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Mice Net : December 2008
technology of $21,000 which they received via Visa. A week or so later the UK contact asked that the event company send $10,000 of the $21,000 received to a logistics agent based in the United States to cover air travel costs for the couple. They did so, receiving all the appropriate paperwork. “During our email contacts and phone calls we always felt that something didn’t feel right, but couldn’t work out what as we had received the funds upfront,” the event company representative said. “We became more suspicious when he was willing to provide more funds by way of Visa payments when what we really needed was responses to our emails where we requested details for the church service, etc. “Then he requested that we also manage his best man’s wedding which was going to be held one week later in Sydney.” The end result was that the Visa card used was stolen, and the $21,000 was not honoured. The Australian company therefore, was $10,000 out of pocket, having sent money to the US. fraud scaminternet T event company alerts industry to he company was approached via a lead through a website to organise the wedding in Sydney of a UK couple. After doing the ground work they asked for an upfront payment a highly ReSpected australian event company has been duped out of $10,000 after an internet fraud. Net widens mice.net magazine included the above article in its October 15 edition of its e-newsletter. Following the report two more Australian companies came forward claiming that they had been in discussions with a UK-based individual who had been making enquiries about a wedding arrangement in Australia. Thankfully, they were in the early stages of negotiation and no money had changed hands. An Australian Federal Police investigator urged the event planner in the case above to visit the website -www.scamwatch.com.au – for details of similar scams. It is recommended that meeting and event planners in the local industry also do so, and ensure that “leads” that come from websites can be verified. Managing director of EventConnect.com, Steve Coombes, believes the actual crime detailed above is clearly credit card fraud. He says the events industry should take heed of this type of activity and pay particular attention to enquiries generated via websites or email as they are an easy way for criminals to make contact anonymously. “The local website this lead came from was not Eventconnect. com, however, sellers should be aware that whether it’s their own company website or a directory listing, they are a potential target in a global environment,” he said. share, impress & learn in luxury... Host your next conference, meeting or event at multi award winning bellachara only 2 hours South of Sydney •conference & event facilities for 8-180 people •luxurious accommodation •restaurant & wine lounge • day spa •2 pools •tennis court created to offer guests a personal experience... bellachara boutique hotel gerringong bellachara.com.au Bellachara_Mice December 08_Blue.indd 1 02 4234 1359 1 fern st gerringong 27/10/2008 8:34:37 PM mice.net 27