We had a thread about this topic a couple of months ago, but I couldn’t find it. It was a warning to fellow instructors / trainers to avoid the scam where the trainer gets an email request to train a group of foreign travelers. At the time, there was a bit of confusion regarding how the scam worked. This post was copied and pasted from another fitness form, that explains a little more about what the scam looks like and how it works.
Never make arrangements that involve giving your bank information or paying an overage or issue a refund before an original payment clears.
We had discussed a new Nigerian scam where you might get an email from a man who wants “private classes” for his whole family. They can contact you either via text or email. A lot of us ZINs are getting these emails. Do not fall for this and please reference this link for a little more info. Basically the scam is that they “overpay you” and say that you will send the overpayment back to their account. Their transaction never clears their bank and you will be on the hook for the money you tried to pay back in overpayment. I did not fall for this scam, but am still getting emails and texts. I am sending this out to all of you so that you will be aware of the scam before they try to contact you too.
I’ve gotten the fake texts many times and have ignored and deleted them.
Karin, how funny, I also got the one about the Italian model last year!! I was almost excited about that one because it seemed real. Until the cashier’s check part where they wanted me to take part of the money to pay the model’s photographers. Really?! That one ended quickly.
Such a shame….
thanks for the post. I had been getting that email, too, but just ignored even though I was wondering how it worked. I got something similar from an Italian model who targeted MELT instructors (and probably many others).