Tuesday, April 13, 2010


To all my fellow planners:
I want to inform of you a terrible scam that I am afraid if you find out about too late it can potentially wipe out your bank account and all your hard work.

Here is what happens:
First you will get a wedding inquiry from someone in the UK by the name Floyd Hilbert with a bride by the name of Brooke Becker. The email looks like a legit email from someone looking for your wedding services even though I have to admit the underlying tone of the email does sound a bit shady. This is the body of the email:

I am looking for an experienced wedding planner who will handle my wedding and arrange dinner for a group of people who will be attending the wedding ceremony.Seven will arrive few days before the wedding day.The wedding is expected to hold on the 11th September,2010 and about 50guests are expected to attend. As i do not know what the guests might choose for their meals and drinks, i will make a prepayment as initial deposit for this booking via credit card once availability is confirmed by you.All checks and balances will be made with you on 5th September which is the final day of the booking.
You are to arrange for a Videography, Music,Entertainment,Photography, Priest & Church,cake,flowers and hall.If there is any these items that is beyond your capability,you let us know so that another company can handle it.
Get back to me with your response as we don't have much time with us so that we can process accommodation within the region more convenient for you and us.
Best Regards,Floyd.

Since I assume Mr. Hilbert didnt like my response as "Milestone Events By Kristy does not sign contracts on behalf of clients nor make third party payments to vendors" i never heard from him again.
I did some research on these scams and they are to pay you in full either via check or credit card then cancel their event prior to the date and request a refund from you to gain access to your bank account.

Please be very leery of any emails you may get that sound like this.

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