Ongoing e-mail scam - DJs beware!
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Scam E-mails - Beware!

13 April 2006

DJs, please be aware of an ongoing e-mail scam that is still in circulation. It's easy to spot (so long as you know to look-out for it).

This is a typical example of the scam e-mail:

Good day,
How are you doing? I am Mr Larry Gbabs from united State and i am organising a birthday party for my son that is 18yrs old who is Kenneth by name and the party will takes place in my house in 2 ARKWRIGHT ROAD,HAMPSTEAD.LONDON NW3 6AD UK and i got to find your advertistment on the website,so i will like to know if you are still available for the date which is 4th of March 2006. Also I want to have your price for the service on the date and you will take time for a good service and bring along good mixers cos the party will start by 12 noon in the afternoon and ends up by 6.00pm in the let me know the cost of the service ?
Concerning your travelling here,i will need to have your full home address? for booking your ticket and send to you by courier services which you will be coming by first class courier to my house in Hampstead.Also names to be used on payment and your ticket? So let me know the cost for the service and also advise me back so that i can arrange in sending you a Cheque as soon as we clearify with exact cost. I await your email today.
Larry Gbabs

Here's a summary of how the scam works:

  • You're contacted by an individual residing in another country. They tell you that they will be in the UK on a certain date and want to book you.
  • You respond to the enquiry and they arrange to send to payment via bankers draft.
  • You receive the bankers draft (it may be for more than was arranged) and pay it in to your account.
  • If the draft was for more than arranged (a few hundred pounds), you're advised it was a mistake and are requested to transfer the overpayment back to their account. Or...
  • Just after you pay the draft in to your account, the scammer contacts you again to advise they've had to cancel and they request a refund.
  • After 7 days (the usual length of time it takes for a cheque to clear), you check your account and see the bankers draft has cleared so you transfer the money back to the scammer.
  • Several weeks later, your bank contacts you to advise the draft was fake. They reverse the credit to your account, leaving you several hundred pounds out of pocket.

Under no circumstance should you respond to these enquires - please delete and ignore them.

Replying to these e-mails confirms to the scammer that your e-mail address is live. You may then be targeted again or have your address added to junk mailing lists.

Whilst UK-Disco has tried to minimise the likelihood of you receiving these fraudulent e-mails through our system, it is impossible to eliminate them entirely.


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