to deduct the cost of the transfer from my client's fund.

Please remember that the integrity of our agency is involved, so this business requires prompt response. I also hope the stay of the delegates will be made comfortable.

this credait card detail is to reserve the rooms for the delegate but do not charge any money from it ok

Name: Somebody's name
CC Number: Somebody's credit card number - probably stolen
CC EXP: 1/31/0x
CCV2: xxx
Kind Regards,
MY NUMBER IS 00447919858559

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Some Hotel in Sofia wrote:

Dear Mr. Edward,

I would like to tell you that if you pay us just a deposit for the first 3 nights it will be enough to make a booking.
This with the check seems a bit compicated for us, but if you insist we'll do it your way. Western Union charges 8-10% commission when you recieve the money, or approximately 500 USD for the amount of 5200 USD.

Kindest regards

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Wed, 28 Dec 2005

"Ken Edward" <kennethedward_esq@yahoo.co.uk< wrote:

Subject: Let me clarify this to you............

Let me clarify this to you.the organisation issued out a Certified Bank Check of 7,000euro which will cover for all bills acrueable from your establishment and also an oustanding balance for the services of car rentals and logistics arrangements for the delegates which will be handle by an accredited agent whom you will be introduced to once payment is affected and sent to you.When you recieve the payment you will have to deduct the price of your services 1,800euro and send the balance 5,200euro back to a pre paid car hiring firm who will supply the delegates with cars they will use during their stay via westernunion International transfer,to enable him offsett charges/arrangements.Please if ok by you send your name,address,phone number for the payment to be sent to you via courier mail.However,you will have to deduct the cost of the transfer from my client's blanace.
Hear from you soon,

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Some Hotel in Sofia wrote:

Dear Mr. Edward,

Here are my full details:

(address, telephone number omitted)

Would you please give me some more information where should I send the rest of the money.
Have a nice holiday.

Kindest regards

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Fri, 30 Dec 2005

"Ken Edward" <kennethedward_esq@yahoo.co.uk< wrote:

To: "Some Hotel Sofia"

Names of the guests and addresses will be sent to you immediately you are in receipt of the cheque for record purposes and proper identification.Also am forwarding your information for your payment to be processed and sent immediately. i will keep you informed on developments.

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Mon, 16 Jan 2006

"Ken Edward" <kennethedward_esq@yahoo.co.uk< wrote:

Subject: UPDATE.........
To: Some Hostel in Sofia

GOODDAY,
PLEASE I WANT TO INFORM YOU THAT YOUR PAYMENT WAS SENT IN FORM OF CASHIERS CHECK AND YOU WILL BE RECEIVING PAYMENT VIA REGULAR MAIL DELIVERY ON OR BEFORE FRIDAY THIS WEEK.PLEASE EMAIL ME IMMEDIATELY YOU RECEIVE THE CHECK SO THAT I WILL INSTRUCT YOU ON WHAT TO DO.
HAVE ANICE DAY.

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Some Hotel in Sofia then wrote to the Foreign Office:

Dear Mr/Mrs,

Few hours ago my business partner told me about her correspondence with a potential customer. Can you give me please some advice about this person and what action to take.
Thanks in advance.

(owner)
Some Hotel Sofia, Bulgaria

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Lady Agatha Bristol responded with the following advice:

From: Lady Agatha Bristol
Subject: Bulgarian Hotel Scam?
Date: January 19, 2006

Dear Hotel Owner,

Thank you for your note.

Whilst we are not qualfied to give legal or financial advice, especially given that you are in another country, I would make the following suggestions.

This definetely looks highly suspicious; asking you to deduct money from a cheque for an amount that is higher than the price of your rooms and asking you to send the balance by Western Union is a classic example of advance fee fraud, or 419 fraud.

That your hotel is being targeted is rare - it is the first example we have come across.

The cheque from Mr Edward's "organization" may look like it has cleared but it is highly likely it is a fake and you will be liable for any money that you send to this gentleman. The credit card is likely to have been stolen, or the card stolen and the details put onto a blank card with the original being destroyed.

Have you sent any money? If so, stop the payment *immediately*. Do not, under any circumstances whatsoever, give this man any money.

Another suggestion would be to tell him that you accept cash on check-in (or check-out) only. His reaction will tell you what you need to know.

I suggest you print out your correspondence with this man and take it to your local law enforcement office and your bank as soon as possible.

Remember, you have done nothing wrong.

Good luck.

Yours ever

Lady Agatha Bristol, CBE
Head of Special Operations, Foreign Office, London

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