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pulsar69
pulsar69  101611 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 8:13 AM

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 ....

Andrew

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collywobles
12 Feb 2013 - 8:34 AM

You have answered your own question.........

conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 9:00 AM

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.

pulsar69
pulsar69  101611 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 9:06 AM

So how would me cashing one of their cheques help them ? cheers for the replies

guidoa
guidoa  121328 forum posts United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 - 11:29 AM

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.

soundaz7
soundaz7  1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 - 11:48 AM

Trust your instincts! If it don't feel right, steer clear.

Andy_Cundell
12 Feb 2013 - 12:09 PM

They also then have your bank account details from your cheque!!Wink

Andy

thewilliam
12 Feb 2013 - 12:10 PM

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.

GeorgeBuchan
12 Feb 2013 - 4:56 PM

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.

adrian_w
adrian_w e2 Member 73305 forum postsadrian_w vcard Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 5:09 PM

And there was me thinking this was another Lucian post Wink

pulsar69
pulsar69  101611 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 5:42 PM


Quote: And there was me thinking this was another Lucian post Wink

LOL , he hasn't been around for a while has he ?

guidoa
guidoa  121328 forum posts United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 - 5:57 PM

Think he was around yesterday, complaining of downturn in bookings

pulsar69
pulsar69  101611 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 6:14 PM

cheers just seen it and put my two quid in Wink

thewilliam
12 Feb 2013 - 7:11 PM


Quote: Cheers just seen it and put my two quid in Wink

Didn't it used to be two pen'worth? Is inflation really that bad?

zed
zed  10551 forum posts United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 - 7:57 PM

This is a well known scam, have you not seen Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels?! Smile

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