My name is chalse james ,i want my son Laurel to come to your place
for the piano lesson so i i want you to tell me the time you teach and
i will want her to stay in your place ,because am not in the state. i
am a bussiness man so her mother die last 2 years to this time so am
the one taking crae of her so let me know the total cost for the
accomodation and the lesson fees.So for me to know what will be the
next thing to do so am using this opportunity to tell you that i am
beging to help me to take care of her .So looking forward to read from
you very soon.
Chlase James .
Has anyone else received this email recently? It looked like the recipient and cc addresses (not quoted) on the email were teachers in the Ontario area--my address must have been on the bcc list. This appears to be a variation of the classic piano lessons scam letter and after a bit of digging I found some documentation here and here of how it operates.
Below is a quick rundown on how the fraud possibly works:
1. The perpetrator initially sends an email to the piano teacher asking for lessons for their son/daughter, a pressing family situation, a need to trust in God, etc., and a request to take care of their son/daughter and offer them a large number of regular lessons. The initial letter commonly has a fair number of mistakes in it, as you can see from the quoted text above.
2. If the recipient sends contact info of their own studio or their institution, the perpetrator will send a cheque far in excess of what the teacher or institution charges, and then ask for the excess portion of the payment back. Guess what? The initial cheque send by the perpetrator will bounce, and the victim unlucky enough to send a cheque for the excess amount will have been successfully hosed.
My understanding is that if you never respond to the initial email, the fraud attempt will go no farther. As soon as the perpetrator has a home or institutional address, then they can send a bogus cheque to it, and begin to extort money. Fortunately, the level of grammar and spelling is low enough to probably generate alarm bells in anyone who reads the message. However, teachers that reply to all requests as a matter of course may be putting themselves at risk by responding.
Has anyone else had any experiences with this type of email?