In addition to brides and grooms, I know a lot of wedding planners and service providers log on to the Weddings Abroad Blog. Today, I’d like to take a moment to warn them to be on their guard for email scams targeting wedding planners. There isn’t a week goes by that I don’t receive at least three of these emails.
This current scheme has been going on for the past year that I know of, and basically involves sending in a cashiers check for an amount greater than what you’ve billed them, they then ask you to transfer the remaining funds elsewhere. The cashiers check clears into your account quickly, you transfer them the money, and weeks later your bank realises the check was a fraud and deducts the amount from your account.
Below is an email received yesterday, as usual it immediately raised my suspicion. Basically a groom or bride-to-be contacts you from somewhere in Europe or the USA saying that they need help planning their wedding from afar. The minor details (name/date/location) change, but otherwise, everyone is receiving similar emails.
As an International Wedding Planner, I am asked everyday to provide information on planning a wedding when overseas, but I am now an expert at ascertaining the genuine ones….others may not be so lucky, there are many new wedding planners joining our industry all the time, and may not be aware of this scam yet.
Here is the email I received:
My Name is Mr Cross James Allen,
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 4th of Febuary 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.All checks and balances will be made with you on 13rd October which is the final day of the booking, You are to arrange for a a venue for the wedding (its a christian 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.
Pleas get back to me via my personal email which is email@example.com
Mr Cross James Allen
If this blog entry helps one person then it’s served it’s purpose….especially in the current economic climate we can do without giving away money and wasting our valuable time! If you have received similar emails lately please feel free to add them to the comments of this thread to make everyone aware.
UPDATED 29/01/2009 – Please read the comments attached to this post to see updates on other current email addresses being used on this and various other “scams”……