This was sent to some friends of mine who run a bed and breakfast establishment. It sounded plausible so they replied to say that they did have accommodation for the dates requested. (I realised as soon as I read this that it wasn’t genuine – the phrases “in your facility” and “your country” were the giveaways – clearly they had no idea who they were writing to, nor did they know which country my friends live in.)
We require accommodation in your facility for two (2) , we will be
visiting your country for a Seven (7) nights in the month of Jan. 2011
Please check availability and get back to me with the costs forthe
duration of our stay:
Dates: 23rd JAN. -29th JAN. 2011
Duration: 7 nights
We are willing to book immediately and will make deposit
to be secured for the period we requested:
I look forward to hearing from you shortly.
My friends then received this reply, which (in my eyes) was the giveaway that this was a scam.
I told my neighbours to issue a Paypal invoice. They never heard from this scammer again. I suspect that they were intending to send a fake cheque for more than the requested amount and then ask for the balance to be forwarded to a (fake) third party (car hire, tour guide etc).