How the scam works:
Scenario 1. If you work at a rental facility and have limousines on your lot, you might get a phone call or an email from a wedding planner requesting a limo for a wedding that takes place the following month. An agreed price is set after negotiations. The check finally arrives five days before the wedding.
You deposit the check in the bank and then prepare the limo. Three days before the wedding, the planner calls you saying that the wedding was cancelled, because the bride got seriously sick or her grandma died suddenly.
They ask for a refund, but say you can keep 10% to pay for your trouble. Very nice, you think, and send them the refund less 10%. The following week your bank contacts you to say the wedding planners check has bounced.
Scenario 2. You agree on a price of $1,200 but the check they send you is for $4,500. You call the client and tell them. They apologize for the mistake, but suggest that you go ahead and deposit the check, sending them the difference of $3,300. Naturally, their check for $4,500 bounces.
How to avoid the Limousine Service scam:
Never issue a refund until the check has cleared and the money is in your bank. Honest clients will be quite happy with that.
How to report the Limousine Service scam:
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