Scam Alert: Crooks target area wedding vendors

A WAVY.com scam alert: Crooks are targeting wedding vendors in the area. Scammers are telling wedding planners, florists, and cake makers that they have a lot of money to spend on an elaborate wedding. Full Story
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Cake Baker in NC

Pittsboro, NC

#1 Apr 18, 2008
We also got the same proposition on 16 Apr 08. First we received a phone message from an operator telling us to email Mike Williams. He needed a cake for 300 people on the 30th of Apr 2008 The email that we got back was as follows:

Hello , thanks for the swift reply to my order request, and you concern as well, i want you to know that am very grateful and am really inspired ever since the first time I tasted your cake in an occasion that is why I will prefer you bake for me..or i rather not bake a cake for my wedding, lol.….I will like you to bake for me a chocolate or strawberry flavour cake , and it should be decorated with roses..as seen in the picture i attached ( in the picture what you see on the side on the cake is a polka dot, dot, and i will like the color of the polka dot to be pink color). And you should also have the cake covered in fondant or butter cream ( I believe the fondant should make the journey), let inscription be writing on one as “Happy Married Life” and you will packaged in different cake boxes for pick up once its ready for pick up .
And i want you to have it ready for pick up time 11 o clock A.M 30Th April 2008..and a shipper will be coming to pick them up...to delivery to my wedding reception in Canada and i dont want you to be worried about the safety delivery of the cake. Regarding the shipping ,I have a shipping agent that will be take good care of pick up and the delivery consignments. The Shipping company will come for the pickup arrangement of the Cake at your place, at the pick up date and time.
And as I have told you don’t have anything to be worry about on the shipping of the cake it will be well secure and in a good condition on arriving the location of my wedding
reception in Toronto Canada, the shipper will be coming with there refrigerator Van for the pick up and it will be ship under the fragile shipping insurance scheme, a friend of
mine has use them before for a shipping consignment of this such and they are well secure relaible and dependable…..
So I want you to calculate for me what will be the total cost of the cake order including the decoration plus tax if included, and also I want you to add $700 for the cost of the pick up and the shipping, so once I have your reply for the total I will remit my credit card for you to charge for the total cost…so that you can have the order book right away.
And once you have the order in progress, I will provide you the shipper information,and how you will get the shipping fee to the shipper as to confirm the pickup arrangement of
the cake. I will offer you an extra $100 for taking care of my order properly and for any less stress you will go through for completing the transaction for me due to my absence.
So plus do calculate altogether the total cost of the cake + decoration and tax +$700 for shipping charges, including the $100 am offering you.And get back to me with the total
for all, so once i have the total cost i will remit my credit card for you to charge. And you should let me know the type of CC you accept Visa or Master.
I will be waiting to have your reply for the total cost.
Thanks and God bless.
Mike WIlliams.

We were very suspicius and the poor grammer in the message along with the details confirmed that something was not right. Nobody plans a wedding for 300 people in a week and a half. Be aware of these types of scams. Randy
wilsons bakery

United States

#2 Jul 1, 2008
looks like the scammers areheading to georgia...got the same identical....who can u report this to....
Amber Cake

Greenville, NC

#3 Aug 17, 2008
Got it in Greenville, NC!!!!
RAD Event Production

AOL

#4 Aug 18, 2008
Online scams targeted to wedding planners

**Wedding scam going around**. I received my first wedding scam attempt on August 9, 2008. We received an email from an "English" bride-to-be (Elizabeth Hyde Johnson) whose fianc(Michael Green) was offered a job in the U.S. working for Coca-cola, as per the bride she needed help planning a small wedding in Snellville, GA for 50 guest with a budget of $25,000.00 US. We responded to the email, drew up a tentative proposal and quoted cost of service and submitted an invoice for payment. view more at " http://radeventproduction.blogspot.com "
Judy

Kenner, LA

#5 Aug 19, 2008
We reeived the exact same wording for the scam in New Orleans. What jerks; had to tell a client it was not real; she might have gone through with it, although it looked suspicious.
Mary Cesar

United States

#6 Aug 24, 2008
We also had a request from Mike Williams, almost word-for-word. It's on our blog. http://caketalk.typepad.com/caketalk/2008/08/...
Heather - Dodson Events

Hazelwood, MO

#7 Sep 8, 2008
I also recieved the exact same email from Elizabeth Hyde Johnson about 10 days ago (EXACTLY the same email as above)... and then another one for Catherine Jones yesterday. I also responded, drew up a contract and sent it to her and quoted a cost of service. Once I got the second one within days (the emails were almost identical with very terrible broken English), I became suspicious. Thank God I googled the name and found out it was a scam before I cashed the "check".
Linda

Toronto, Canada

#8 Sep 11, 2008
I also got the same email. I have emailed Elizabeth back letting her know to google her name and see what she comes up with and told her that I was not interested in her scam and that the police had been notified. I still don't understand what she gets out of this.
Vikki

AOL

#9 Sep 17, 2008
Same e mail Hits South FL! DR. DAVID from UK
Kerim

Los Angeles, CA

#10 Sep 18, 2008
We just got a scam like this but from DR. Mark Anderson with a $25000.00 budget, requesting prompt response.
Shelly

United States

#11 Sep 24, 2008
I received a scam from a couple named Christine Handley and Leo Garry. The email address is: christinehandley@rocketmail.co m

I am located in Tennessee. They sent me a personal/company check from a company located in Indiana that was for $7500 (well over what I had required as a deposit). They wanted me to wire money to their "band" in the UK immediately after depositing it into my account. I called the bank that was on the check and the account was verified but they said the balance was zero so the check would not clear. Even though I am new to wedding planning, I saw the red flags immediately. The "band" messed up and emailed me along with part of a message that had been sent to them from a wedding planner in Little Rock, Arkansas. I contacted her and we both were confirmed in our suspicions of being scammed. We are taking all of our emails received and the UPS package along with the check to proper authorities. You can post an online complaint at:
https://complaint.ic3.gov/

Good luck and be safe out there!
Kate

Roseville, CA

#12 Nov 5, 2008
Kerim wrote:
We just got a scam like this but from DR. Mark Anderson with a $25000.00 budget, requesting prompt response.
I received an email from this same guy a few days ago. How he got my name, I am unsure. I own the business, but the email addresses are not registered under my name, they are registered under my business name.

Here is the email that he wrote:

Hello Kate,

Its nice that you responded to my inquiry. It is the wish of my fiancee to get married in your country after my dad convinced her. I have to give in to her wish and due to the fact that i do not have any one there, you will be responsible for all arrangements.

We have a budget of about $40,000 USD and i hope this will be enough to plan a memorable wedding.

Aside us, i am also expecting 30 to 40 other guest from Uk, USA, Asia and Africa. I am working with a logistic agent that will take care of their arrival and accommodation arrangements.

I will be arriving with my fiance 7 days before the wedding the arrangements for our accommodation and transportation will be taken care of by my logistic agent.He will book 2 double rooms for us for 7 nights.

I need this wedding to be a memorable one, It is a Civil wedding.

I need you to get back to me with a total estimate that will cover the arrangement listed in my previous mail to you, which you will be providing for my wedding so that i can make a deposit payment to enable you start arrangements. Once again this are the arrangements that would be provided by you:

1. venue for the wedding (its a civil wedding)
2. place for the reception
3. Videography
4. Music Entertainment
5. Photography
6. cake and flowers
7. And one honey moon suite for the night of the wedding.

I m presently in London now on an offshore work and will have to make a deposit with my credit card to you and I hope this will not pose any problem to you.

Get back to me as soon as you have the estimate for this services so that we can start of all preparation for my wedding.

I await your response.
Dr. Mark Anderson

+447045798800
Lis

Guatemala City, Guatemala

#13 Dec 13, 2008
I am from Central America, Guatemala. I received on December 2 exactly the same messagge as Kate from Sacramento CA. He insisted on pay me with a credit card, so I have to pay his "logistic agent", he asked me my personal data; I did not want to continue because I felt something was wrong...
Wedding planner

Guatemala City, Guatemala

#14 Dec 13, 2008
I am from Central America, Guatemala. I received on December 2 exactly the same messagge as Kate from Sacramento CA. He insisted on pay me with a credit card, so I have to pay his "logistic agent", he asked me my personal data; I did not want to continue because I felt something was wrong...
Katie Crain Weddings

Denver, NC

#15 Jan 10, 2009
I received a very similiar email - I am in Greenville, SC. So I guess this scam is traveling through the south. I too was wary when the person asked that I arrange everything and they could only use a cc. My version was on an oil rig in Iraq!

Another tip off was the second response was from a different email...watch out!!
Lianne

Hudson, FL

#16 Jan 11, 2009
Katie Crain Weddings wrote:
I received a very similiar email - I am in Greenville, SC. So I guess this scam is traveling through the south. I too was wary when the person asked that I arrange everything and they could only use a cc. My version was on an oil rig in Iraq!
Another tip off was the second response was from a different email...watch out!!
I received this same one but he said his name was Donald Taylor and he was on an oil rig in Iraq at the moment.
Lianne

Hudson, FL

#17 Jan 11, 2009
1st email I received

Hello,

My Name is Donald Taylor, I am looking for an experienced wedding planner who will handle my wedding and arrange the reception dinner for a group of people who will be attending the wedding ceremony.

The wedding is expected to hold on the 11th of April. 2009 and 25 to 40 guests are expected to attend. As i do not know what the guests might choose for their meals and drinks, i will make a prepayment as initial deposit for this booking via credit card once availability is confirmed by you.

You are to arrange for a venue for the wedding (its a civil wedding), a place for the reception ,Videography, Music Entertainment,Photography,cake and flowers.

If there is any these items that is beyond your capability,you let us know so that another company can handle it.

Get back to me with your response as we don't have much time with us so that we can process our accommodation within the region more convenient for you and us.

Best Regards,
Donald
Lianne

Hudson, FL

#18 Jan 11, 2009
2nd email I received

Hello Lianne,

Its nice that you responded to my inquiry. It is the wish of my fiancee to get married in your country which is also hers, after my dad convinced her. I have to give in to her wish and due to the fact that i do not have any one there, you will be responsible for all arrangements.

We have a budget of about $40,000 USD and i hope this will be enough to plan a memorable wedding.

Aside us, i am also expecting 30 to 40 other guest from Uk, USA, Asia and Africa. I am working with a logistic agent that will take care of their arrival and accommodation arrangements.

I will be arriving with my fiance 7 days before the wedding the arrangements for our accommodation and transportation will be taken care of by my logistic agent.

I need this wedding to be a memorable one, It is a Civil wedding.

I need you to get back to me with a total estimate that will cover the arrangement listed in my previous mail to you, which you will be providing for my wedding so that i can make a deposit payment to enable you start arrangements. Once again this are the arrangements that would be provided by you:

1. venue for the wedding (its a civil wedding)
2. place for the reception
3. Videography
4. Music Entertainment
5. Photography
6. cake and flowers
7. And one honey moon suite for the night of the wedding.

I am at an oil rig in Iraq now and the only means of payment that will be possible for me from here will be via my Credit card. I hope this will not pose any problem to you.

Get back to me as soon as you have the estimate for this services so that we can start of all preparation for my wedding.

I await your response.
Donald..

+447045798800
Lianne

Hudson, FL

#19 Jan 11, 2009
Isn't there some like the FCC or FBI that we could contact about these phonies?
Justice

Newark, DE

#20 Jan 11, 2009
These scamers have been around for awhile on craigs list. Craigs list put out a warning and they (scamers) are now finding other outlets.

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