Wedding Professionals Beware

We have all heard about and seen lottery scams (the place you get an e mail out of the blue saying you’ve got gained a lottery… that you do not even keep in mind getting into!), the scams the place telemarketers insist they want your SS#, the scams the place you obtain an e mail from a bank card firm stating they should confirm your SS# and different information (half the time you do not even have an account with the corporate!), and my favourite… the e-mail from a Authorities official in Nigeria that always begins “Pricey Madam, I obtained your info from a confidential supply…” The letter then goes on to inform you a narrative of an enormous sum of money hidden abroad that the author of the letter needs to place in your checking account. In return, he guarantees you an enormous minimize of the money. Actually? Come on! And there are quite a few extra scams that we have all encountered.

Just lately I used to be approached by two that I had by no means heard of. So I needed to move this on to be sure that no one falls for these. Fortunately I did not fall for them, however I can see how some individuals would. One is focused at wedding ceremony professionals, and the opposite at anyone!

I just lately acquired the next e mail:

Greetings, My Identify is Capt.Brian Stark, I’m on the lookout for an skilled wedding ceremony planner who will deal with my wedding ceremony. The marriage is to carry on the eighth October 2009 and 40 friends are anticipated to attend. You’re to rearrange for Videography, Music, Leisure, Images, Officiant/Priest & cake, flowers and Reception Venue. If there’s any of these things that you simply can’t deal with, you tell us in order that one other firm can deal with it. As i have no idea what the friends may select for his or her meals and drinks, i’ll make a prepayment as preliminary deposit for this reserving as soon as availability is confirmed by you. Greatest Regards, Capt.Brian Stark, +1 360 450 2124

The very first thing I did was see the place the 360 space code was from. It was close to Seattle, WA. I assumed it was a bit unusual however I emailed him again to get additional info. He stated he was trying to get married in Harrisburg, PA as a result of that is the place most of his Military buddies have been from. I additionally observed the date was a Thursday so I requested why a Thursday. He stated as a result of most of his pals have been being deployed to Iraq that coming Saturday.

I advised him I might name him to get extra particulars. Once I did I had a ton of inquiries to ask him, as any good planner ought to. I might inform I used to be getting him flustered with all of the questions. I assume it was simpler to make up lies by way of e-mail! He lastly hung up on me. So I referred to as again and there was no voice mail, the telephone simply rang and rang. I then searched on the web and positive sufficient, different planners had encountered, and fallen for, this rip-off. The best way it really works is the shopper sends your deposit together with some extra cash. He then needs you to ship that extra cash to the band he’s reserving. After doing that about 30 days later you discover out the verify bounced however it’s too late, you’ve got already despatched the cash to this “band” who is definitely a associate of his within the rip-off. After looking the web I discovered comparable scams for wedding ceremony photographers additionally. So beware… belief your instincts… if it appears fishy all the time test it out first!

The subsequent rip-off is focused in the direction of anybody! I lately listed a Coach bag on the market on Craigslist. I acquired an e-mail from somebody stating he needed to purchase it for his daughter. He stated he would pay me each for the purse and the cash to ship it to his daughter. He was going to pay me by way of PayPal. Sounds nice up to now…

The subsequent day I obtained an e mail from him stating he made the cost via PayPal. I additionally received an e mail from PayPal (at the least what appeared like an official PayPal e-mail) stating that there was a cost ready for me from this man however earlier than they might launch it they wanted me to ship them the delivery affirmation. It said that this was their new coverage. The humorous factor is the e-mail even addressed PayPal frauds! Ha! Guess he thought that might actually idiot me! I received two different official wanting emails shortly after that.

The very first thing I did was go on to my PayPal account (NOT utilizing the hyperlink within the e mail). I did not see any cash deposited or something a few new coverage of needing cargo information earlier than releasing a cost. So I discovered an e mail tackle for PayPal scams and forwarded them the emails. They instantly confirmed it was a fraud.

With this fraud they would not get any cash, however they might get away with the merchandise you’re promoting! I confirmed the e-mail to some individuals they usually stated they undoubtedly would have fallen for it. If you would like me to ahead the emails to you so you recognize what to observe for simply e mail me at To report scams take a look at this hyperlink, it is how I discovered the e-mail handle for the PayPal rip-off.

Please move this information on so no one falls for both of those scams! Thanks!

Source by Melissa Miville