The following scam attempts to trick its victim into contacting the scammer, who will then attempt to trick the victim into providing their personal information to the scammer. While there are very few signs of scam for the initial email, the scammer will try to send the victim a fake cashier’s check if the victim is caught on the scammer’s hook. The cashier’s check will be for an amount greater than what is agreed upon, and the scammer will then proceed to ask for a “refund”, at which point the victim will have her money stolen. As a general best practice, we should never answer to unsolicited emails from unknown individuals. For more information on email and phishing scams, please contact the VCU helpIT center at 828-2227 or helpIT@vcu.edu.
From: “Bryan Jonathan” <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, November 1, 2014 7:46:57 PM
Subject: German Lessons
How are you doing today? My name is Bryan Jonathan. I came across your e-mail while surfing online for private lessons for my daughter, Debra. Debra is a 17 years old girl. She is ready to learn. I would like the lessons to be at your location. Kindly let me know your policy with regard to the fees,cancellations, location and make-up lessons. Also,get back to me with your area of specialization and any necessary information you think that might help.
The lessons can start by November 13th.
Looking forward reading from you.
My best regards,