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LotBoy47



Joined: 31 Jan 2019
Posts: 104
Location: SW France

PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:35 pm    Post subject: Our First Scam Enquiry? Reply with quote

I’m pretty sure that this is a scam attempt:


“From: andy murdoch <possible_scammer@xmail.com>
Date: 20 February 2019 at 12:51:16 CET
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: reservation

Hello,

I need to make a reservation at your place for 3 persons (1 couple and a friend ) going on holiday for 10 days starting from 6th April till 15th April 2019. I need to know your rates per night and the sum total for that period so we can arrange for payment. If you do not have availability at the time requested, Kindly let me know when you will have availability for 3 adults. I await your quick reply.

Regards,
Andy.”

First thing that looked odd was the email being sent to “Undisclosed Recipients” and BCCd to our email address.

Second clue (thanks to reading all the other scam example posted here!) was that he didn’t specify which of our 3 gites he was interested in.

He was nice enough to share his UK address though. Shame it belongs to a father and son gardening business with a totally different set of names.

Message was sent in both English and French, so at least “Andy” knows how to use Google Translate.

I do hope he isn’t hunched over his computer awaiting my reply. 😃


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Nemo



Joined: 14 Aug 2008
Posts: 7064
Location: Norfolk

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes a scam, but you should disguise the email address by editing your post as it can be someone completely innocent and the email has been "cloned" or whatever the technical term is.
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LotBoy47



Joined: 31 Jan 2019
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Location: SW France

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nemo wrote:
Yes a scam, but you should disguise the email address by editing your post as it can be someone completely innocent and the email has been "cloned" or whatever the technical term is.


Good call, have edited my original post.
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e-richard



Joined: 17 Oct 2004
Posts: 5012
Location: Algarve, Portugal

PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, I agree. Definitely scam.

Nemo wrote:
... and the email has been "cloned" or whatever the technical term is.

Funnily enough, the "technical term" for that is spoofing.
And its remarkably easy to do Crying or Very sad
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LotBoy47



Joined: 31 Jan 2019
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Location: SW France

PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Belated follow-up post triggered by another scam email “arriving” from Watford.

I contacted the gardening firm based at the given address and, as expected, they’d never heard of an Andy Murdoch.
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