Sunday, October 16, 2011

Yet Another Piano Lesson Scam Email

A few days ago, many of the teachers in my area received the following email:
    I need a patient teacher who loves teaching music to students of all ages for my daughter (Angela) who is coming for an holiday season in your area, i got your advert while searching through your area and i really want my 16 yrs old daughter to be taught by you as you are with tutoring Experiences {Angela} is a beginner and easily catch up.Although,i came to understand that you are in (CANADA} but I've arranged with my client (son's Nanny) living there in the CANADA that my daughter is coming to stay with her for the period of tutoring and she has agreed with me, But we personal reside in Belgium..kindly get back to me with the required information below.

Musical education?

Level of experience?


Studio atmosphere?

Type of programme offered?

What is you Charges for an hour?

Your total charges for 6 weeks private lesson (60 MINUTES EACH, 2 TIMES PER WEEK)?

Full name and Address?

Your cell and home phone number?

Regarding where the lesson will be holding,i hope if you don't have a studio where you can tutor,it will be better if the lesson can take place in public facility or in local library in your area.i think that could be okay.I think you just have the option of where to make the lesson available while you hope it will be a successful lesson for you and my daughter.

Thank you very much, I hope to read from you as soon as possible so that the private lesson can commence immediately.

Micheal Woods
In case you're unfamiliar with these types of scams, the sender inquires about lessons and solicits a great deal of information. When you respond with the requested information, they immediately send you a cheque for several thousand dollars, followed by an immediate request for the return of part of that amount. The original cheque will bounce, and you'll be out of pocket for the amount of money you sent.

The only way to avoid any fraud attempt is to ignore these emails. The giveaway is the terrible spelling and grammar, as well as what looks to be a cut and paste job on the target country.

Please beware. I know people who have fallen victim to these scams. It isn't fun.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:14 PM

    The first one I got (variation on this one), I responded with great care about why the arrangement wouldn't be practical (distance). I asked questions thinking I might help find someone to help if I had more info. Of course, I didn't hear back.

    The next, oh, dozen I received over the next year or so, which were clearly very poor cut & paste jobs of the same scam letter, have become a collection I sometimes send back with the message that, with so much in common, perhaps they could all become friends - in jail.