Cashier's cheque scam targetting dance studios / dance teachers
This scam that targets professional dance teachers is run by criminals in West Africa. It is a variation of a similar scam involving weddings photographers, violin teachers and hotels. The criminal poses as someone looking for dance lessons for a groups. He contacts a professional dance teacher to book a set of group lessons. Then he/she sends a large cashier's check as payment. The check is larger than the amount of thelessons.
The teacher is asked to cash the check and wire the extra amount to a third party, for example a travel agent supposedly the group. The check is fake and the victim wires several thousand dollars of his own money to the criminals if he falls for this scam.
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Subject: Dancing Booking
From: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, November 09, 2009 8:04 pm
My name is Sir Phillip Kelvin,A nationality of United kingdom but
currently based in Greece.i found of your info while i was searching
for a professional dance teacher.how ever, i want to believe you are a
dance teacher/instructor that LOVES teaching dance, reliable with a
good teaching experience. I would like to book for 2 weeks dance
classes for 3 hours each day Monday to Saturday (morning hours) for a
group of 10. We are asking for 3 hours per day for 2 weeks - Monday -
Saturday. A total of 36 hrs.
We want to entertain the guests as well as family members that would
be attending the 50th wedding anniversary of my parents. The dancers
are all in INTERMEDIATE level. What kind of dances do you teach? We
need dance classes/private lessons like Tango,Latin,as well as Salsa,
Swing and Ballroom.ANY of the above can serve.
Do you have a training studio/facility where you conduct the classes?
DATE: 30th November TO 12th December 2009.
The group would be performing for a group of family members over
there. I would love you to get back to me with the Grand total cost or
a quote/estimate. What are your charges and payment options? Do you
accept credit cards?
I would be grateful if you will be willing to do the work to teach
quality classes and make us happy.