[clug] [Fwd: Re: Dance private lesson] - scam-senses tingling!

David Tulloh david at tulloh.id.au
Thu Nov 20 07:31:52 GMT 2008

Paul Wayper wrote:
> Hi all,
> As some people on this list know, one of my other hobbies is teaching 
> Irish
> Set Dancing.  This is done in groups of four couples, as is clearly 
> explained
> on my web pages.  So you can see I might be a bit puzzled by the 
> following
> round of correspondence:
> - -8<---------------------
> Hello Teacher,
> Thanks for your email,I read your description and I am highly 
> impressed and
> interested in your lesson.My daughter is coming for an holiday pension 
> in your
> area,he is 18 yrs old
> - -8<-------------
> This to me is ringing all the bells of the classic money order cash-in 
> scam -
> the 'buyer' sends through a cheque or money order which takes some 
> days to
> complete, but 'realises' that it's for too much money, so asks you to 
> forward
> the remainder back to him via either money order or inter-bank 
> transfer.  By
> the time you find out that the money order is worthless, the money's 
> out of
> your account and the 'buyer' is suspiciously silent...
Ahh the extra money scam.  I've also heard of variants where they use 
stolen credit cards, bank accounts etc. to actually send you a pile of 
cash and then they ask you to 'refund' the extra.

The bad grammar seems like normal for a scam, the gender confusion was 
rather novel though.


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