As most of you know, I provide individual training during the times that I am not working my day job or coaching one of my teams. This is typically pitching practice or hitting, or something specific that the child needs to improve. As such, I ran an ad on Craigslist to attract some more students. Instantly I was contacted by a gentleman that wanted to book 3 hours of my time a week for his son.
OK, all excited, I emailed him back. The weird thing is he said he was an engineer from Kentucky, stationed in Paris, France, yet he could barely communicate the language. RED FLAG! So, I played along. I responded, gave him a price and waited.
He replied that the price was fantastic! He wanted to book a month’s worth of lessons, but he needed my address, phone number, etc., to send a check. He was going to send a check for an additional amount because he wanted to make sure his son had spending money when he was in the states. I was to cash the check, take my amount, and wire the rest to his bank account. RIGHT!
This is the classic internet scam, only with quite a deceptive twist. I responded that I would not need the money now and that he can pay me at the first lesson, I have no problem with that. Think he will respond?
Obviously these scams must work, but have you ever heard of anyone falling for them? Please let us know.
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