Recently, we have been getting e-mail requests from “deaf” people, asking for a trainer for a group of their female relatives who will be arriving to me by taxi. The person requesting is never from the USA, and we know this is a scam. They are trying to give payment with phony means, then ask for a refund. When they get the refund, the original form of payment is declined, and the trainer is out the $. We would like to try and stop this charade. When we write back that these requests are being forwarded to the FBI, the chain of communication stops. Anyone else have a solution? I know that trainers are falling into this trap and losing big dollars.
This is my first time hearing about this and to be quite honest, I received a text message from someone with a New Jersey area code (I looked it up right away as soon as I got it). The person was looking to get training for their family but said instead of calling me because they were deaf, so they texted me instead. I paused and thought about it for a moment and then wrote them back as to how did they hear about me and I never heard anything from them again. Sorry to say, but, people are looking to hustle and scam anyone nowadays. I kinda figured something like this was fishy because the majority of leads I get come from emails and phone calls. With that said, I had the same thing happen via email, with someone saying that I was taking money from their account each month. I quickly forwarded the email to my bank’s fraud department. You have to be on your Ps and Qs at all times!