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Just a quick note to wedding togs out there, I have recently received what looked to be a fairly genuine enquiry from a foreign lady wishing to book a wedding in Liverpool, I am based in Teesside which is not unusual however some of the wording in the email was a little suspect and after a brief conversation which led nowhere have now received the same original enquiry again, which has sent alarm bells ringing , the ladys name checks out to a chinese marketing manager based in Honk Kong.
Dont know yet what the score is but be aware as something doesn't sit right ....
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You have answered your own question.........
It usually involves cashing a cheque, and simply means they want to either launder money, or cheat you out of your own money, and we regularly see mention of such scams on here.
So how would me cashing one of their cheques help them ? cheers for the replies
The usual scam is that you are sent a cheque for far more than your fee/charges, the cheques is often on an obscure bank, they ask you to refund the overpayment, which people do after what they consider a reasonable time, only to find eventually that the original cheque is worthless.
Trust your instincts! If it don't feel right, steer clear.
They also then have your bank account details from your cheque!!
We had one of these about 7 years back.
The enquiry seemed kosher until UPS delivered a cheque from Lagos in Nigeria for just over £5k, which is about 10 times our booking fee. It was a company cheque so I spoke to the finance director and learned that it was forged and one of many. The prospect had asked us to deduct our fee and send the rest to the "wedding planner".
I paid the cheque in at the police station rather than the bank and asked the prospect to send another cheque but, for some strange reason, we weren't able to get any reply.
This cheque was a very good forgery and would have "un-cleared" as soon as the company noticed that some of their money had gone astray. My cheque would have been honoured, leaving me somewhat out of pocket.
We can never be certain that a cheque has irrevocably cleared, so steer clear and contact the police.
There is a family run B&B near me that have been done by the same scam, they naively cashed the cheque and refunded someone in Hungery, they have been scamed out of £20,000!!!! Its in the hand of there bank and the police now. The owners of the B&b are pretty old and never though anything of it.
And there was me thinking this was another Lucian post
Quote: And there was me thinking this was another Lucian post
LOL , he hasn't been around for a while has he ?
Think he was around yesterday, complaining of downturn in bookings
cheers just seen it and put my two quid in
Quote: Cheers just seen it and put my two quid in
Didn't it used to be two pen'worth? Is inflation really that bad?
This is a well known scam, have you not seen Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels?!
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