If you run a hotel or bed & breakfast you have a whole world of phishy emails just to yourselves. Today it’s Pastor John Ray who craves “your sense of honesty and sincerity “. Surely a minister of the cloth isn’t implying that you would tell lies about your room rates. Or maybe he thinks you might lie about your availablility. Guests. Who needs them? They only create work.
I hope you realise that Pastor John Ray doesn’t exist. He’s a scammer, after your hard earned cash. On my spam and phishing blog, I have posted a couple of similar scams where the scammer started to ask for you to pay him for air fares, car hire etc. I have a cyberfriend named Annie Cheater. She has replied to Pastor John Ray and will let you know what he wants.
Don’t follow my example and reply. Just delete the email and don’t reply.
We write to introduce our Ministry “John Ray”Our main importance of
sending this mail is to crave your sense of honesty and sincerity with
respect to this enquiry. We want to enquire from you if you can book an
accommodation for the Church team who will be arriving Evangelical
We would be most appreciative if you would be willing to do so.
Number of Guest:06
Date of Arrival: 20th Dec 2008
Date of Departure:30th Dec 2008
Type of Room: Double Bed
Persons Per Room: 2
Number of Rooms: 3
For prompt action, we would be very grateful, if you can send with the
cost for of the accommodation to effect the prepayment and the following
1. TOTAL COST FOR THE ACCOMMODATION (In $USD Currency)
2. FULL MAILING/POSTAL ADDRESS OF HOTEL
3. CONTACT NAME
4. TELEPHONE NUMBER.
We would be expecting your prompt response so that we can forward our
Card Details for prepayment.
Thank you and God Bless,
Pastor John Ray
My cyberfriend Annie has a reply from Pastor Ray. Here is part of it. As I thought, they want her to send them 4k Euros for flights!!
So I would appreciate it if you could charge an extra 4,000 Euro for us via your credit card machine & you can then send it to us via western union money transfer in west africa as usual.