Essentially, you receive out of the blue, an email purporting to concern a group of friends, or the writer’s child or
similar, who will be visiting the country and want to make use of your services. You are asked to quote for a block of lessons for this individual/s and to send your name and address as they need to pay in advance via cashier’s cheque.
The terms always seem generous and it comes across as a gig too good to miss!
The scam is that you will then be sent a cheque which is ‘accidentally’made out for substantially more than you have quoted for. The sender then requests that you refund the difference from your bank account . . . only for you to find that
your bank has refused to honour the cheque. Even worse, the bank may initially clear the funds only to discover later that the cheque is a fraud or has been
stolen in which case you will be held responsible and have to refund the whole
More information about cashier cheque scams can be found