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Anon.
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Posted on 01-12-2011 15:38
Does anyone have any advice on how to detect and deal with possible scams, from potential clients?

I was contacted by someone who claims to be overseas, and wants tutoring for his son. The person who contacted me wants to either mail me a check in advance or get permission to do a direct deposit to my account; moreover, he wants to include extra funds, from which I am to reimburse his son's guardian on his behalf. Finally, he states that his son is in 7th grade, but age 15. I think I smell a rat -- three rats.
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Michele Scott-Akanbi
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Posted on 15-12-2011 09:36
I have heard of this before. Its definately a scam
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Mary Ellen Edwards
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Posted on 19-03-2012 18:12
I decided I would add to this forum just because no one else has in the last year! What makes a good tutor? Someone who takes the job seriously, is prepared to present the best possible instruction and truly enjoys what they are doing. I want every tutor to be top notch because we are all judged by the impression of others.
I just wish I had more tutoring opportunities!smiley
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Anthony Bayer
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Posted on 08-05-2012 02:17
This is a variation on the motel scam. People make a booking and send you a bank draft for the payment. You carry out their instructions and bank the draft. Drafts can take several days to clear - more than a locally written cheque.

Once you confirm the instructions have been carried out, in this case, paid the money to your student's guardian, the sender lodges a report with their bank claiming their draft was stolen and did not reach the recipient. The draft is cancelled and you do not get the funds. In the meantime, you have disbursed the funds as requested and you lose that money.

The motel variant is where the sender books a certain number of nights but overpays several nights. He emails and asks for a refund to be sent back via Western Union. Once he gets the "refund" he also has the draft cancelled.
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Claire B
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Posted on 06-11-2013 22:50
I received the same email the other day. Definitely a scam.
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