If you are in the Wedding Industry – Please Read – Fraud / Scam Alert

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Back in 2008 I wrote a blog post about “suspicious” emails that we receive almost daily, the response both via the blog and direct emails has been incredible. I have decided to repost my original article and hope you will continue to comment and add to it. I shall add to it the latest emails I have received this week. The new scam appears not just to target wedding planners, but all wedding service providers and even interior designers. Please forward this new post to everyone in your address book and let’s hope we can stop anyone from losing money! Thanks for your support. To read the original post and comments please click here. Or paste the following into your browser (content is pasted below):
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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 credit card payment or 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. See more details of the scam and a copy of a similar initial email wedding planners were sent last year here. 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.

 

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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 jcrossalen@rocketmail.com

Best Regards,
Mr Cross James Allen
jcrossalen@rocketmail.com

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 29/07/2009 – Please read the comments attached to this post to see updates on other current email addresses being used on this and various other “scams”……

Latest email addresses to be cautious of:

lasoreservationagencies@gmail.com
gibsonwhyte1999@gmail.com
atkins111@yahoo.com
benjaminspencer300@gmail.com
bspencer100@yahoo.co.uk
bob.robinson00@gmail.com
frank.paker104@googlemail.com
giljay101@gmail.com
davidwaltermail@ymail.com
owen.fletcher107@gmail.com
lasoreservationagencies01@gmail.com

  1. Received this week: Sent from lasoreservationagencies@gmail.com

    Email content:

    Hello,
    I’m looking for an experienced wedding planner or coordinator that can
    handle my wedding as i have promised my fiancee that it will be a
    memorable one and i have budgeted $30,000 for the wedding so, What can
    your establishment offer with regards to the request above?
    I would like to know what is required cost implication and any other
    thing that will be require for a successful wedding for the month of
    October 10th 2009 is the date for the wedding.
    Kindly get back with your budget via this email
    (atkins111@yahoo.com)with details.
    Best Regards,
    Paul Atkinson
    +447045782803,

  2. Another one

    Sent from: gibsonwhyte1999@gmail.com

    I am Gibson Whyte, from London England . I am writing to get
    information on wedding/reception venues and also so in need of the
    services of a wedding planner.

    Vivian and I are planning to have a wedding in October 2009 (any date
    in will be fine) and will require more information on this as we plan
    also to have the wedding in your region. We are looking for a venue
    and planner to help us plan our wedding/reception. 40 to 50 guests are
    expected to attend. Please advise on weather conditions and the
    possibilities of rain.

    Please note that you (wedding planner) are to arrange for a food,
    Videography, Music Entertainment, Photography, Officiant, cake and

    flowers.Please do confirm this date and get back to me.

    Thanks for your anticipated response

    Best regards,

    Dr. Gibson

  3. And yet another…

    Sent from: benjaminspencer300@gmail.com

    Greetings!
    My name is Spencer Benjamin. I am looking for an experienced wedding planner who will handle my wedding and arrange dinner for a group of people who will be attending the wedding ceremony.Seven will arrive few days before the wedding day. The wedding is expected to hold on the 11th October,2009 and 35 to 50 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 11th October which is the final day of the booking, You are to arrange for a Videography,Music Entertainment,Photography,Officiant/Priest & Church,cake,flowers and hall. 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.

    Please kindly kindly send the reply to my personal email: bspencer100@yahoo.co.uk

    Best Regards
    Benjamin Spencer
    18 Brunswick Sq.
    Broad Street
    Birmingham
    C7 7HW
    UK
    Phone: 701-112-1989

  4. More…

    Sent from: bob.robinson00@gmail.com

    Hello,

    Greetings to you.my name is Bob Robinson from United kingdom, I am looking for a professional wedding coordinator who can plan and handle my wedding ceremony/Arrangements for me.I need to know what you can offer? I have a budget of ( 40,000 British Pounds Sterling).This amount includes funds for every arrangement that we might approve for you to provide for us.
    The wedding will be taking place within the 3rd week of September 2009, 19th of September to be precise.and we are expecting a total of 72 guests which includes 7 VIP’s and the bridesmaid.

    Kindly get back to me if you are interested by a return mail via this email or call
    for more details.
    Best regards,
    Bob Robinson
    9 Wimpole Street , London . W1G 9SR UK
    Ph: +44-703-590-5301, +44-703-590-5234

  5. Received today from: frank.paker104@googlemail.com

    Content:

    I am Frank Paker, from London England. I am writing to get information
    on wedding/reception venues and also so in need of the services of a
    wedding planner.

    Nelly and I are planning to have a wedding in October 2009 (any date in
    October will be fine) and will require more information on this as we
    plan also to have the wedding in your region. We are looking for a
    venue and planner to help us plan our wedding/reception.

    40 to 50 guests are expected to attend. Please advise on weather
    conditions and the possibilities of rain.

    Please note that you (wedding planner) is to arrange for a food,
    Videography, Music Entertainment, Photography, Officiant, cake and
    flowers, decoration etc.

    Please do confirm this date and get back to me.

    Thanks for your anticipated response

    Best regards,
    Frank Paker.

  6. Today’s latest scam email from: giljay101@gmail.com

    Content:

    My Names are Miss Gil Jacqueline
    I want a capable hand whom can organize my wedding
    and prepare dinner for the members of my quest.i would be coming with
    Seven my friends at your confirmation of this booking,others will
    arrive few days before the wedding
    The wedding is expected to hold on the 12th September,2009
    The totl quest to attend my wedding are 20 people from UK and 10
    people from the State. . 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 my credit card once availability is confirmed by
    you.All checks and balances will be made with you on 11th September which is
    the final day of the booking, You are to arrange for a Videography,Music
    Entertainment,Photography,Officiant/Priest & Church,cake,flowers and
    hall.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 locality more convenient for you and us.
    You will have to contact me on {+447024030670}

    Miss Gil Jacqueline
    231,Cardiff Road.
    East bridge corner
    Cardiff
    C7 7HW
    UK
    Phone: 77024030670

  7. Today’s latest scam alert from: davidwaltermail@ymail.com

    Content:

    Hello,

    My Name is David Walter i need 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 3rd of October 2009 and 50 to 70 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 3rd of September which is the final day of the booking, You are to arrange for a a venue for the 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 davidwaltermail@ymail.com

    Best Regards,
    David Walter
    davidwaltermail@ymail.com

  8. Second email of the day from: owen.fletcher107@gmail.com

    Content:

    I am Owen Fletcher, from London England. I am writing to get information
    on wedding/reception venues and also so in need of the services of a
    wedding planner.

    Mary and I are planning to have a wedding in October 2009 (any date in
    October will be fine) and will require more information on this as we
    plan also to have the wedding in your region. We are looking for a
    venue and planner to help us plan our wedding/reception.

    40 to 50 guests are expected to attend. Please advise on weather
    conditions and the possibilities of rain.

    Please note that you (wedding planner) is to arrange for a food,
    Videography, Music Entertainment, Photography, Officiant, cake and
    flowers, decoration etc.

    Please do confirm this date and get back to me.

    Thanks for your anticipated response

    Best regards,
    Owen Fletcher.

  9. Another email from: mahonebrian23@gmail.com

    This time pretending to be an event planner himself!

    Content:

    Greetings,
    I am Brian Mahone, an event planner. I wish to hire your services for
    a wedding anniversary of my client on 28th November 2009. A total of
    90 guest in attendance. It will involve a three (3) course menu buffet
    and the refreshment serving, no religion or diet restriction event.
    The wedding anniversary will start by 8.00pm till midnight.
    Get back to me with the following:
    A Detailed proposition you wish to offer.
    Estimated amount required to hold the reservation.
    Detailed calculated and total amount.
    The type of credit card you accept.
    Your Contact Address and Phone number.

    N:B-there is no budget estimate for the event. Also note that the
    exact location is yet uncertain but be rest assured that it did take
    place in your city.

    Thank you,
    Brian.
    Mobile:- +44(0)7035922766
    Fax:- +44(0)7005-961-680

  10. Today’s scam alert from:

    lasoreservationagencies01@gmail.com

    Content:

    Hello,
    I’m looking for an experienced wedding planner or coordinator that can handle my wedding as i have promised my fiancee that it will be a memorable one and i have budgeted $25,000 for the wedding so, What can your establishment offer with regards to the request above?
    I would like to know what is required cost implication and any other thing that will be require for a successful wedding for the month of October 10th 2009 is the date for the wedding.
    Kindly get back with your budget via this email (atkins111@yahoo.com)with details.
    Best Regards,
    Paul Atkinson
    +447045782803

  11. Hi Karen, I’ve also had a couple of these this week – namely from ‘David Walter’ & ‘Paul Atkinson’ Thought it was a bit dodgy – especially having a budget in dollars and a UK mobile number!!

  12. Today’s latest “scammer” email from :

    bob.robinson999@msn.com

    Content:

    Hello

    Greetings to you.my name is Bob Robinson from United kingdom, I am looking for a professional wedding coordinator who can plan and handle my wedding ceremony/Arrangements for me.I need to know what you can offer? I have a budget of ( 40,000 British Pounds Sterling).
    This amount includes funds for every arrangement that we might approve for you to provide for us.

    The wedding will be taking place within the 3rd week of November 2009, 21st of November to be precise.and we are expecting a total of 72 guests which includes 7 VIP’s and the bridesmaid.

    Kindly get back to me if you are interested by a return mail via this email or call for more details.
    Best regards,
    Bob Robinson
    9 Wimpole Street , London . W1G 9SR UK
    Ph: +44-703-590-5301, +44-703-590-5234

  13. Email from: arnoldclem31@gmail.com

    Content:

    Greetings
    I am looking for an experienced wedding planner who will handle my
    wedding and arrange dinner for a group of people who will be attending
    the wedding ceremony.Seven will arrive few days before the wedding
    day. The wedding is expected to hold on the 20th October,2009 and 50
    to 60 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 11th
    October which is the final day of the booking, You are to arrange for
    a Videography,Music Entertainment,Photography,
    Officiant/Priest &
    Church,cake,flowers and hall. 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.
    Regards
    Arnold Clem

  14. Email from: buchana009@gmail.com

    Content:

    Greetings
    I am looking for an experienced wedding planner who will handle my
    wedding and arrange dinner for a group of people who will be attending
    the wedding ceremony.Seven will arrive few days before the wedding
    day. The wedding is expected to hold on the 24th October,2009 and 50
    to 60 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 24th
    October which is the final day of the booking, You are to arrange for
    a Videography,Music Entertainment,Photography,Officiant/Priest &
    Church,cake,flowers and hall. 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.
    Regards
    Bill Buchana

  15. Today’s latest “scam” email from:

    poko@sd150.fas.ne.jp

    Contents:

    Hello,

    My name is Dr. Smith Fred, i am a medical consultant by profession. Presently i am in Manchester. My lovely daughter found

    her heartthrob early last year and they are going to wed by 27th September 2009. For the love i have for my daughter, i decided

    to carter for the wedding as a surprise package for her and her fiance.

    Please i want you to handle the wedding arrangements on their behalf as my would-be in law is a citizen of your country and

    as a result he wants the wedding in his country. Please get back to me with any of the services which you can provide as

    regards the wedding arrangement of my daughter.

    – Wedding Gown for bride

    – Gowns for Bride’s maids

    – Vehicles

    – Tuxedo Suits for the groom and best man

    – Shoes and accessories for both the bride and the groom

    – location for the wedding and reception.

    – lodging for the guests for an estimate of twelve people (27 till 29) september

    – number of room is twelve rooms.

    – Wedding cakes and decorations

    Wedding Budget is at the range of ($50,000.00) for now. It could be reviewed to be increased or reduced latter depending on

    the outcome of the arrangements process unfold Please do let me have the details and your deposit so that i can forward my

    credit card details and all i should know so we can make about the services you can provide as regards the arrangement.

    Estimates and calculations should be based on the quoted budget.

    Do get back to me asap through my email: smith.freddan1@yahoo.gr
    Best regards
    Dr.Smith Fred
    +447045765750

  16. It’s been many years since I’ve needed to update this post, as fortunately we’ve not received any fraudulent attempts to engage our services – until this week that is…..

    Please feel free to add any fraudulent emails to this post to keep our colleagues in the wedding industry informed of the scammers still out there.

    The latest email comes from kwemike@gmail.com and is cc’d to paulmartins722@yahoo.com

    Content:

    My name is Dr Mike Tom. I am a Mechanical Engineer by profession.
    Presently i am in Liverpool. My lovely daughter found her heartthrob
    early last year and they are going to wed by JUN L, 2017. For the
    love i have for my daughter, i decided to carter for the wedding as a
    surprise package for her and her fiance. Please i want you to handle
    the wedding arrangements on their behalf as
    my would-be in law is a citizen of your country and as a result he
    wants wedding in his country. Please get back to me with any of the
    services which you can provide as regards the wedding arrangement of
    my daughter.
    – location for the wedding and reception.
    – lodging for the guests for an estimate of eighty (20) people with
    break fast(17- 20)JUN, 2017
    – Hotel transfers for the 20 guest
    – Dinner party
    Mode of payment: CERTFIED CHEQUE? because I wouldn’t want a third party
    involvement with Mode of payment: CERTFIED CHEQUE information. Kindly
    Wedding Budget is at the range of EUR 15,000 for now. it could be
    reviewed to be increased or reduced latter depending on the outcome of
    the arrangements process unfold Please do let me have the details of
    all
    i should know so we can make about the services you can provide as
    regards the arrangement. Estimates and calculations should be based on
    the quoted budget..

    Do get back to me asap through my yahoo email:

    +44045779199
    Human Resource Department
    Slok Trading Group.

    ————————————————————-
    Thanks all and feel free to add your suspicious emails to the thread too

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