A listing of names and e-mail addresses that I have come across that seem to be being used in booking scams. Please send me any others you may have come across.
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I’m a 19 year old and I’m currently studying BCom Auditing and I’m employed in an accounting firm but in December I will be changing my study field as I am highly interested in Travel & Tourism.
Im hoping to get a ‘live in’ hotel job as I want to do something that I enjoy. I would really appreciate it if you could have a look at my CV and assist me.
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Sender: BARRY COLEMAN
From: BARRY COLEMAN <email@example.com>
The mail message exactly as I received it.
Dear sir/ma I'm really glad to contact you about some reservations i'll like to book for my guests in your hotel. I'm Mr Barry Coleman a citizen of United Kingdom . but i'm currently in germany for a construction purpose. Please note that my guests are coming to your country for the holiday vacation and i'll want them to lodge in your hotel. Three couples will be coming , so go ahead and reserve rooms for the below details. GUESTS NAMES. Room rate 1.MR/MRS thompson double ROOM 2.MR/MRS PETER double ROOM 3.MR/MRS john double ROOM TOTAL : 3 DOUBLE ROOM. CHECK IN : 20/03/ 2009 CHECK OUT :25/03/ 2009 So, go ahead and reserve three double room for the dates provided above and kindly get back to me with the total cost in english pounds. ( GBP OR DORLLARS) .. Then i can provide my credit card details for you to charge the amount. Also, please note that i'll not provide my credit card for you to use as guarantee, note that the total amount will be charge from it and i'll be needing an invoice after i have make the payment. So, confirm availability and get back to me with the total cost in english pounds ( GBP OR DOLLARS ). Awaiting your swift response. Many thanks, Barry Coleman
Obvious clues that this is a scam.
- 3rd party mail account
- Different From and Reply To
- Case Misuse/Abuse
- Extra Spaces
- I’m not a hotel, do you book before you know what for and how much
I responded with the following mail
Thank you for your enquiry. I have space on the dates you requested.
6 people for 5 nights @ R450 per person per night = R13500 or 1000GBP
50% booking confirmation fee = 500GBP
Please send though your credit card details so that I can deduct the Booking Confirmation fee.
Thanks for the bookings and the total cost of the accommodation is okay by me and i’m ready to pay the bills.
I want you to help me send (GBP 4,500) to a travel agent. This (GBP 4,500) That will be sent to this Travel agent is for the Air-ticket fare of my staffs coming down to your country which will be deducted from my secured credit card.
Also, i’m compesating you with the sum of (GBP 500) for the transfer fee and for your efforts.
Note: that i should have given the travel agency my credit card for him to deduct the ticket funds but he does not have the facilities to charge or debit credit card .
Therefore, the charges that you will make on my credit card will be :
Reservation Fee: (GBP 1,500 )
Travel Agent Fee: (GBP 4,500)
Transfer fee & compesation Fee: (GBP 500 )
TOTAL COST TO BE CHARGED: (GBP 8,500)
Do get back to me if you are in the office right now, so that i can forward you my credit card details to charge full amount and transfer the Travel Agent funds.
Thanks For Your Understanding.
AWaiting your Quick Response.
Not to be confused with the modern-day Zululand District Municipality (DC26), which is 1 of the 11 districts in the KwaZulu Natal Province.
Zululand is depicted to extend along the east coast of Natal, North of the Tugela River and South of the Pongola River as can be seen from the image below.