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New York Scam: A Serious Warning For All Travellers: UPDATE

Keep spreading the word. We've seen more reports of these guys ripping people off in droves, so I felt an update and some advice might not go too astray.

First off read this post before you book anything.

Names that these bastards use include, but are not limited to:
JAMES SMITH
JAMES LOVE
DONALD KAPLAN
WAYNE MORGAN
MORGAN WAYNE

He's also advertising on sites such as IHA.com and A1Vacation Properties, so I'd avoid them like the plague. None of these sites will assist you other than to say, "Too bad, so sad, we've removed the listing." As we've seen as soon as they pull one listing the scammers load another. The only protection you have is being warned beforehand.

The US authorities seem utterly disinterested in doing anything about this, even though a number of people have done the right thing and reported it through the proper channels. In the meantime do the following:

DO NOT PAY FOR ANYTHING VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEY GRAM OR ANY OTHER SIMILAR PAYMENT METHOD! None…