Scam alert for Martial Artists

Today I got another scam message (see the original below). I googled his name and found several warnings. I got a similar e-mail a year ago. First I thought it was too good to be true (warning bell 1), then the more I communicated the more warning bells I heard, but it seemed reasonable, until…

He wanted me to charge a credit card number for my salary plus their hotel, meals and expenses. He wanted me to do it very quickly and he prompted me to immediately give 60-70% of the money to his contact so he could pay for their hotel and expenses.

Now it was obvious it was a scam. He had stolen the credit card number, and if I had charged the credit card and given these 60-70% of the money to “his contact”, soon after the police would knock on my door and I would end up in jail, having problem explaining why I was so stupid.

So don’t fall for this, they might change name and everything so you won’t find it on Google. The message below is very general, it doesn’t mention my name, my club or even the art I train. Please be aware!

Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 02:57:19 +0000 (GMT)
From: Paul Howard
Subject: Training Classes
To: howardpaul713@yahoo.co.uk

Hello,

My name is Howard Paul. I want to book training services for a group of six who shall be on vacation to your country for 8weeks.We want an intensive training sessions with you. Their stay will last from Sept to October,2010.They are all beginners and six in number.What can you offer? Can I know your qualification and service rate? This program coincides with our vacation timetable and it is designed towards improving the mental and physical fitness by challenging ourselves beyond our capabilities. Our aim is to improve our confidence, gain self defense skills, increase fitness and enjoy new challenges.

Do you have a training facility where you conduct classes? if not,we can arrange one for it.
I would love to know the possibility of working with you during this period.Kindly get back to me with your proposals so that we can make booking asap.

Best regards.
Howard Paul
BCSSA,Egerton Training Ground,
Mereheath Lane,
Knutsford,
Cheshire, WA16 6SL,Uk

Here is a new one :-/

Hello,

My name is Robert Dickson, I want to book training services for a group of six who shall be on vacation to your country for 8weeks.We want an intensive training sessions with you. Their stay will last from May 2011.to July, 2011. They are all beginners and six in number. What can you offer? Can I know your qualification and service rate? This program coincides with our vacation timetable and it is designed towards improving the mental and physical fitness by challenging ourselves beyond our capabilities. Our aim is to improve our confidence, gain self defense skills, increase fitness and enjoy new challenges.

Do you have a training facility where you conduct classes? if not,we can arrange one for it. I would love to know the possibility of working with you during this period.Kindly. Kindly get back to me with your proposals so that we can make booking asap.

Best regards

Robert Dickson,
BCSSA,Egerton Training Ground
109-113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington,
London,UK, SW7 5LR