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Trying to Understand a Scam


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#1 LittleGreenDots

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Posted 16 December 2014 - 10:02 AM

I am a music teacher and recently posted an ad on Craigslist.  A day or so after posting, I got a suspicious txt msg on my phone (my phone number was included in the ad), one which I have received numerous times in the past.  It used to come to me as email but now I am getting text messages.

 

Here is the msg:

 

"Hello...How are you doing?  My name is Daniel Williams.  I want tutor lesson for my Daughter for a month she is 12.  I want you to calculate the cost of 2 hours per day for 3 days in a week for the whole Month and the total cost.  emauil me at swilllis514@gmail.com.  Thanks."

 

I can't figure why this person wants me to respond.  The number of hours a week for lessons is totally bogus.  I have taught hour lessons but never three hours.  The last time I got this msg, I emailed back that I wanted a phone number to talk to someone and the sender told me s/he had laryngitis. 

 

I did not respond but I do want to know what they are trying to get from me.

 

Thanks.

 

 

 



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Posted 16 December 2014 - 10:10 AM

have you tried calling the number that texted you?



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Posted 16 December 2014 - 11:08 AM

The wording has "Scam" written all over it.

1) "Hello - How are you doing?"  Why would they ask that?  Plenty of spam emails start off like that, it's supposed to look friendly but they couldn't give two hoots.

 how you are.

2) I want tutor lesson for my Daughter ..." Poor English.  Plenty of scam messages are written by people in countries such as India, China or Pakistan and they are hardly paid enough to get to 'work' each day (where they churn these messages out).

3) Why should YOU have to calculate the cost?  If you've published your hourly rate, then they can do that for themselves!

 

You probably don't have the number the text came from, but if you do, then do NOT respond.  Doing that will give them your phone number and advise them that your phone is working and that you answer all your texts.  This increases the value of your phone number, resulting in more scam texts going forward.

 

Incidentally, just Google this:

"My name is Daniel Williams" daughter

and follow some of the results you get ...


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Posted 16 December 2014 - 11:22 AM

For one possible explanation see the following:

The 7 Biggest Craigslist Scams

Scroll down to: Cell Phone Trickery

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Posted 16 December 2014 - 11:48 AM

ive had similar scams when listing my car for sale on craigslist 



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Posted 16 December 2014 - 12:14 PM

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Posted 16 December 2014 - 01:02 PM

I recently set up a Google+ business page and get calls a few times of week, telling me my Google profile is only have complete and for a one-time fee of $299, I can be assured that Google will include my information in their search engine.  I checked with people in the social media developing field and they said this is bull.  Last week I added my cell phone to the FDC no-call list and the last time I confronted one of these callers, they hung up on me.  They pretend they are from Google and tell me my business will not be included.  They are really annoying.  I can't tell if it's one place or this is a scamming network 



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Posted 16 December 2014 - 05:33 PM

I can't figure why this person wants me to respond. 

 

 

What they want from you is money.

 

If you answer with an amount, they will send you a money order/check with an amount higher than what you ask. Then they will come with an excuse, for example that they made a mistake and paid you too much. And if you would be so kind to send them the extra amount back, minus a fee for you to keep for the inconvenience. And after you gave them money, the money order/check they send you will bounce.

So in the end, you gave them money.

 

Or they will say they send you a money transfer from a foreign country (again, more than you ask), because they are abroad, but then the money order will be "blocked", and if you could be so kind to pay the "fee" to unblock the money transfer.


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