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    Possible Lodging Scam

    We rent out cabins in a state park area and get e-mail requests for reservations. The one recent is from a Professor In England who wants us to charge their credit card for $4,000 more than the amount we charge. We are then to send him the $4,000 excess via Western Union money transfer.

    We have stopped the transaction after this request because it is our opinion that after they get the $4,000, they will dispute the visa transaction leaving us out of any money and actually less the $4,000 that they received.

    We believe this to be a scam but wonder if others have heard of it before??

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    Re: Possible Lodging Scam

    Quote Originally Posted by lmcfadden06
    We rent out cabins in a state park area and get e-mail requests for reservations. The one recent is from a Professor In England who wants us to charge their credit card for $4,000 more than the amount we charge. We are then to send him the $4,000 excess via Western Union money transfer.

    We have stopped the transaction after this request because it is our opinion that after they get the $4,000, they will dispute the visa transaction leaving us out of any money and actually less the $4,000 that they received.

    We believe this to be a scam but wonder if others have heard of it before??
    An obvious advance fee scam, the card is likely stolen.
    Michael Webster, Ph.D LL.B.

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    Toronto, ON

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    Re: Possible Lodging Scam

    Yes, It is a scam. You will probably are going to be asked to send the money to Nigeria or some other "paradise". More important, you will have later to explain to the police your role in that fraud scheme.

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    Re: Possible Lodging Scam

    Quote Originally Posted by lmcfadden06
    We rent out cabins in a state park area and get e-mail requests for reservations. The one recent is from a Professor In England who wants us to charge their credit card for $4,000 more than the amount we charge. We are then to send him the $4,000 excess via Western Union money transfer.

    We have stopped the transaction after this request because it is our opinion that after they get the $4,000, they will dispute the visa transaction leaving us out of any money and actually less the $4,000 that they received.

    We believe this to be a scam but wonder if others have heard of it before??
    OLD SCAM THIS ONE! Don't do it, you will lose your money.

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