This entertaining exchange of emails was sent in by Rob of Rainforest
Hideaway B&B in Cape Tribulation. Nigerian scammers have
moved on to the accommodation industry to try and scam money out
of unsuspecting B&B owners. While Rob normally deleted these
emails he decided to respond and have some fun with the scammers;
Good Day Sir/Madam,
I wish to make reservation for people who will be coming to your
country for convention. The convention will last for ten days, the
rooms will be needed from 20th June - 30th June 2006 that is for
10 nights and about 2 - 4 rooms will be needed.
Please send me your rates for both
1. Single Rooms
2. Double rooms
So that reservation will be concluded immediately.
Contact me back if there are spaces on the above mentioned dates,
so that we can proceed with the booking. I hope you accept Credit
Note: Date of arrival == 20th June 2006.
Date of departure == 30th June 2006.
Avalton Travel Service Inc.
418 Shadow Run Rd. # 1658
Rainforest Hideaway wrote: Thank you for
your reservation, I will be happy to accommodate your guests but
they will have to share a bathroom with the manager, I presume this
will be no problem.
I have attached a picture of the bathroom to show to your customers.
From: Avalton Travel Service Inc.
To: Rainforest Hideaway
Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2006 4:16 AM
Subject: We Need The Total Amount.
Thank you for all the details. I will like to book for 4 Double
rooms for 8 guests for the 10 nights. Give me the total amount including
taxes, if any. Please I will need comfirmation of the total amount
for the period from 20th June - 30th June 2006. So that we can arrange
payment for the booking. There will be no problem in sharing the
Thanks and i await your prompt response.
Rainforest Hideaway wrote: Dear Jane, thank
you for your reservation, and I am pleased that sharing a bathroom
will not be a problem. The rooms are $120.- per night so 4 rooms
for ten nights work out to $4800.- This amount is subject to 10%
GST (Goods and Services Tax and there is also a $4.- per person
Kangaroo Levy which the local council collects to build fences along
the roads to keep kangaroos away from traffic. If your delegates
need breakfast too there will be a $10.- Vegemite surcharge as the
buffet is a very generous with a whole jar of Australian Vegemite
per person. The total cost will add up to $5312.- without, or $6112.-
with daily Vegemite breakfast. I can also organize koala steaks
or cassowary curry for dinner at a cost of $35.- incl. GST per person
at nearby restaurant 'Crepes at the Cape'.
Please be aware that there are many trees around the hotel and that
we currently have many drop bears in mating season, I would recommend
that your delegates take out drop bear insurance at the insurance
office of the airport on arrival.
Please advise of the arrival time and flight number of your delegates
as the hotel manager will pick them up from the airport for a free
complimentary transfer in his classic 1972 luxury airconditioned
VW Beetle 1303Special with surround sound system and onboard internet.
Dear Rob Goodonya,
Thanks for your reply and assistance so far. I am glad to tell you
that we have concluded payment with the guests. However we are going
to send you the Credit Card Information first thing tomorrow morning
that will cover the cost of accomodation and the necessary arrangment
for the guests.
Moreover, we also made an arrangement with a prepaid car hiring
firm who will supply the guests with cars they will use during their
stay, but because of security reasons, we have decided that only
one person will have to handle the credit card information.
So once you are in receipt of it, you are required to charge the
credit card, deduct the amount of ($9692), then deduct the cost
of your full services $5312 and send the balance of $4380 via Western
Union Money Transfer to the car hiring agent whose information will
be forwarded to you once this is confirmed. You will deduct the
transfer charges from the money which you will send to the Car hiring
So confirm this and provide me with the details for office records.
(1) YOUR FULL NAME
(3) PHONE NUMBERS
(4) CREDIT CARD TYPES WHICH ACCEPT FOR PAYMENT
Please remember that the integrity of our agency is involved, so
this business requires prompt response. I also hope the stay of
the guest will be made comfortable.I will be sending you the names,address,
and the Credit Card information for reservation to be made as soon
you confirm this.
Rainforest Hideaway wrote:
Hello Jane, thanks for getting back to me. My hotel is in a very
remote place and due to the recent cyclones Larry and Monica all
our phone lines are washed out and this caused me to not use the
electronic credit card facility for a while and then my bank has
cancelled this service so unfortunately I can not accept credit
cards for a couple of weeks until this has been restored again.
It may be better that the car rental agent charges the $9692.- to
you and then forwards my part of $5312.- to me.
----- Original Message -----
From: Avalton Travel Service Inc.
To: Rainforest Hideaway
Sent: Saturday, May 06, 2006 10:28 PM
Subject: Reservation Cancelled.
Since you cannot accept credit card payment, the reservation has
to be cancelled . You were ask at the first mail i sent, whether
you accept credit card payment,
Thanks for wasting my time.
The way the scam works is that the "travel agency" gives
you credit card details (obviously not theirs) and the accommodation
owner has to send money via Western Union to a "car hire agent".
Of course once you have sent this money away the credit card payment
will bounce and your Western Union payment is gone with the wind.
The FBI has investigated the Nigerian scammers and estimates that
in the last 20 years no less than $5billion dollars has been collected!
One oil-sheik alone accounts for several millions of this!
The Cairns Post reported that at least two men in Cairns have been
conned out of amounts betwee
$100 000 and $200 000 each in separate incidents, and they even
flew to Europe too for meetings.
AMAZING AUSTRALIAN CRIMES
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