By Jim Dicken Owner FGHP.com
Recent Exchange with a Scammer..
Funny and some what Adult in Nature...
New Scam - Charity wanting to help you and your business.
Scammer Names Used so far.
Disgusting Military Scam.. Targeting Spouses of Soldiers.
Scam Email Information
for other professions..Bank Phishing
Banking Scams Lottery Scam, Etc. I am also adding new scams for fishing and hunting to this website.
Currently there are a large number of scams targeting the Travel Industry, which includes fishing guides, lodges, hotels, motels, hunting guides, outfitters for both hunting and fishing and Bed and Breakfasts.
It just never stops.. you would think they would find this site, and know not to send me stuff. Worse this one is an exact copy of one I got from a guide in Arkansas the day before. Same Date and everything.
In a message dated 1/4/2011 8:55:23 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, email@example.com writes:
OK, I want to thank you for confirming that you have no intention of booking a trip with me.
1. I have asked you 3 times to tell me which location you want. The locations I gave you are on opposite ends of the continent. One in Florida and one in Alaska.
2. The scam you are promoting on me and wasted my time with is well known in this country.
You send me a nice check, that in one week bounces. I then am out the $10.000 that you tell me the check is worth.. Usually it is a washed check that has been cashed already that you have gotten your hands on.. sometimes its just a fake that is good enough to fool the bank for a while.
3. The names and the information are identical to that of several guides I work with.
4. I AM NOT nor have I ever been a CAPTAIN.
I own a guide directory and you got my email from that directory, and I am guessing you bought the list of all the guides on my website. Problem is I have warned all my guides of this scam, and do so monthly with reminders.
I hope you have a nice life. I am very sorry that you have to scam hard working people who are broke any way due to the economy being in the toilet. You will probably find some desperate soul who will bit on this scam, however your name is now in a database and if they do any home work at all they will find you on my website... www.scam-email.com
Newest Scam - Boat Rental Scam.. Identical to Fishing Guide Scam.
My name is Dr Arthur Macarthy, I want to hire a fishing boat for a group of medical doctors who are interested in sightseeing/fishing for a one week period.
Please get back to me with the total cost of the available boat/yacht that can accommodate a group of 5 persons, prices, discount & tax payable inclusive so that we can discuss your payment.
Arrival date: 10th May, 2008
Departure date: 17th May, 2008
Mode of Payment: Credit card
I hope to hear from you as soon as possible so that we can reach a conclusion.
Dr Arthur Macarthy
Dear Redacted for privacy
Thanks for your last mail and the total cost quoted for the boat hire.I have concluded payment arrangements with the guests and they have accepted your pricing and conditions.Below are the names of the tourists that would be occupying the reserved boat;
1. Dr.Thomas Brown (60 years)
2. Mrs Nina Brown (55 years)
3. Mrs Regina Douglas (48 years)
4. Professor Williams Douglas (58 years)
Moreover, we also made an arrangement with a prepaid European transportation consultant/Flight ticketing agent that will assist in the transportation of the guests and airlift them to your location in Redacted for safety, so in order not to share the information with a third party, we have decided that only one person (YOU) will have to handle the credit card information.
Therefore, I will forward you a signed authorization letter and my Visa credit card details that you will can charge in advance for a total of $6,000.So once you are in receipt of it, confirm the amount of $6,000 in your account then deduct a full deposit of $1,890 to secure the boat, "Fish N Ski boat" and assist me in sending the balance of $4,110 to the European agent/transportation consultant, whose details will be forwarded to you once you confirm that the charges have been made, while any other outstanding charges will be paid by the tourists before their arrival.
Please confirm this and get back to me with your full name, address and telephone number so that I can forward you my credit card details.Endeavor to get back to me upon receipt so that I will send you the details of the agent that will receive the balance from you.
Dr Arthur Macarthy
NEW SCAM Appears.. I just got this one.. and I am tracking it. I do
not know how it works yet. I have answered the mail and will keep you up
There are several versions of this scam but the general scam starts like this email that I recently received from one of the guides on www.1fghp.com
Another NEW Scam!
I have banner space available.. in 30 X 60 if you want it. Do you want this to link to a website or just post the ads.. I would charge you $10.00 per ad page.. 50 pages $500.00 75 pages $650.00
100 pages $750.00
These are all interior pages.. Buy as many as you want.
I never did hear back from this fellow as to what he wanted.. I did not send my phone number so that may be why.
Well at LEAST he has the Slang down right .. even spelled it the way
they do in Arkansas and Kentucky.
Mr. Hoebke's response..
I WILL FISH FOR SAlT WATER FISH .I WILL NEED YOUR NAMES AND ADDRESS SO THAT THE CHECK FOR PAYMENT FOR THE CHARTER CAN BE MADE OUT TO YOU BY MY EMPLOYERS WHO ARE SPONSORING MY VACATION FROM WORK.
THEY MIGHT INCLUDE OTHER EXPENSES ON THE CHECK, IF THAT HAPPENS, THEN WHEN YOU CASH THE CHECK YOU WILL TAKE YOUR DEPOSIT AND SEND THE EXCESS FUNDS TO MY AGENT TO ENABLE HIM TIDY UP MY TRAVELLING DOWN THERE AND OTHER NECESSARY THING TO MAKE ME COMFORTABLE.
GET BACK ASAP
The Scam Starts
This guy just does NOT have a clue..
Spelling, grammar .. and this was sent to a guide in Kansas..
Please get back to me if there is vacancy so that i will pay
immedaitely with my
credit cards for the days to be blocked.
I occasionally with attempt to get information from such scammers. This particular scammer wanted to give me his credit card number for a down payment on the reservation. While that will work, in the end the credit card will be either stolen or a fraudulent number stolen from the company. You are then responsible for the money that the scammer will ask you to send to his Travel Specialist.
If I get credit card numbers from a scammer, I send them to a contact at Visa and CC an FBI contact.
Not much happens since the perpetrators are hiding in countries with no extradition and which do not care whether a guide or business is out $4000 to $6000.
Do not be scammed by someone sending you a Certified Check either. In each case I am aware of the Certified Check was a very good forgery that was accepted by the bank and in the end the Bank took the money from the account of the person who deposited it.
I have received several of these copies and they ARE very good.
If you get such a solicitation ignore it. Toss it in the spam file or follow up.. just in case.. but in the end if the person asks you to send them money... IT IS A SCAM. If they ask you to send the money to a TRAVEL AGENT... IT IS A SCAM. IF they want to charge money beyond what is your payment IT IS A SCAM.. do not proceed.. do not pass go.
You will lose.
I followed one of these scammers across Canada attempting to get to him. He had a cell phone purchased in Ontario and wanted the money sent to Churches and Schools in British Columbia. Checking for a legitimate address would not have saved the money since they wanted it sent Western Union. Doing so means that the person can get the money from anywhere on the planet despite sending it to a specific address. Most of the money has been traced to accounts in Communist China, Nigeria, and other Third World Countries.
My own suspicion is that this money may be going to organizations like Al Queda.
Other forms of this letter want reservations for a religious group coming to the states for a Religious Conference..
Father and Son traveling together for the first time in years.
IF you get an email and are suspicious of it? IT IS A SCAM... however if you get a new version of this email please send me a copy so that I may post it to this site and to others that I run to prevent other people from being scammed.
If you have a question about an email feel free to call me or to email me a copy of the email. I will be happy to give you my expertise on such emails.
IN THE END... the real clue is that they want you to send them money.
If a person from an English Speaking country does not use proper grammer and spelling it is a SCAM.
I would sensor these but I figure by making them LIVE Emails that spiders will send them plenty of spam..
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