How to Spot a Scam

Saturday, June 13, 2009

New Tutor Scams to report

If you are a tutor and looking for work, be on the lookout for the following people:

Name: Dr. John Nettles

Name: Lisa Bruise

Name: Roland Johnson
Email: Unknown

Name: Venus Simpson
Email: Unknown


nasen75 said...

"John Nettles" is trying a new e-mail address which is a slight variation of his original, which is I just received an e-mail from him, and it's a good thing I read this blog before any business was conducted.

Ian D. said...

I got a couple messages from "Dr. John Nettles", but had a hard time believing anything, as the grammar was reminiscent of a lot of spamverts I've gotten in e-mails. Here's a copy of the 2 e-mails that were sent:

1) Hello,

I hope you are doing fine today..Can you pls let me know if you are able to give lessons my Son and how much it will cost for a minimum time of 3hrs per week.

Pls get back to me asap so as to proceed with the arrangement.


Dr. John

Honestly, what doctor goes by the name "Dr. John" and uses the shortened "Pls" in a message? I responded with a message stating my rates (which were already in the advertisement) and asking about their location, and got this e-mail:

2) Hi ,

Thanks for getting back to me and for your commitment..Just to introduce myself to you...I am Dr. John Nettles, a practicing doctor in Dentistry...I was born and raised in Marriottsville,Maryland but am currently based in Scotland,United Kingdom with my wife and children.

My Son will be coming for a Vacation in the States,and i want him to be busy with something gainful and productive.Therefore, i just want to know if he can always come to you and teach him great things on R&B music 3 times a week of 1hr lesson per day..If this is possible,i will want you to get back to me with the cost of you teaching him for a month which can start as soon as he arrives..

He will be in the states in very soon and will be coming to your Place for 1 hour each morning/afternoon or evening..I do have someone that will always drive him down to your Place,i mean a Nanny or perhaps you can as well come to him..

My Son's name is Alfred,he is 15 years old and he is just a beginner in Music. I will want you to calculate 1 hour per day for Monday,Wednesday,Friday or you can as well set 3 days that suites your availability for a MONTH,and get back to me so that we can arrange on payment.Kindly get back to me with..
Thanks and waiting to read from you soon.

Dr. John

Anonymous said...

I received almost an identical email about Tutoring his 16 yr old daughter "Mary" who is coming on vacation for a month. He gave his name as Michael White, said he was from UK but grew up here in States and had the email: On: Jan 01/24/10

Grammar was poor, words didn't make sense. I'm glad I checked thie scam alert before proceeding! Also found mention of Michael White who had fraud, assault, and other charges against him in UK last year. BEWARE!