2008 Hotel Scam from a Fellow in Guyana
Motel owners constantly deal with Scams, and 10 years ago, I thought that I might be able to get this fellow arrested. (But of course, looking back at it now, I understand that no one gets arrested.)
This guy from Guyana spent MANY hours on the phone with us, trying to book our whole Motel (16 Rooms & 3 Houses) for a month for his “Company” that was going to be in Wawa for business. To get rid of him, we told him that it would cost $75,500.
So the guy agreed and mailed us this cheque.
When we received the cheque, we gave it to the Wawa Police, but they had no use for it. They were just relieved that we did not get scammed.
The fellow phoned and asked us if we received, deposited, and if the cheque cleared. (A lot of people don’t realize that the bank will put this amount into your Account without the cheque clearing! Seriously… If Banks stopped doing this, many scams would no longer exist.)
To play along, we told the fellow that we received the cheque and that the Bank cleared it! Yay!
He was happy.
The next day, he phoned to cancel his reservation (Of course), and he wanted us to wire back all the money except for a few thousand that we could keep. How nice of him!!
So the gig was up, we laughed. I told the guy that we didn’t fall for his silly scam, and OH BOY….he was PISSED!! Screaming and Yelling at me….. threatening to SEND THE ROBBERS TO WAWA TO KILL US!!! Explaining that he knew who we were and where we lived because everything is on our Website.
I told him to tell the Robbers to bring LOTS of Bug Spray because it was Black-Fly season.
I did feel the need to report this to a Canadian Anti-Fraud centre, and explained that the fellow threatened us. The funniest ending to the story was that the fellow at the Canadian Anti-Fraud centre said,
“Oh, you don’t have to worry. No one is travelling to Wawa to hurt you…” and added…
“I’ve BEEN to Wawa.”