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.
Also, one thing I’ve noticed–and I’m not sure if there is a correlation here–is that I get a large amount of profile views in the days prior to receiving one of these phony texts or e-mails. Perhaps the scammers are searching on a large scale, and maybe this can be some sort of alert to others.
I literally just received a text like this yesterday…
Next time something like this happens you could also request to get paid via paypal…it will have the same effect as cash. If no money get’s transferred to your account, then no deal. If they are serious about it, they will send you the money and this way you will avoid any direct contact with someone you do not know.
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!
This is the first I’m hearing of this – interesting thread of answers. Are they coming from some internet referral source? Unbelievable!