Another reader sends in tutor scam

I received the following e-mail from Ben who noticed an ad on craigslist about someone needing an English tutor…

I didn’t fall for this scam, and it’s clearly a repeat or new take on an old theme, but here’s the email I got after replying to an ad asking for an english tutor on the Raleigh craigslist from (“John Williams”)


Thanks for the email,my son will be coming for a vacation in the U.S,and i want him to be busy throughout because he is a bit playful.I just want to know maybe he can always come to you and you can be his tutor so he can learn from you.I want my kid to partake for a tutorial class.He is just 15 yrs old,I have told him concerning the arrangement of the tutoring and he told me it is okey with him.I want you to know that i am going to pay for 1 month,which should be $50.00/hr(which i have in mind).And i am planning that you will be teaching him 3 times a week,which is 1hr per day,so get back to me with the total fee for the subject English language, when you will be available to teach him during the week ?

I also want to inform you that my son don’t live in the states, he live in Philippine. so my Son will be arriving the states on 10th of NOVEMBER 2008 then the tutorial class can start by 15th NOVEMBER.I want him to study more about what his needs to know while he is in the states. I will also like to inform you that my client in state will be sending you an Over-payment inform of Us money orders or Certified check for the lesson fee, and Also to inform you that i will be paying the Nanny that will be taking care of my son’s welfare while he is there forthe lesson, Please for the nature of your job and for the good relationship between Your self and my son i would want to entrust you with this money because am not presently in the States, i would have liked to take care of all this myself but since the payment would be coming to you from my

associates , i want you to please kindly be of help by cashing the money and deducting only your teaching fee and send the remaining fund to his Nanny/ Guardian / house keeper so my son can be in good health and well taken care of before my arrival. Regarding this, kindly send your full information to receive the payment so it can be made out to you on-time. I hope i can trust you to be a very good teacher for my Son’s good academics performance.I hope i can count on you for the tutorial and the money to be sent to the Guardian.

Please reply with

Full Name On Payment,

Full residential address,

Phone numbers and email address, so that one of my client can issue

the payment to you ASAP.

Best Regards,


Wow, this guy explains the whole scam up front. I’d like to know if some people from other countries actually do legitimate business using the third-party payment plan like this. Somehow I doubt it.

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