CakesUnleashed Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 8:12am
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In the past, I've received those scamming emails where the person wants a wedding cake and it's laughable as the order is in broken English, i.e., "Yes, please. Need cake for wedding. It say Happy Marriage...." Something to that effect and then wants an agent to pick it up...yadda yadda yadda.

Well, here's a new one I got today. Any of you received such a message?

From: Miky Fare <(mod edited)@yahoo.com>
To: undisclosed recipients: ;
Received-On: Today 3:20 PM
Subject: Cake Decorating Classes/cooking classes:::::::::::::
More...


Hello,
How are you doing today ? My name is Miky Fare I want to book for Cake Decorating Classes/cooking with you while on a 2weeks holidays in your country.We are a group of 10 people seeking for Cake Decorating training while on holidays and as part of our plans we need Cake Decorating classes/private lessons.

We shall be needing a Cake Decorating classes for the whole 2weeks in your area.
I would like to book for 2weeks classes for 3 hours each day Monday to Saturday (morning hours) for a group of 10. We are asking for 3 hours per day for 2 weeks - Monday - Saturday. A total of 36 hrs
Do you have a training facility where you conduct classes? We can arrange for this,if not available. Do you have rooms or is there any hotel close to your facility?
DATE: 7THMarch2010 TO 21March2010
I would love to know the possibility of working with you during this period.Kindly get back to me with your proposals so that we can make booking asap.
The group would be performing for a group of family members over there. I would love to get the total cost or a quote/estimate. What are your payment options? Do you accept credit cards? I would be grateful if you will be willing to do the work to teach quality classes and make us happy
Regards
MIKY FARE

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JanH Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 8:20am
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Miky Fare is also busy with other scams:

http://www.123-praha.com/2008/02/scam-attack-accommodation-attempt.html

http://www.bellydanceforums.net/off-topic/11150-aware-scam.html

HTH

alinabellydance Posted 19 Mar 2010 , 11:50pm
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Miky Fare, changes his name to Miky Afre!!
scams bellydancers too!

heavenly-cakes Posted 15 Jun 2010 , 7:24pm
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Hello ,
Thanks for your email the content well understood.
I am also glad to tell you that cost is acceptable by us and as such
willing to make a deposit payment of 2,000 USD immediately. The full
payment would be made in three installments to be completed before our arrival
.Hope this is ok? Due to our acceptance and
willingness to have the classes with you, I would love to conclude payment with you.

A single credit card detail would be sent to you when I receive your
confirmatory mail so that you would charge, a part payment of 2,000 USD deposit as agreed/authorized by the group. (NOTE: ALL CHECKS AND
BALANCES WOULD BE MADE WITH YOU BEFORE OUR ARIVAL)
Moreover, I also made an arrangement with a translator .The translator
will take care of all our logistics to include.

1) Flights
2) International Airport transfer
3)Transportation logistics during our stay. Also, car hiring, other
necessary travel arrangements. The language translator will be able to
translate every language word to some of the group members that are
Greeks.

I have arranged this with a translator who is willing to undertake
these responsibilities on our behalf. She will be with us throughout
the stay with you. However, since you have credit card machine, I have
decided that YOU will handle the credit card information. Once you
receive the credit card details, you would be authorized to charge a
total of 7,500 USD ,deduct the deposit of 2,000 USD for your services
and send the balance of 5,500 USD to the translator to enable her take
care of some of our other travel logistics and also hire a Costar bus
for them to easy our movement on time.

You are advised to charge the credit card because the translator does
not have a credit card charging facility to put through these charge
on the credit card. Her account does not support it. Please confirm
these directives and provide me with your details as below:

(1) YOUR FULL NAME...............
(2) ADDRESS.......................
.......
(3) PHONE NUMBERS................

I would be grateful if you will be willing to do the work to teach
quality classes, make us happy and keep us coming back month after
month!

Regards

Unit D7, Water meadows Lt Ind Liphook Rd
Lindford
GU35 0PG
England
+ 44 704 5762 720

j-pal Posted 17 Jun 2010 , 2:41pm
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I just got this e-mail today... I knew it was a scam before I got to the 2nd line. I can't believe that anyone actually falls for this! I responded to his e-mail telling him my fees would be $36,000 and it had to be sent certified check. I doubt I'll hear back from him/her since I don't accept credit cards!

Rotten thiefs.

smokeysmokerton Posted 17 Jun 2010 , 3:06pm
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I wonder if you followed through long enough to get the account number if you could trace it to find out who it belonged to? Don't they use stolen credit cards?


ETA, I just read Jan's link and....why would anyone send their own money and not mention that the credit card didn't go through? Are there really people that do this?

Dolledupcakes Posted 17 Jun 2010 , 3:22pm
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I received the same email. People are CRAZY!!!!!!

sadie098 Posted 17 Jun 2010 , 3:38pm
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I have received 2 similar emails and phone calls to boot. The phone calls were through a relay for the hearing impaired. So I alled the relay service and found out that these people need to be reported to the fed. government.
They typically target people who offer services or items on the internet, ie: craigslist and other internet advertising. I wasn't offering cakes but Yorkie puppies through a paid newspaper advertisment, that also listed on the internet.
Obviously, they're scammers and I now include in my listings, SCAMMERS WILL BE REPORTED. I haven't received any more of them. icon_wink.gif

j-pal Posted 17 Jun 2010 , 4:10pm
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I think that originally the credit card charge DOES go through. And then the REAL owner of the credit card reports the false charge and it gets taken away, but by that time, you've already submitted your portion of the bill to their translator, or delivery agent, or whoever they're claiming needs payment upfront.

neecerator Posted 19 Jun 2010 , 2:15am

The scary part is....where do they find all the cake decorators? Do you advertise, or are you on Facebook? Who's checking us CC'ers out?! How are they finding you?

j-pal Posted 19 Jun 2010 , 2:43am

From places where you advertise on the internet, such as your website, facebook or craig's list.

zoraya Posted 19 Jun 2010 , 2:57am
Quote:
Originally Posted by sadie098

I have received 2 similar emails and phone calls to boot. The phone calls were through a relay for the hearing impaired. So I alled the relay service and found out that these people need to be reported to the fed. government.
They typically target people who offer services or items on the internet, ie: craigslist and other internet advertising. I wasn't offering cakes but Yorkie puppies through a paid newspaper advertisment, that also listed on the internet.
Obviously, they're scammers and I now include in my listings, SCAMMERS WILL BE REPORTED. I haven't received any more of them. icon_wink.gif




I got one of those phone calls too through the hearing impaired relay. I thought it seemed fishy. they wanted 200 cuppies and would send a courier to pick them up. I knew it then and said I was fully booked. They asked for 2 other weekends and I said nope, booked.

Kitagrl Posted 19 Jun 2010 , 3:01am

Some of them can be fairly convincing...I got one the other day that was simply a request for a quote for a wedding cake that sounded legit....English was not too bad at all.

BUT then when I responded with a simple question about the date and a few other details, she asked for a quote and "address to your location" which started to raise red flags...so I just said I was booked (and truly I was busy enough whatever weekend she mentioned).

It was just fishy.

MissDanaRae Posted 19 Jun 2010 , 3:03am
Quote:
Originally Posted by sadie098

I have received 2 similar emails and phone calls to boot. The phone calls were through a relay for the hearing impaired. So I alled the relay service and found out that these people need to be reported to the fed. government.
They typically target people who offer services or items on the internet, ie: craigslist and other internet advertising. I wasn't offering cakes but Yorkie puppies through a paid newspaper advertisment, that also listed on the internet.
Obviously, they're scammers and I now include in my listings, SCAMMERS WILL BE REPORTED. I haven't received any more of them. icon_wink.gif




I actually used to work for a relay service who provided the free internet relay, which is where they do all the scams. It was such a joke, the person that told you all that information can actually be fired and sued for giving any information. It has to do with the rights of the deaf and that they have the right to scam people, or do anything through the phone just as anyone does. But the thing is the people who abuse it don't need the relay service they are just taking advantage. I hated those phone calls and most of them are " I will send you a check in such and such amount and you will mail this much back to me" When I worked there they targeted a lot of craigslist type stuff. It can be really fustrating.

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