Niagara Falls Tour Operators Beware!
Receiving emails from Nigerian Princesses promising a percentage of a large sum of money is nothing new, but just recently eTours was directly targeted with a tailor-made scam centered around their Niagara Falls tour.
The scam involved booking a Niagara Falls tour for a small group but instead of charging the regular price the person wanted to be charged more. More? Yes because there were other costs that his agent would have to incur. He did not have access to his bank and money wiring services since he worked on an Oil Rig and it wold make it easier if he could be charged once for everything. After the initial email below the person wanted eTours to charge $3,000 on his card, deduct the Niagara Falls Tour portion and transfer the difference to another bank account… “his agent”.
Of course the eTours Reservation Agent was suspicious and with a quick Google search found out that restaurants were targeted with a similar scam.
>>>Subject: Re: Want a tour Reservation
>>> I am interested but before other informations can be provided i
>>> will like to know if you do accept credit card for payment and if you do, when i give you my
>>> credit card details to charge i will like to know if you can be able to
>>> charge over the actual(which is your total price) amount because we are not
>>> in the country right now. I am on the high sea work at the moment (an OIL
>>> RIG) ther are no banks or moneygram here where i can send money to him so
>>> i will like you to charge over the amount and deduct your money and then
>>> send the balance to my agent who will prepare for our arrival. Get back to me
>>> if it’s possible so i can provide you with all the necessary informations.