Q: Good Day! I am Miss Ameena Williams living in United Arab Emirates. I want to book for breast reduction surgery in your clinic. I and 6 of my colleagues will be spending our vacation in your country for three weeks in the month of May 2011 and I want to use this opportunity to have this breast reduction surgery done. I am 40 years old. Kindly confirm the best dates for you in the month of May and how many days it will take you to finish the surgery and also confirm if your firm will be able to handle this so that I can make my booking immediately.What is the total cost of the surgery in your clinic so that I can make the deposit payment. Payments is via credit card because of my location now in offshore and I hope your clinic do accept credit card.
Awaits your reply with the required info above. Kind Regards, Ameena Williams.
A: This is a classic example of an internet scam that is directly specifically at plastic surgeons. I have seen many examples of this in different versions but the story is always the same. Out of the blue without any prior interactions, a patient from another country (usually the United Kingdom or Saudi Arabia) sends an e-mail and requests surgery with a specific date in mind. Money is asked to change hands by credit card but the plastic surgeon will eventually be asked to front them money for travel. The plastic surgeon will initially be paid by their credit card. (stolen no doubt) In the end no patient will ever arrive and the plastic surgeon will be out the advanced travel monies.
As the old motto goes….beware those that come bearing gifts.
Dr. Barry Eppley