Ongoing e-mail scam - Entertainers beware!
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Scam E-mails - Beware!

31 May 2006

Entertainers, please be aware of an ongoing e-mail scam that is in circulation. It's easy to spot (so long as you know to look-out for it).

This is a typical example of the scam e-mail:

Hello This is Charles.I will like to know if you will be available at our service on july 28th till aug 2tst of 2006. I will be having a group of pupils and in my tutorial centre, Geneve centre point Tutors,Geneve,Swizerland coming to Uniete Kingdom on excursion. As the head of the coaching centre,we want to organise a different show ups for the kids just to freshen up there time while they are there. We will be travelling to United kingdom on the 28th of july. this year to start the excursion,we want to know if you will be available to entertain them and also make them feel happy about the excursion and to perform all activities of yours(magic,disco,balloon art,storytelling puppetsand all comedy e.t.c).They are aged from 4-12 years of age and they are up to 23 in numbers.The Ministry of education here in Geneve is sponsoring the flight and i dont want them to know about the entertainment stuff, so i am paying for the entertaining myself through a friend of mine that is in the United Kingdom. Let me know your fees for the two days 29th and 30th of july(2-2hrs) and also i will have a airline ticket send to you if you are not living near where we will be lodging,because we will be lodging in a hotel in eastsuccex, which address wont be given out now until a week before the excursion takes place.Let me know your fees and also contact information.
I will be very happy to hear back from you as soon as possible.

Charles Moore
Geneve tutors,Geneve
Swizerland

Here's a summary of how the scam works:

  • You're contacted by an individual residing in another country. They tell you that they will be in the UK on a certain date and want to book you.
  • You respond to the enquiry and they arrange to send to payment via bankers draft.
  • You receive the bankers draft (it may be for more than was arranged) and pay it in to your account.
  • If the draft was for more than arranged (a few hundred pounds), you're advised it was a mistake and are requested to transfer the overpayment back to their account. Or...
  • Just after you pay the draft in to your account, the scammer contacts you again to advise they've had to cancel and they request a refund.
  • After 7 days (the usual length of time it takes for a cheque to clear), you check your account and see the bankers draft has cleared so you transfer the money back to the scammer.
  • Several weeks later, your bank contacts you to advise the bank draft was fake. They reverse the credit to your account, leaving you several hundred pounds out of pocket.

Under no circumstance should you respond to these enquires - please delete and ignore them.

Replying to these e-mails confirms to the scammer that your e-mail address is live. You may then be targeted again or have your address added to junk mailing lists.

Whilst UK-Entertainers has tried to minimise the likelihood of you receiving these fraudulent e-mails through our system, it is impossible to eliminate them entirely.

 

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