One of the things I can do for work is teach music lessons. I have not been able to sustain a studio because I didn't have a place to teach lessons. I now have a place.
It started out normally enough. I got an email from a woman named Rose Magreth who wanted me to teach her daughter a series of lessons while she visited the US and then joined her in Frankfurt. She wanted to know what I could teach, how often, and seemed to be satisfied. It seemed OK.
And then it got weird.
She wanted to send a check to me for the full amount. In advance. No one ever does that. She then said she would include some extra money for me if I would just forward some to her agent in the US. Alarm bells went off.
I never thought that I would ever fall for an internet scam. I usually delete those lottery ones. They are becoming more sophisticated.
In the meantime, I reported the attempted fraud to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center. If something like this happens to you, please contact them at: http://www.ic3.gov/crimeschemes.aspx
If someone uses the mail to send you a fraudulent check (product, etc.) you can also report it to the Better Business Bureau, and even the U.S. Postal Inspection Service https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/ whose mission it is to investigate and prosecute mail-related crimes.
As it turns out, this scam is out there hitting music teachers everywhere. I'm hoping that since I actually fell for it at first, that the FBI can use me to sting the people here who are engaged in this. I'll let you know.
And by the way, I don't think she is in Frankfurt. I think she's actually in Nigeria. I don't know how much they can do to her there. I also think both of these are Rose Magreth on Facebook. Looks like the same person, but with different makeup. Punky Rose imma git you!
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