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Spam & Phishing Email Warning (All Teachers)

16 replies, 8 voices Last updated by  Guest Teacher 2 weeks, 4 days ago
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  • #12004 Reply

    Phil Schneider
    Participant

    I was conatacted by someone with two adult children wanting tuition the final message was this

    I can only make the payment through my credit card at the moment. Oh and the private driver will be holding us down, he was unable to set up a merchant account and I want my kids to get their training started as soon as possible. I’d be glad if you could help me coordinate his payment of £1500, I don’t mind adding an extra £100 as tip. So I’ll be making a deposit of £1660 into your account. £60 for the job, £100 as tip, and £1500 for the driver. I’d really love it if you can send the money to the driver as soon as you get it, he will bring the kids to you just as soon as he gets it. Let me know when you are ready so I can send you my card details.

    the person may be making their way through music teachers any one had similar ?

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    Alan Tang
    Participant
    @Alan_Tang
    Points: 6

    I had a similar email a few years ago about a tip and excessive pay.
    I initially was quite surprised by the email and before I considered replying, the email was flagged up and identified as spam.

    More recently similar emails have been sent asking for lessons to start as early as possible.

    For me what is most noticeable about these is the terrible use of grammar and spelling mistakes that you see in the email. Mine is not brilliant but there is clear difference my errors and the emails written!

    #12008 Reply

    Matthew Rusk
    Keymaster
    @Matthew-Rusk

    Student Scam Email Warning! We have been getting enquiries like the one above. I wanted to highlight this to the community as this is a spam email. We are aware of “student scam” emails and I fear this is one of them. If you see an email enquiry like this one please do not reply. PM me if you want me to look over an email that you have been send directly if it is similar to this one.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  Matthew Rusk.
    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  Matthew Rusk.
    #12010 Reply

    Matthew Rusk
    Keymaster
    @Matthew-Rusk

    Eliza Jane Fyfe thanks for highlighting a similar spam email like the one above to me, I know you received a similar enquiry last week (attached below for the community).

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  Matthew Rusk.
    #12011 Reply

    Andrew Ford
    Participant
    @Andrew-Ford
    Points: 0

    Matthew Rusk at least they managed to match the names in their latest effort. I got this same one too.

    #12014 Reply

    Joe Bradley
    Participant
    @Joe_Bradley
    Points: 3

    I had this

    #12017 Reply

    Matthew Rusk
    Keymaster
    @Matthew-Rusk

    I would really agree with this observation. Also when the name of the email – which is quite often [email protected] isn’t the same as the name that the email is signed off with can be used as a small red flag. Put them together (1) generic and vague email (2) with poor grammar and spelling (3) where the email address and correspondents names are different should raise a large enough red flag to pause to assess whether it is a genuine enquiry.

    #12019 Reply

    Joseph Young
    Participant
    @Joseph-Young
    Points: 6

    This is the first one I got, seemed normal at first.

    #12021 Reply

    Joseph Young
    Participant
    @Joseph-Young
    Points: 6

    Then he followed up with this and I started to wonder. I realised after getting a second email from someone else with an identical story and googling ‘hearing impairment scam email’ what was going on.

    #12022 Reply

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
    Participant
    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 21

    creepy!

    #12023 Reply

    Joseph Young
    Participant
    @Joseph-Young
    Points: 6

    Eliza Jane Fyfe Indeed! I found this blog about it: https://www.mickmel.com/the-hearing-impaired-scam/

    #12024 Reply

    Matthew Rusk
    Keymaster
    @Matthew-Rusk

    Eliza Jane Fyfe that is a really odd email

    #12025 Reply

    Eliza Jane Fyfe
    Participant
    @Eliza-Fyfe
    Points: 21

    Wow that post! I want to play them

    #12027 Reply

    Matthew Rusk
    Keymaster
    @Matthew-Rusk

    I have been notified about another spam email – this one from an emailer called “Sheila Wilshire” please see attached. We have two emails from “her” that are copied word for word. Thanks to the teacher who PM me about this; we try and spot spam as it comes through but it is challenging to filter it all out. Do PM me if you are unsure 🙂

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  Matthew Rusk.
    #12028 Reply

    Joseph Young
    Participant
    @Joseph-Young
    Points: 6

    A reddit thread here with web designers who have been targeted by the same scam: https://www.reddit.com/r/web_design/comments/2zlip1/psa_if_you_get_an_email_from_someone_who_is/

    #12459 Reply

    Guest Teacher @

    I am getting a lot of spam coming in this weekend from the following “individual” – please watch out; it is a set email and certainly spam.

    The email says:

    ———- Forwarded message ———
    From: Williams B
    Date: Sat, 6 Apr 2019 at 20:51
    Subject: Private Guitar lessons
    To:

    Hi Andrew,

    This is Williams B and i would like to know if you do Guitar lessons?
    I intend booking a Private session for my teenagers and also if you do accept all major credit card?

    Looking forward to your respond..
    Williams

    Also had it from another email address using the same template email. If you have received this too please comment here – I want music teachers to stay safe out there!

    #12471 Reply

    Guest Teacher @

    Update on the enquiry above; I have had several more enquiries from this individual and have been able to capture the IP address. This has enabled me to trace the enquiry – it is from an individual based in Lagos, Nigeria. I will look into how we can report this to the authorities.

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