Scam Alert: Crooks target area weddin...

Scam Alert: Crooks target area wedding vendors

There are 313 comments on the WAVY Norfolk Hampton Roads story from Apr 17, 2008, titled Scam Alert: Crooks target area wedding vendors. In it, WAVY Norfolk Hampton Roads reports that:

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.

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MoonChild

Bangalore, India

#280 Feb 19, 2011
haha funny, I had sent him/her an eMail and they have replied as well. But irony, the eMail header says the name is WILLIAMS GRAHAM and the email body says the name is WILSON GRAHAM.

**********
Williams Graham
to me

show details Feb 17 (2 days ago)

Thanks for your response Sreedhar. Please i am still interested for your service to my clients. Kindly get back to me with my previously request, so that we may be able to set the perfect agenda for the possible benefit. as the that is gradually approaching.

Best regard
Mr.Graham
Cake Lady

Barrow, UK

#281 Mar 1, 2011
received a similar email on Sunday 26 Feb, using the name William Robinson, requesting i make a 5 tier wedding cake to be collected form my premises, thanks to google i found this site!

i am in Cumbria, UK and was also suspicious about the grammer and him being persistant in paying by card.
Jeff

Mozambique

#282 Mar 12, 2011
Now they want to come to Mozambique to learn to snorkel.....

Greetings,

Sorry for my late in response.I wish to inform you that the cost is
acceptable. Due to our acceptance and willingness to train in your
facility.I wish to embark on the payment for your services and
provision of a Logistics Agent. I have arranged this with an agent who
is willing to undertake these responsibilities on our behalf.I will
send you my credit card details when I receive your confirmatory email
so that you will charge as greed/described below.

So once you are in receipt of my visa card info,based on with
equipment i want you to charge the amount of (USD$ 9,100.00 ) in your
account if confirmed, deduct part payment of your services (USD$
1000.00) which will serve as a deposit payment and send (USD$
8,100.00 ) being the balance for the pre-paid hired logistic firm
which will enable them with the on ward arrangement/travel logistics.

You are advised to charge the credit card the total sum reason i cant
let the agent have my card details because he runs a private firm and
its not ideal to let both parties have the same credit card account
info.their information will be forwarded to you once i have your
confirmation on the above stated.also note:that the balance of your
payment will be made to you at your convenience.

Find below Our Names and Ages:

(1).Owen Goldman 41 yrs Male
(2).Carl Bethune 39 yrs Male
(3).Ablett Caxton 39 yrs Male
(4).Adley Dyke 38 yrs Male
(5).Bruno Hales 36 yrs Male
(6).Drucilla Bannatyne 33yrs Female
(7).Blythe Berry 32 yrs Female
(8).Alarice Barstow 31 yrs Female
(9).Harriet Buckbee 30 yrsFemale
(10).Eileen Dorset 29 yrsFemale

Confirm this and provide me with the following:
Your full name/address
Name of the Manager/Owner
Direct telephone number.

Please send a confirmation IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL (NOT as an
attachment please).I await your swift response because i will like to
embark on the payment as soon as possible. Lastly, i want to believe
that our training will be made comfortable.

Best Regards,
Mr.Owen Goldman

Dear Admin,

I am Owen Goldman.I want to book for snorkeling trip with you while
on a 2weeks holidays in your country.We are a group of 10 people
seeking for snorkeling trip training while on holidays and as part of
our plans we need snorkeling trip.

We shall be needing a snorkeling trip classes for the whole 2weeks in
your area. I would like to book for 2weeks classes for 3 hours each
day Monday to Saturday (morning hours) for a group of 10. We are
asking for 3 hours per day for 2weeks - Monday - Saturday. A total of
36 hrs Do you have a training facility where you conduct snorkeling
trip? We can arrange for this,if not available.

DATE: 7TH APRIL 2011 TO 21APRIL 2011.

I would love to know the possibility of working with you during this
period.Kindly get back to me with your proposals so that we can make
booking asap.What are your payment options? Do you accept credit cards?
do get back to me with your Grand total cost/deposit payment so as to
secure the booking on time.if interested advise by a return email or
call my cell

for more details:+447-045-707-527.
I would be grateful if you will be willing to teach quality classes
and make us happy.
As i await your swift response.

Regards,
Owen Goldman
P.O. Box 7841
Sudbury, L18 8BY Liverpool.

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#283 Mar 12, 2011
Well i have this answer for you all you who did or will fall victum to this is missing the real picture.what does this say about you.willing to jump on anything for $$$$$$$$ you deserve it.
Wahida

Cleckheaton, UK

#284 Mar 22, 2011
Hi I got the same type of email from Owen Goldman
I am a Zumba Instructor.

Does anyone know what they want. Do they send viruses to our pc if we reply or something? They are not asking for cash/credit card details.

What do they want? Probably ask for your bank details if you email back say yes £10k please for your 10students. He will say sure no problem they are rich give me your bank details and I will transfer all the money to you? lol what a joke.
bill

Walnut Creek, CA

#285 Apr 2, 2011
i got a similar style of message urging me to rush and wire funds to

Reciever name: Frances M.Holloway
Receiver address: 1028 Brian Lane
City: Forert Park
State: Georgia
Zipcode: 30297

froma rob willson at [email protected]&#8203 ;com

they sent me a counterfiet postal money order and wanted me to western union them money which was in excess of the purchase price for some furntiture on craigslist. total crooks.

i got the postal order from

mark fraser, 755 stillwater court, lake zurich, il 60047

stay away from these folks
Darryl The Prep

Mullica Hill, NJ

#287 Apr 26, 2011
Yup got an email from a jane zang without an H (as in zhang) been boggling my mind over the emails. they seemed sincere enough until they never sent me the info i requested. basic stuff, first dance, father daughter dance song and song list or party name. then their number starts 4470. i said thats out of the US . they said our bank and co is in the US. they will send me a cashiers ck from thier bank. I have been yahoo and googling and found that their are another JANE ZHANG with a H that has been scamming people in all areas of business. they claim they will send a company ck!! huh a co ck for your wedding!?!. Plus THE BIGGEST RED FLAG IS THAT JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING IN THE EMAIL HAS INCORRECT GRAMMER USAGE!! yeah im done steer clear of this!!

orig emails:
Hi Darry, well there was no doubt in my mind that you would do me proud that day, i appreciate your message, you know what, im right now out of state and i wont return till three days before the wedding, there wont be time for me because im working in oil rig but hope we can talk better here... ask anything you want to know and lets talk as brother and sister. However, it just a month and few days away...I need to have all set in next few days, More so, we are expecting about 25-30 people. Do email me with your charges, your method of payment and lets proceed
Jane.
Darryl The Prep

Mullica Hill, NJ

#288 Apr 26, 2011
prittynpink wrote:
Well i have this answer for you all you who did or will fall victum to this is missing the real picture.what does this say about you.willing to jump on anything for $$$$$$$$ you deserve it.
Prittynpink you obviously don't have a business that u are trying to run legitimately like we are. Sometimes you have to do business over the phone or emails to get things done when in person cant be done. With that attitude Maybe you are an advocate of the scammers or one yourself!! I hope you never attempt to do business in this country
Donna at Crazy Lady Cakes

Attalla, AL

#289 May 2, 2011
Not just your area, I am in Alabama and I received a similar scam from the same person. Thanks for the warning.
MoonChild wrote:
haha funny, I had sent him/her an eMail and they have replied as well. But irony, the eMail header says the name is WILLIAMS GRAHAM and the email body says the name is WILSON GRAHAM.
**********
Williams Graham
to me
show details Feb 17 (2 days ago)
Thanks for your response Sreedhar. Please i am still interested for your service to my clients. Kindly get back to me with my previously request, so that we may be able to set the perfect agenda for the possible benefit. as the that is gradually approaching.
Best regard
Mr.Graham
Donna at Crazy Lady Cakes

Attalla, AL

#290 May 2, 2011
Not just your area, I received a similar scam from the same person. Thanks for the warning.
Remond KT

Satellite Provider

#291 May 16, 2011
I have received mail like this but it wasn't a scam, So it maybe a really mail, so once you receive try and reply well.
jan

Terre Haute, IN

#292 Jun 9, 2011
I am a wedding planner and just had a similar scam from a Sara Benson and Richard Phillip. Her email address is [email protected] She asks for wedding planning services in a short timeframe, has no phone to communicate and yet provides a large budget to plan her wedding. She can't provide a deposit in a timely manner and comes up with a myriad of excuses as to why it is late. She has no photos of her or her fiancé even though they have supposedly been dating for six years, and she won't give me her fiancees phone number. Oh, and he is supposedly a General Contractor who travels a lot. She is a nurse with the World Health Organization who is currently taking care of her sick Grandma in Connecticut. it goes on and on. I didn't even allow myself to get to the overpayment via check because I smelled this from a mile away. Be forewarned everyone! I have also contacted the knot.com to tell them about this scam.
Jeannine Kennedy

Dallas, GA

#293 Jun 13, 2011
I am a wedding planner in Atlanta, GA and have been scammed by these folks about once every 6 months since 2009. The content of the emails remain the same, although the names and dates change. I am also a wedding blogger and through Twitter have learned that many planners receive the same emails. I would encourage anyone who is skeptical to read my blog post about it that I update when I receive new inquiries. http://www.thestylishplanner.com/2010/02/warn...

The names I received this week are Ransom Taylor and Kimberly Reeds.

Please be smart.
Kristie

Santa Ana, CA

#294 Jun 17, 2011
They're back! This time trying to plan a wedding in Orange County, California. After their initial email, this is what I received today (6/17/11) from Ramson Taylor and Kimberly Reeds. Beware of the scammers!

"Hello

I am really glad to hear from you. It is the wish of my finance to get married in your area and 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.

My Fiancé(Kimberly Reeds) and I will be arriving 7 days before the wedding and I need you to also make arrangement for our accommodation. I’ll need you to book 2 double rooms for us for 7 nights and one honeymoon suite for the night of the wedding 15th October 2011 (wedding date is flexible).

We have a budget of about $40,000 USD which includes payment for your fees, all the other vendors you will be working with and that of our logistic agent aside us, I am also expecting about 20 other guest from UK, USA and Asia

Below are other requirements we’ll need.

My fiancé decided that the colour for the wedding should be white and gold.

For flowers, majority of pink and red roses. She loves red roses and we'll want lots of them at the wedding. Please feel free to introduce any nice flower of your choice to make the venue more beautiful.

For music, a DJ or live band
Food, a buffet will be perfect.
3 or 4 tier fruit cake
Drinks: open bar
Wedding is a civil wedding
Civil marriage celebrant
Videographer for 3-4 hours
Photographer for 3-4 hours
Venue: out door or indoor
Bridal party: 2 bridesmaid and 2 groomsmen.
Flowers for bridal party
Accommodation for out of town guest (18 single or 13 doubles from for the wedding night only)

Wedding time: 4pm to 9pm.
Both the wedding and reception will be in same venue.

I need you to get back to me with a total estimate that will cover this arrangement so that I can make a deposit payment to enable you start arrangements as time is not on our side.

I'm presently in Iran for a world health organization program which will last for another month or two 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 so that we can start of all preparation for my wedding.

I await your response.our response."
ABC

Marion, OH

#295 Jun 17, 2011
REALLY
RLP

Buffalo, NY

#296 Jun 21, 2011
I received the exact same thing!!!! I became suspicious when he was offering a deposit without me giving him a fee for my wedding planning services!!! Glad we researched it first and it was Ransom Taylor and Kimberly Reeds.
Tina

Dana Point, CA

#297 Jun 28, 2011
I received this scam email as well earlier this month. I did respond and told them I was not available for the time frame they're looking to get married (which is the truth). Just got a reply today saying that they'll accommodate my schedule. ha! thanks for the warning!
Kristie wrote:
They're back! This time trying to plan a wedding in Orange County, California. After their initial email, this is what I received today (6/17/11) from Ramson Taylor and Kimberly Reeds. Beware of the scammers!
Suzanne

Fresno, CA

#298 Jul 6, 2011
We are wedding coordinators and just received this email from "Dr. Greg Mateo":
From: Mateo gregory <[email protected] >
Date: Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 11:24 AM
Subject: Re: wedding planner

Greetings to you,
Am sorry for my late reply to your last email as i have been away to Spain on a medical checkup.

My Fiancé and I will be arriving 7 days before the wedding and I need you to also make arrangement for our accommodation. I will need you to book 2 double rooms for us for 7 nights and one honeymoon suite for the night of the wedding and the wedding to be held on the 24th of September (DATE IS FLEXIBLE).

We have a budget of about $45,000 USD which includes payment for your fees, all the other vendors you will be working with apart from our logistic agent who’s in charge of our travel arrangement. I am also expecting 40 to 50 other guest from UK, USA, Africa and Asia.

My fiancé decided that the colour for the wedding should be white and gold. For flowers, pink and red roses should be fine. She loves red roses and we'll want lots of them at the wedding. Please feel free to introduce any nice flower of your choice to make the venue more beautiful. For food, a buffet will be perfect. If there be any more information needed from me, do let me know. The wedding is a civil wedding.

Please see more requirements below.Videography for 4 hours, Music Entertainment (DJ or solo singer) for the entire ceremony and reception, Photography for 4 hours, Officiant, cake (4 tier fruit cake) accommodation for out of town guest (10 double rooms for the wedding night only) flowers for the bridal party (4 people) assorted wine and beer wedding time: 4pm. reception should follow immediately till 8 or 9pm.

I need you to get back to me with a total estimate that will cover this arrangement so that I can make a deposit payment to enable you start arrangements as time is not on our side. I'm presently in Iran for a world health organization program which will last for another month or two and the only means of payment that will be possible for me from here will be Credit Card. I hope this will not pose any problem to you.

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

I await your response.
Dr. Gregory

The way they scam is they ask for the bill and send a check way over the amount and then ask for you to send them back a check for the difference. The check they send is fraudulent (we took ours from previous scam attempt to the bank where they verified this)and most people don't wait for it to clear before sending the 'difference' back to them.

Hope this helps someone.:)
Dance Studio Owner

Ottawa, Canada

#299 Aug 22, 2011
Here's what I just got in Ottawa, ON...thanks to everyone who posted here...now they are using the name of Bill Gordon...read below!

Greetings,

Thanks for your reply.I wish to inform you that the cost is acceptable
as such am willing to make a deposit payment immediately. Due to their
acceptance and willingness to train in your facility, I have concluded
payment with them.Furthermore,I have been instructed to pay for your
Services and the agent that will cater for their Flight
ticket,Translation of language,car hiring and other necessary travel
logistics.

Sequel to this,once you are in receipt of the visa card info,confirm
the amount of (USD$ 13,100.00 ) in your account then deduct part
payment fee of your expected services (USD$ 4000.00 ) for securing of
the booking and send (USD$ 9,100.00 ) being the balance for the
pre-paid hired logistics agent which will enable him for the on ward
arrangement regarding their travel logistics.

You are advised to charge the credit card the total sum because i
wouldn't want a third party involve in my card information.am trusting
you as a cooperate body and am trusting that you will handle my card
info carefully.

How ever,the agent information will be forwarded to you once this is
confirmed.also note that the balance of your payment will be made on
their arrival.

Owing to this, pls confirm this directives and provide me with your
details as fellow Your,

full name/address
Name of the Manager/Owner
Direct telephone phone number,for records so that i can forward the
visa card to you.

Also the names of the Student are listed below,

(1).Jamilah Adilah 22 Female
(2).Bahira Ikram 22 Female
(3).Dahab Falak 20 Female
(4).Fawziyyah Ghadah 21 Female
(5).Hafsah Izdihar 22 Female
(6).Abaet Rydan 20 Male
(7).Cylmar Baduk 23 Male
(8).Cylmar Escariet 24 Male
(9).Fydar Isil 22 Male
(10).Kimdar Mylo 22 Male

Please send the studio allocation as soon as possible.i hope that they
will have a splendid time in your facility.

Regards,
Bill Gordon
Contact Info:103 Cotton Exchange Bldg
Old Hall St, Liverpool, Mersey side L3 9LQ, UK.
Cell:+ 447024036871
Fax:+448-712-563-610
Another dance studio

New York, NY

#300 Mar 7, 2012
greetings from New York city...we are another dance studio receiving the identical correspondence shown by our industry colleague in Ottawa last year.... I'm posting this in March of 2012.

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