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Phuket business targeted to be part of credit card scam

Phuket business targeted to be part of credit card scam

It has been brought to our attention by one of our business associates that they have been contacted to be part of what appears to be a credit card scam.

Phuket business targeted to be part of credit card scamOur associate was originally contacted by someone calling himself Frank Richardson (email address richardsonf41@yahoo.com) with regards to booking a car rental with them for a period of 1 week. However, after further email communication Mr Richardson then requested our associate take a credit card payment totaling €10,850.00. This payment would be a €2,000 deposit for our associate plus €8,850.00 for a translator for our flights and travel expenses. Our associate was asked to take this payment for the translator because they had no credit card facility and Mr Richardson can’t disclose his credit card details to more than one person as the whole funds for this booking and other logistics has been credited into the credit card.

Mr Richardson then goes on to advise our associate “since you have the facility to run the charges in your office, I would send the card details and then authorize you to charge the total amount of €10,850.00 plus taxes and bank charges from the card. Once the funds has been credited into your account, you deduct the €2,000.00 as deposit for your services while you forward the €8,850.00 to the translator.”

Any business who receive any emails from Mr Richardson or who receive emails with the same or similar content are advised to report the emails at http://www.spamcop.net/

Below are the emails received by our associate:

2012/4/7 Richards <richardsonf41@yahoo.com>

Greetings

I am interested in booking for your services.

I would be in the city for a business negotiation with my clients, Please confirm if you have any vehicle(s) that can accommodate 10 persons? Any of these: Limousine, minivans, bus, sedan, or any two cars that can carry 4 persons each.

Please let me know what you can offer/types of vehicles you have.

Arrival Date: 5th June 2012
Departure Date: 15th June 2012
I request the estimate/quote for a vehicle(s) for 8 passengers. The price
should be based on a 5 hour/ day – 100 miles a day. Let me have the quote in
the format below:
Price per hour/:……………………
price per 5 hours a day:……………
Total cost for 5 days:………………

I have contacted an agent that would provide us with accommodation. I will forward to you our hotel address and times for the car service within 3 to 4 days before our arrival.

This is to enable me confirm the final itinerary with my clients. Our destination is basically from the airport to the hotel and then to the venue of the conference.

Please advise the areas you cover/operate?

Do you accept credit cards for payments? If yes, what types?

Thank you for your time, and look forward to your reply.

Kind regards,
Frank
2012/4/8 Frank Richardson <richardsonf41@yahoo.com>

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Greetings,

Thanks for the reply. I would be leaving very soon for Greece to meet with my clients so we can discuss more on the trip and conference. So, in order to fully secure the arrangement before I leave, I would send the credit card details to you for a deposit of €2,000.00.

I also wish to inform you that I contacted an agent/translator to handle flights logistics (ticket, flights insurance, international airport transfers and accommodation) on our behalf. The translator would assist us during the conference and business meetings with our clients. As we would have clients that don’t understand/speak English language. We have also decided to make a deposit payment to him so he can as well as secure our flights and other logistics. The details would be sent to you as soon as we have confirmed the arrangement with the agent.

I would be sending the credit card details to charge the total amount of €10,850.00. This amount would include the deposit for your services and €8,850.00 for the translator for our flights and travel expenses. You are to make the charges for the translator because he has no credit card facility and I can’t disclose my credit card details to more than one person as the whole funds for this booking and other logistics has been credited into the credit card.

So, since you have the facility to run the charges in your office, I would send the card details and then authorize you to charge the total amount of €10,850.00 plus taxes and bank charges from the card. Once the funds has been credited into your account, you deduct the €2,000.00 as deposit for your services while you forward the €8,850.00 to the translator. His details shall be sent to you as soon as you confirm the funds in your account.

NB: Please kindly confirm that the arrangement is ok with you so we can proceed with the booking proper. I would also need you to prepare all invoice and contract in my name.

ALL CHECKS AND BALANCES WOULD BE MADE WITH YOU 1 WEEK BEFORE OUR ARRIVAL

For my record purposes, I would need the following details:

Your full name:……………….
Contact address:……………….
Phone numbers &
Fax:……………………….

Please confirm the below:

How much is full payment for your service?………….€

We will make deposit as I explained:

1. Deposit for your service…………………………………..€2,000.00
2. Logistic Agent…………………………………………………€8,850.00
3.Bank Surcharge………………………………………………€

Total………………………………………………………………….. €

Please enclose your Name & Phone number, Then I will contact your for payment.

Regards

Frank

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From: Frank Richardson <richardsonf41@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012/4/9

am a private booking agent and my address is as bellow:
11th Floor, Plaza IBM
No. 8, First Avenue,
Persiaran Bandar Utama
47800 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan



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