Private music teachers beware – possible email scam!

I have recently received this email as spam in my email account.  I was concerned by the poor English and spelling as well as the lack of detail as to what was to actually be taught.

After a quick Google search, I found out that this is a fairly common scam and may well be doing the rounds again. The request is usually for a short space of time and for two to four lesson a week.  There seems to be a lot of questions asked with little detail relating to what is actually to be taught. Money is sent in US dollars – usually way over the top of what should be sent. Following this, a request is sent asking you to pay back the additional money that was sent in error. The money that has been sent to you will then bounce and you will lose the money that you send off!

If you receive an email that looks a bit like this, it may well be worth avoiding altogether and please do not send any money back until cheques have cleared!

Hello,
 
  During my search for a lesson teacher that would help in taking my daughter (Sarah). During is stay in the Country. I found your advert and it is very okay to me since you specialize in the area I’m seeking for her. My daughter would be coming to your area for holiday, and i will want her to get something doing when she arrives in the area. I’ll like to know if you can help in taking her for the lesson? just to keep her busy. Sarah is 16 years old, she is a beginner, she has not experienced much but she is a very fast learner and will not portray any difficulties while you coaching/teaching her.Like i sad, i have someone that will always picks her up and drops her off for her lessons. So kindly let me know your charges cost per hour/lesson in order for me to arrange for her payment before she travels down to your side.
 
She will be staying there for 6 weeks.
 
Please Reply back on:
(1). Your charges per 1 hour (2 times a week for 6 weeks):starting from March 11, 2013
 
(2)  Total Cost For 12 cl-ass/12 hours lessons  in 6 weeks
 
(3). The Day and time you will be available to teach her During the week:
 
(4). Tuition address:
(5) What is your past teaching experience?
 
      Well am very happy that i see you as my daughter’s tutor,about your years of Experience. Awaiting your response asap.
   
Best Wishes.
Matt Bunt

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