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Anonymous
Rossville, GA, United States
2014-04-01 12:26:17
Overpayment Scam
Craigslist (craiglist.com)
+2 Check Overpayment Scam for online tutorsEmail Attached
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Lydia Kinch (Fake Name)
Email Address:
   tranvfr@gmail.com
Received an email asking for a math tutor from a foreign mother for her daughter for two weeks time within the Orlando, FL region. This is considered a \"Check Check Overpayment Scam\". I Googled \"tutor scam\" and a ton of emails exactly the same popped up. It is in chopped English with biblical lines at the bottom of it to entice the tutor to buy into the scam. I just wanted to post it so it doesn\'t happen to anyone. I recognized the email right away.
Follow Ups/Extra Information. Most recent is listed first.
Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-04-02 18:08:49
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Lydia Kinch
Email Address:
   tranvfr@gmail.com
I already posted the details of my initial interaction with this woman. After I told her I didn't feel comfortable with the situation and would not be able to work with her daughter, she proceeds to send the following email. (Keep in mind, I had already given her my address.)

Scam Email
Thanks for your email and Everything will be fine This week.Just to Keep you Updated..I got a message from Usps and i was told they will email me the tracking number for the package that is sent you, so pls bear with me and waiting for your quick respond.. Best Regards

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-04-02 11:21:13
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Lydia Kinch
Email Address:
   tranvfr@gmail.com
I had posted an ad in the NYC Craiglist section for voice lessons, which included a link to my web site which had pricing information. The woman emailed me asking the price for lessons for 2 hours per day, 3 times per week for a month. I replied and said I would like to set up an initial free 30 minute consultation so I could assess her and figure out what would be the best plan for her. She declines the assessment and then proceeds to say it is for her daughter who is coming here for vacation for a couple of months, and she wants her daughter to have something to do during the day. She wanted her nanny to drop off her daughter.
When I left her with my contact information (and also asked for the information of the nanny), she said she would send me a cashier's check and that it would also include the nanny's fees too, which I would need to deduct. (Why not just write out a separate check to the nanny? And why would you trust a total stranger with your money?) She also said the nanny's fees would include the amount for the nanny to relocate to my area. She also mentioned it was her "client" who would be writing out the check to me, not she herself.
The more I learned of her, the more "off" this entire situation sounded. Then I came here and saw she was sending the same email to others.

Scam Email
Her first email said: Hello is the tutor available? Get back to me with the cost of 2 hour per day for three days in week for the whole a Month and email me the total cost .. contact me tranvfr@gmail.com to discuss further Thanks _____________________________________________________ Her 2nd email: Hello, Thanks for getting back to me and everything sound good to me, Am by name is Lydia Kinch and my daughter is Anita and she is 14 years old she will be coming for an holiday in your location , I want her to be busy in the time of the day,because am in CANADA for business trip i will be back in 2 months Time that is why i want her to be lesson, i have decided to let her attend your lesson and she will be coming 2 hour in a day in the Afternoon,also get back to me with your own convenient time and day you want my daughter to be coming in 3 days in a week and I have someone(Nanny) that will always drive her down to your house or lesson venue..I will be happy if you can help my daughter because my daughter is highly interested in your tutor lesson Also i will be paying you by certified bank check or cashier check and Kindly get back to me with your information below so that i can issued out the check to you Name to be on the check.......... Full contact Address(Not P.O.Box)....... City.......... State........... Zip Code............ Cell phone #............ Total Cost for 2weeks.......... Thanks and hope to read from you soon. Best Regards God is Love! 1 John 4:16 For God so Loved the World! John 3:16 I am the Way, the Truth and the Life...John 14:1-6 \"Smile and Dance to the song of life\" ___________________________________________________ Her 3rd email: Hello, Thanks for getting back to me...Am okay with you i will instruct my client to issue out the payment to you asap and for confirmation,More so i want to tell you that the Payment will come to you in excess payment which is over payment which included the nanny fees on the check am sending to you, because the nanny will need the rest money to relocate to your location with my daughter for the tutor lesson....Please as a good teacher i will want you to help me to handle this payment with care and with the instruction i gave to you when you receive the check....When the tutor start in two week time if you take good care of my daughter i will compensate you for another extra $100 for the tutor lesson of daughter.....As soon as you receive the payment you will deduct your own money for the tutor lesson of my daughter for the 1 month and you will have the rest money send to the nanny and the nanny information to send the rest money will email to you as soon as you receive the check.. i will instruct my client to issue out the payment to you asap. Hope i can trust you with my money and you will handle this for me? Thanks and God Bless You

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