Several Martial Arts schools have reported receiving email from a person overseas seeking classes and hotel stays for a group of visitors to Vancouver. The messages are very similar, but come from completely different email addresses and senders. The message is usually of this format:

How are you doing today ? My name is name . I want to book classes with you.

I want to book training services for a group of six who shall be on vacation to your country for 5weeks.We want an intensive training sessions with you. Their stay will last from the last week of August to September,2010.They are all beginners and six in number .What can you offer? Can I know your qualification and service rate ?

Do you have a training facility where you conduct classes? if not,we can arrange one for the classes
I would love to know the possibility of working with you during this period.Kindly get back to me with your proposals so that we can make booking asap.

Your swift response is highly needed.

Best Regards,

Name
Address
London, UK

If you receive a message like this take heed. The address given is usually in London, and they are usually rather non-specific about the type of training they want to do. They don’t care what they’ll be learning — just anything will do!

The scam usually involves “booking” something for quite a large sum and then getting the instructor to cash a fraudulent cheque which is made out for more than the agreed upon amount of the lessons.

Be wary if they send you a cheque for more than the amount you negotiate and then ask for the difference back or ask you to send the difference to a third party such as a travel agent. More info about the scam here:

http://www.419scam.org/419-fraud-dance-teachers.htm

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