Readers are reminded that an ever-popular scam is still being pumped out to anybody selling anything.

This works on the basis of asking the victim to bank a cheque, or charge a credit card for more than the amount wanted and to send the balance on to pay a third party, who the scammer says will be handling some aspect of the transaction. Those doing this subsequently find out that the cheque or credit card has been stolen, and that the third party is the scammer, who has disappeared with the money.

Despite being one of the oldest tricks this one still catches enough victims every week to provide a good income for the scammers.

A more detailed explanation of how it works, with copies of emails from one of the scammers working the hotel industry can be found in the June issue of Event Organisers Update – ONE FOR THE FRAUD SQUAD – see and go to archive. And pass it around please.

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