Scam Alert: Crooks target area wedding vendors

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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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q2dance

Australia

#301 Mar 12, 2012
i had the same thing except this time it was for dancing classes....

Greetings,

I found your information while surfing for a dance instructor within your location.how ever,i want to believe you are a dance teacher/instructor reliable with a good teaching experience.i have been contracted to do this booking and it is my wish to book with you for a group of 10 students coming from DUBAI,as they are preparing for their contracted proposal to do dancing performance in a function within your State/Region.

They are all beginners.kindly get back to me with the kind of dance you teach along side with the cost for 2 weeks dance lesson.how ever, they will be starting on the date of 1ST MAY thru 14TH of MAY 2012.

for 3 hours each day Monday to Saturday (morning hours) a total of 36 hrs.

Further more,a Logistic agent has been contracted to cater for all their Travel/accommodation Logistics.a prepayment will be made to you as initial deposit for this booking via credit card once availability is confirmed by you.hope you accept credit card?

Your prompt reply will be appreciated.

Regards,
Bill Gordon
Contact Info:103 Cotton Exchange Bldg
Old Hall St, Liverpool, Mersey side L3 9LQ, UK.
Cell: + 447035966258
Fax:+448-712-563-610
Diva-in-pink

UK

#302 Mar 13, 2012
Think I just got something that seems too good to be true! What do you think? Scam?

From: Bill Gordon <gordonbill04@gmail.com>
Date: 13 March 2012 03:41:27 GMT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: Inquiring for a dance workshop

Greetings,

I found your information while surfing for a dance instructor within
your location.how ever,i want to believe you are a dance
teacher/instructor reliable with a good teaching experience.i have
been contracted to do this booking and it is my wish to book with you
for a group of 10 students coming from DUBAI,as they are preparing for
their contracted proposal to do dancing performance in a function
within your State/Region.

They are all beginners.kindly get back to me with the kind of dance
you teach along side with the cost for 2 weeks dance lesson.how ever,
they will be starting on the date of 1ST MAY thru 14TH of MAY 2012.

for 3 hours each day Monday to Saturday (morning hours) a total of 36 hrs.

Further more,a Logistic agent has been contracted to cater for all
their Travel/accommodation Logistics.a prepayment will be made to you
as initial deposit for this booking via credit card once availability
is confirmed by you.hope you accept credit card?

Your prompt reply will be appreciated.

Regards,
Bill Gordon
Contact Info:103 Cotton Exchange Bldg
Old Hall St, Liverpool, Mersey side L3 9LQ, UK.
Cell: + 447035966258
Fax:+448-712-563-610
viva

Dublin, Ireland

#303 Mar 13, 2012
Have been getting the same email over the last 2 months. Thank you all for warnings. Dates are changing however.
Dance Organisation

Brisbane, Australia

#304 Mar 13, 2012
From Brisbane Australia. We have also received an email from Bill Gordon:-

Greetings,

I found your information while surfing for a dance instructor within your location.how ever,i want to believe you are a dance teacher/instructor reliable with a good teaching experience.i have been contracted to do this booking and it is my wish to book with you for a group of 10 students coming from DUBAI,as they are preparing for their contracted proposal to do dancing performance in a function within your State/Region.

They are all beginners.kindly get back to me with the kind of dance you teach along side with the cost for 2 weeks dance lesson.how ever, they will be starting on the date of 1ST MAY thru 14TH of MAY 2012.

for 3 hours each day Monday to Saturday (morning hours) a total of 36 hrs.

Further more,a Logistic agent has been contracted to cater for all their Travel/accommodation Logistics.a prepayment will be made to you as initial deposit for this booking via credit card once availability is confirmed by you.hope you accept credit card?

Your prompt reply will be appreciated.

Regards,
Bill Gordon
Contact Info:103 Cotton Exchange Bldg
Old Hall St, Liverpool, Mersey side L3 9LQ, UK.
Cell:+ 447035966258
Fax:+448-712-563-610
Synergy Arts

Ferntree Gully, Australia

#305 Mar 16, 2012
SYNERGY in Melbourne Victoria also received an email from gordonbill02@yahoo.com.com

Greetings,

I found your information while surfing for a dance instructor within your location.how ever,i want to believe you are a dance teacher/instructor reliable with a good teaching experience.i have been contracted to do this booking and it is my wish to book with you for a group of 10 students coming from DUBAI,as they are preparing for their contracted proposal to do dancing performance in a function within your State/Region.

They are all beginners.kindly get back to me with the kind of dance you teach along side with the cost for 2 weeks dance lesson.how ever, they will be starting on the date of 1ST MAY thru 14TH of MAY 2012.

for 3 hours each day Monday to Saturday (morning hours) a total of 36 hrs.

Further more,a Logistic agent has been contracted to cater for all their Travel/accommodation Logistics.a prepayment will be made to you as initial deposit for this booking via credit card once availability is confirmed by you.hope you accept credit card?

Your prompt reply will be appreciated.

Regards,
Bill Gordon
Contact Info:103 Cotton Exchange Bldg
Old Hall St, Liverpool, Mersey side L3 9LQ, UK.
Cell:+ 447035966258
Fax:+448-712-563-610
Synergy Arts

Ferntree Gully, Australia

#306 Mar 16, 2012
SYNERGY performing Arts in Melbourne Victoria also received an email from gordonbill02@yahoo.com.com

Greetings,

I found your information while surfing for a dance instructor within your location.how ever,i want to believe you are a dance teacher/instructor reliable with a good teaching experience.i have been contracted to do this booking and it is my wish to book with you for a group of 10 students coming from DUBAI,as they are preparing for their contracted proposal to do dancing performance in a function within your State/Region.

They are all beginners.kindly get back to me with the kind of dance you teach along side with the cost for 2 weeks dance lesson.how ever, they will be starting on the date of 1ST MAY thru 14TH of MAY 2012.

for 3 hours each day Monday to Saturday (morning hours) a total of 36 hrs.

Further more,a Logistic agent has been contracted to cater for all their Travel/accommodation Logistics.a prepayment will be made to you as initial deposit for this booking via credit card once availability is confirmed by you.hope you accept credit card?

Your prompt reply will be appreciated.

Regards,
Bill Gordon
Contact Info:103 Cotton Exchange Bldg
Old Hall St, Liverpool, Mersey side L3 9LQ, UK.
Cell:+ 447035966258
Fax:+448-712-563-610
a hong kong dance studio

Central District, Hong Kong

#308 Mar 21, 2012
just got the same email on March 14. I am a dance instructor in HK. Thought it was a scam.
freelance dance

Sydney, Australia

#309 Mar 23, 2012
I just received this email below & thought it was a scam! Glad I googled it! I politely replied CASH ONLY payment I am sure they will not bother to contact me again

Greetings,

I found your information while surfing for a dance instructor within
your location.how ever,i want to believe you are a dance
teacher/instructor reliable with a good teaching experience.i have
been contracted to do this booking and it is my wish to book with you
for a group of 10 students coming from DUBAI,as they are preparing for
their contracted proposal to do dancing performance in a function
within your Region.

They are all beginners.kindly get back to me with the kind of dance
you teach along side with the cost for 2 weeks dance lesson.how ever,
they will be starting on the date of 1ST MAY thru 14TH of MAY 2012.

for 3 hours each day Monday to Saturday (morning or evening hours) a
total of 36 hrs.

Further more,a Logistic agent has been contracted to cater for all
their Travel/accommodation Logistics.a prepayment will be made to you
as initial deposit for this booking via credit card once availability
is confirmed by you.hope you accept credit card?

Your prompt reply will be appreciated.

Regards,
Bill Gordon
Contact Info:103 Cotton Exchange Bldg
Old Hall St, Liverpool, Mersey side L3 9LQ, UK.
Cell:+ 447035966258
Fax:+448-712-563-610
Kyoto Weddings

Nishinotoindori, Japan

#310 Mar 30, 2012
Hi everyone, we've been hit by the same email in Kyoto, Japan. Thanks so much for posting your experiences. Here's the email we got:

- Eric
----------

Hello,

My Name is Bobby Charles, 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 28th of April.2012 and 25 to 30 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 ,Video graphy, 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,

Bobby
Hugh Forestier-Walker

Viseu, Portugal

#311 Apr 16, 2012
Please see new scam.
From: "Gordon Bill" <gordonbill02@yahoo.com>
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2012 9:09 AM
To: <Subject: Rooms inquiry

> Dear Sir/Ma,
>
> I write to introduce our Ministry " His Grace Ministries".Our main importance of sending this mail is to crave your sense of honesty and sincerity with respect to this inquiry. We want to inquire from you if you can book an accommodation for the Church team whom will be arriving for Evangelical Program for a period of 10days.We would be most appreciative if you would be willing to do so.
>
> Number of Guest: 4
> Date of Arrival: 1st JUNE 2012
> Date of Departure: 10th JUNE 2012
> Type of Rooms: Single Room
> Persons Per Room: 1
> Number of Rooms: 4
>
> For prompt action, we would be very grateful, if you can send with the total cost for of the accommodation to effect the prepayment and the following details:
>
> 1. TOTAL COST FOR THE ACCOMMODATION (In $USD Currency)
> 2. FULL MAILING/POSTAL ADDRESS OF HOTEL
> 3. CONTACT NAME
> 4. TELEPHONE NUMBER
>
> We would be expecting your prompt response so that we can forward our Credit Card Details for prepayment.
>
> Thank you and God Bless!
> contact person Gordon Bill from Kent UK.+447024036871.
> Weblink:www.hisgrace5.org
anita

Gastonia, NC

#312 May 2, 2012
I also got the same basic form letter (actually two of them) asking me to teach yoga to models. Not only the poor grammar, but the fact that they stated a "friend" had referred me was a good tipoff. Except they were both European and I live in the US. I don't get around quite that much!
Danni wrote:
I also got the Yoga email, this time from one Richard Owens. I suspect that they have managed to hack one of the yoga aggregator sites email lists. The yoga email was sent to me on my personal email, whereas in all business listings and advertising, we use a business email. However, I use my personal email for sites we advertise on to send me their newsletters. At least, that is the only logical thing I can think of as to how these scammers ended up knowing that my personal email address just happened to belong to a yoga teacher!
Anyway, let's hope these people never learn any form of grammar! It's the biggest give away that they are scammers.:) Not to mention, if he were legit, what kind of idiot would agree to send people overseas (he's UK, the hapless students are from Dubai, and I'm in Australia)and only organise the details less than two weeks before they are due to arrive? Good grief!;
Thanks all for the listings, it's great to be able to Google their address and know that one's instincts are validated - and not to deal with these people and make things worse.
Chris_Montreal_C anada

Montréal, Canada

#313 Jun 4, 2012
Also got this email for dancing lessons! Sounded too good to be true so I looked it up and found this site. Also the way they ask for the money to be charged will also get you in trouble. A total scam!
simone

Leigh, UK

#314 Jun 7, 2012
Just got the same here in Liverpool, from Bill Gordon.
Spread the word lets stop this fake people!
dmtmiller

Absecon, NJ

#315 Aug 15, 2012
They wanted me to teach a 2-week belly dance class for a group of beginners traveling to the U.S...having retired from teaching English (and belly dancing performances...although still teaching it), the poor grammar was the first give-a-way (the nonbelievability of the request was the second). I guess they believe that there is a sucker born every day.
mary ireland

Dublin, Ireland

#316 Aug 15, 2012
Greetings, I found your information while surfing for a dance instructor within your location.how ever,i want to believe you are a dance teacher/instructor reliable with a good teaching experience.i have been contracted to do this booking and it is my wish to book with you for a group of 10 students coming from DUBAI,as they are preparing for their contracted proposal to do danceing performance within your Region. kindly get back to me with the kind of dance you teach along side with the cost for 2 weeks dance lesson.how ever, they will be starting on the date of 1ST October till 14TH of October 2012. for 3 hours each day Monday to Saturday (morning hours) a total of 36 hrs. Further more,they are all beginners.a prepayment will be made to you as initial deposit for this booking via credit card once availability is confirmed by you.hope you accept credit card? Your prompt reply will be appreciated. Regards, Bill Gordon Contact Info:103 Cotton Exchange Bldg Old Hall St, Liverpool, Mersey side L3 9LQ, UK. Cell:+ 447035966258 Fax:+448-712-563-610
Irina

Auckland, New Zealand

#317 Nov 5, 2012
Got the same here: thanks all for posting :)
valentina

Milan, Italy

#318 Nov 7, 2012
Hi, we received yesterday the same email, we are a dance school in Italy, this is a rubbery?
Thanks, regards
GiGI

Miami, FL

#319 Nov 8, 2012
Got the exact same email..humored him and gave him a quote and then recieved an email about how he would pay me more than quoted and then I would have to pay the remainder back. SCAM SCAM SCAM!
Pallas

Den Haag, Netherlands

#322 Nov 14, 2012
Just received the exact same " surfing for a dance instructor' from Bill Gordon on Tuesday for engagement in februari 2013. My intuition felt alarm bells so I wrote that I'd discuss prices only after he answered a number of questions ncluding his web address, the dance group's contact info, & exactly where they'd be performing in my town, to vrrify the legitimacy of his enquiry. Unfortantely I signed with my telephone numbers...but I don't think I'll hear back. I tried calling him on Tuesday but no voicemail or answer...already my intuition was saying " nooo"!
Dance studio London

London, UK

#324 Nov 27, 2012
Dance studio in London, trying to claim they wish to bring dancers from dubai over and wish to book our studio and a choreographer.

They do have imagination...from weddings...to snorkeling..to dance studio!

Using the name Bill Gordon..we did get a contact number of which I rang.

November 2012

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