This scam seems to be becoming rather more popular in the last month or so. I have received about 5 requests for bookings in my non existent restaurant.
They all request that I help them purchase a batch of mobile phones.
My assumption is that they acquire the phones from the hapless victim, before the victim realises that the credit card details given are fake.
Doubtless there are people in the world who are foolish enough to fall for this.
Dear Sir / Madam,
Allow me to announce you my desire to seek your collaboration .
Indeed I am Mr. Steeve KOFFI, the owner of a very big Company of export and import, manufacture... in Ivory Coast and due to the partnership signed between new collaborators and my company, I would like to reserve your restaurant for February 20th 2007.
I would like to be in contact with the person in charge of the restaurant.
My budget for this reception is 8.000€ ( 9.100 USD) planned for a cocktail and a dinner (From 6:00 P.M to 11:00 P.M).
I want the best for this business reception and all that is essential to insure the good progress of this reception.
The reservation is for 15 guests but if it is possible to reserve the complete restaurant there is no problem. Is it possible for you to give me the best services with this budget?
I wish to settle the payment in advance by credit card that you will charge directly at your restaurant and I would like to know if you have the necessary equipment for this transaction ( The POS machine).
This said I still need your assistance to have 10 Cells phones which will serve for rewarding the best 10 employees of my company. Cells phones will be put back to them during a trade fair which I will organize before our arrival to your restaurant.
Our choice concerned to cells phones which are not yet sold in our market .
We would thus want that you find us these cells phones in your region knowing that they will there be less expensive.
It is about:
NOKIA N93.................................................................... 10 pieces
As soon as you will have the quotation for these cells phones from a phone seller , I thus ask you to send it to me by including the expenses of reservation of the restaurant without forgotten the shipping cost of the cells phones by DHL Express.
To thank you for the remarkable work which you will have made to help us to get the cells phones on time, we agreed, the steering committee and I to give you a personal 1.000 € as personal commission.
To finish I let you know that the payment of our invoice (Restaurant + Cells phones + DHL Shipping cost + Your commission) will be made by credit card that you will have to charge at your Restaurant through the your POS machine as I have already explained it to you higher. Hoping to count on your whole arrangement,
I am looking forward to your fastest confirmation.
Mr Steeve KOFFI
Administrateur ,ETS HB, 43 rue du canal
Abidjan Côte d Ivoire
tel: +225 06 28 91 11
tel: +225 06 28 91 11