Sambo Metals SCAM Followup – Nomvula Tshefu SCAMMER

Last year, I blogged about a scammer that tried to do us over at Work. It was a common scam style whereby the scammer tries to get you to take an overpayment for some services – and then send part of the payment to a 3rd party.

The scam comes in the form of the scammer using stolen cards, and the 3rd party is actually them. Meaning they are basically using you to wash dirty money!

Anyway, a concerned business owner, Petra, sent me an email chain between themselves and a scammer calling themselves Nomvula Tshefu – and using the same email as the Sambo Metals scammer – sambornetals1@gmail.com and within the chain the scammer tries to book a room and would probably be trying to use the same scam they tried on us – but thanks to Petra’s thorough approach to her work she managed to squash the scam early on!

Here’s how the emails went down;

Von: Nomvula Tshefu [mailto:sambornetals1@gmail.com]
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 9. Juni 2016 17:22
An: XXXXXX@XXX.XXX
Betreff: Reservation for 8 Guest.

Good Day,

I will like to book 4 double rooms for 8 guest from 18th of June to 30th of June. Please advise if you have available rooms. How much is per night?

I await your response

Thanks

Nomvula Tshefu

Nothing wrong with that enquiry  – ok apart from the fact this guy clearly hasn’t read their website!

On Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 5:29 PM, Petra <XXXXXX@XXX.XXX> wrote:
Hello,

we only have one holiday-apartement! It is place for only three Persons!

Greetings

Petra

Ooops…not off to the best start!

Von: Nomvula Tshefu [mailto:sambornetals1@gmail.com]
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 9. Juni 2016 18:32
An: Petra
Betreff: Re: information from Petra in Oberfranken

We can book that for 3 let us know and do yous erve breakfast

Petra decided to clear up a few points…

Von: Petra [mailto:XXXXXX@XXX.XXX]
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 9. Juni 2016 19:17
An: ‘Nomvula Tshefu’
Betreff: AW: information from Petra in Oberfranken

Hello,,

please look to my homepage. This is an apartment with kitchen.
I don´t make breakfast.

The apartment is still free in time from 18. till 30. of june. We receive the payment on the day of arrival.
For 3 people per day you pay 35,00 Euro plus final cleaning 35,00 Euro. Total price for 12 days: 455,00 €

Would you like to book? Then you will get a booking confirmation by mail.
But before I can make the booking finished, I still need some information.
As we work with reservation system, we need a complete address and telephone number from you.

Greetings, Petra

Tick tock tick tock… no reply…

On Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 9:07 AM, Petra <XXXXXX@XXX.XXX> wrote:
Hello, Mrs. Nomvula Tshefu

the booking has not yet been confirmed! Please let me know if I can make the booking complete (For three person, from 18. till 30. of june)

Or you don´t want complete these booking ?

Please reply also in this case.

Greetings, Petra

Maybe they were scamming other people and didnt have time to reply ot the first email… This one got a response though…

Von: Nomvula Tshefu [mailto:sambornetals1@gmail.com]
Gesendet: Dienstag, 14. Juni 2016 09:44
An: Petra
Betreff: Re: Please reply quickly Petra in Oberfranken

I want to complete the booking and how much is the total again so i can send you my card details to make the full payment for the booking and secure it for me.

Again – this guy wants to get to the payment part ASAP – I wonder why….?!

On Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 10:22 AM, Petra <XXXXXX@XXX.XXX> wrote:
Hello,
before I can make the booking finished, I still need some information.
As we work with reservation system, we need a complete address and telephone number from you.

Then you get a confirmation email
In this e-mail you will receive our bank details and pay € 455.00
The total price for 12 nights/3 people – from 18.06 to 30.06.2016 – is € 455,00

If the money has arrived on the account, you still get an email confirmation. And then everything is perfect.

Greetings, Petra

Petra being stern and sticking to her guns – well done you! The fact she runs her business properly also means she saved her own skin here. If she worked from a reservation book and everything was done manually I dare say she would have been screwed over by this clown.

The reply she got next was a golden piece of editorial wonderstuff;

Von: Nomvula Tshefu [mailto:sambornetals1@gmail.com]
Gesendet: Dienstag, 14. Juni 2016 12:35
An: Petra
Betreff: Re: Petra in Oberfranken

CANCEL.

Wow. This scammer didnt even try!

Petra took this opportunity to send a reply back which I feel was fitting – I would have probably been a tad more offensive 🙂

Von:  Petra [mailto:XXXXXX@XXX.XXX]
Gesendet: Dienstag, 14. Juni 2016 13:21
An: ‘Nomvula Tshefu’
Betreff: Petra in Oberfranken

Hello,

I hope you soon find another hobby, so you do not rob working people their time.
In the future your emails are landing in my spam folder. Have a nice day.

Petra

It was at this point Petra reached out to me and told me of her story.

Thanks, Petra! 🙂

If you get an email like this or an email from anyone you dont like the look of, then post a comment or contact me and I’ll do my best to help you get to the bottom of it.

 

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