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Hotel Payment Scam

Indications have arisen locally of a scam whereby hotel bookings are made with advance payments by cheque being in excess of the hotel booking amount.  This is a common type of fraud more typically seen in other areas of transactional activity with persons outside of Jersey and commonly on internet based sale sites.  The excess is then requested to be sent back to the person booking.  Although it may appear at first the funds have gone into the recipient’s account, the cheque is later rejected, by which time the excess has already been sent and a fraud has been committed.  

This is a reminder to people to take great care in returning excess amounts until they are satisfied as to valid and complete clearance of the original payment.

 

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