Massage therapists beware- email scams


Email Scams

If it is too good to be true, it is usually not true.

Massage Therapists are now reporting many email scams.  The general scheme is that the person wants to get massage for themselves or a friend who are traveling or will be traveling.  They sound very real and convincing so it is important to know what kinds of things are out there.  I seem to be getting one once a week or even more and will start posting some of them here.

There is also a good article on www.abmp.com that lists a few of the emails and also this bit of information on who to contact to report them. Reporting is crucial to help stop them.

If this has happened to you, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website, www.ftc.gov/ftc/consumer.htm, and click “File a Complaint” to fill out the form. You can also forward the offending e-mails to spam@uce.gov. In addition you can file a complaint at the Internet Crime Complaint Center’s website, http://www.ic3.gov/.

Here are some of the scams:

Hello,

How are you today? my name is Mrs Paolita Lussio, i live and work here in italy, i am 36yrs old. I have been doing massage since 1989.I do a deep relaxation massage in which the muscles relax without pain. I also do energy massage that helps people feel great when I am done. I am certified to do pregnancy massage. I have lots of happy clients here in italy. i have a client

Mr. Marcus Bravo , A model here in italy. He will be coming to state in three weeks time for a modeling job and he will be residing in Seattle, WA” temporarily until the neccesary arrangement for his modeling job has been made before he leaves, he will be needing good structural massage and muscles relaxation integration of 60 min session 3 days per week for One Month .

Mr. Marcus Bravo asked me to come with him to the state but i told him i would not be able to go with him to the state as i have a course i will be going for in a week time and because i dont do much about Structural massage and muscles relaxation integration . I promised to help him get a good structurist in your Area.

Pls tell me a little more about your self and your service, how long have you been doing structural massage integration? and would you be able to provide him structural and muscles relaxation when he arrived?

Pls i need you to get back to him with the amount you charge per session and also let me know if he can pay you via US Postal Money Orders or check before he arrived?

Pls send your reply to Mr Marcus Bravo to his personal email address (marcusbra1@yahoo.it ) Because he do check his mail frequently. Tell him i ask you to contact him okay, also tell him your session and charge for treatment,

Thank you very much and do have a nice day.

Mrs Paolita Lussio
Via Baracchini Flavio, 15
20123 Milano, Italy

____________________________________________________________________________________________

Hello,

I am Mr Damiel Vasquez,I want to book for some people coming for reiki treatment session in your place,They will be coming from London to your city on a vacation and would like to book for a reiki treatment session with you,They are six in number,They are wanting to add reiki treatment session as a part of their pass time during their vacation,I am just a local
person helping people book for therapy sessions

Please find the dates of arrival:
Date of Arrival:10th September 2010
starting date:12th September 2010
End of treatment:20th September 2010.

Please send me the cost for the reiki treatment session with you for the
mentioned date and for the number of person so i can communicate it
with the sponsors and guests.

Do get back to me soon.

Regards
Damiel Vasquez.
damiel.vasquez1@yahoo.co.uk
+44 7035 9999 30

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Subject: Enquiry for Massage Therapist

Greetings from Milan ,

My name is Mr Roberto, I live and work as a massage therapist here in Italy . I am 46 yrs old. I have been doing massage since 1991. I do a deep relaxation massage in which the muscles relax without pain. I also do energy massage that helps people feel great when I am done. I am also certified to do pregnancy massage. I have lots of happy clients here in italy .

I have been looking for a massage therapist for over a week now till i met an old friend yesterday that referred you to me, her name is Serah. She used to live in America before she relocated here with her family, so i decided to contact you to know if you will be able to give my client some massage sessions when she arrives the US.

My clients name is Ms Picchi, Shes is a model here in Italy . She will be coming to the U.S in 2 weeks time for a modeling job and will be residing in Iowa temporarily until the neccesary arrangement for her job has been made before she leaves. She will be needing 1hr massage session per day, 2 Sessions per week for 6 weeks when she arrives.

Ms Picchi asked me to come with her to the US but i told her i would not be able to go with her to the US as i have a course i will be going for in a week time, so i promised to help her find a good massage therapist in your Area.

Pls tell me a little more about your self, how long have you been a massage therapist? Would you be able to provide her with the massage sessions from the 25th of this month to the 6th of December, 2 Sessions per week for 6 weeks?

Pls i need you to get back to me with the amount you charge per session and also let me know if she can pay you with a Certified check drawn from a US bank?

Do send your reply to my personal email address { @yahoo.it } for a quick response as i do not check this email always.

Till I read from you remain blessed.

Roberto B
712 Via Mercato,
1,26129
Milano Italy

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

If you receive a email that is a scam, please share it in the comments section and report it to the authorities.  Do not accept the check or money.  Do not try to set up the appointments for the massage.  Contact your local attorney generals office too.

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  1. says

    Hi Julie,
    I just got one very similar to the first letter you have posted. It is supposedly from a LMT in Italy and her client is a model. She is supposedly coming to Columbus. Any time someone asks for a lot of info. and then tries to get you to take a bank check to cash is definitely a scam. Those happen in all fields. They are preying on people who are desparate for money by offering work. I just happened to be in a check cashing place one time when a young girl came in and tried to cash one of those checks. Luckily the manager was smart enough to catch it and she actually called the guy who was trying to do the scam. It’s not the first one of those kind of e-mails I have gotten.

  2. says

    Earmarks of a Scam. The more items present in the email, the greater the chance that it is a scam

    1) Flattery – “you are the best” “You were referred to me”
    2) Urgency/Emotional Appeal – “contact me/them right away” “I/he/she will be visiting soon”. The person is in a great deal of pain and only you can help them.
    3) Greed Appeal – requiring sessions 2 to 3 hours each week for a month (you mentally are saying “ch-ching! $$$)
    4) Allude to Wealth – “my client is from a wealthy family” or client is a jet setting model
    5) Advance Payment – This is the biggist RED FLAG! If you’ve gone this far the next step is – They offer to send you a check in advance. It will look real and it will be for MORE than the amount agreed upon. You will be asked to cash the check and wire the “overage” back to them. The check will bounce after you’ve wired the money. You are now on the hook for the entire amount – you’ll never hear from the emailer again (at least not by the same name).

    Other twists: the emailer my pose as a professional, a religious person, or other person of authority that many of us are taught to trust.

  3. says

    Here are a few more recent ones;

    Good Day,

    My Name is Robert Packer, from Scotland.I want to make inquiry on your Massage and Acupuncture therapy for 8 athletes that will be coming over to your country for a 3 weeks training tour in your area.

    We will require a total of 18 massage appointments and 9 accupuncture treatments for each of the athletes within those dates. do you have availability for us ?

    Bellow are details of the reservation:

    * Arrival Date: 23rd of January to 12th of February 2012
    * Time: evening appointments from 3pm, Mondays through Saturdays
    * Number of guest: 8 adults (3 female & 6 male athletes) within the age of 22-36yrs.

    Kindly get back to me with details on availabilities and TOTAL COST for the booking of the 18 massage appointments for each athlets,so we can secure the booking with a deposit.hope you accept CREDIT CARD payments? I await your prompt response.

    Regards,

    Robert Packer
    robertp702@yahoo.co.uk

    and this one:

    Greetings,
    I found your contact after a brief search for a Massage Theraphists on the internet and I therefore use this channel to request if you will be available to offer 3days of 90Mins Massage Service to me and my wife. My name is Ben and my wife’s name is Janet, we live and work as textiles suppliers in United Kingdom and we will be visiting the State of Washington in United States on the 10th of February, 2012.

    February 10th, February 17th and February 24th,2012 are our preferred massage dates and morning session between 9am & 12pm will be fine for us,but if this time is not available, then period from 5pm upward will make a good alternative.

    Moreover if there is any of the quoted dates/times that is not available,please let me know and possibly furnish me with alternative dates/times.We can on each day do the sessions back to back(i.e one after the other) OR at the same time if you have another therapist working with you. Alternatively I can have my own massage in the morning and the one for my wife comes later in the day. We do not have any medical issues whatsoever and we have received massage services several times in the past .

    Kindly answer the following questions if you are available for the service required.

    What is your address location in Washington so as to estimate our proximity to you ?

    How many years of experience do you have in this career?

    I look forward to your prompt response.

    Regards,
    Ben Raes

  4. sharon says

    Here is another one i got today….

    On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 5:23 PM, Wayne Packer wrote:

    Hello,

    My Name is Wayne Packer, from Scotland.I want to make inquiry on your Massage and Acupuncture therapy for 8 athletes that will be coming over to your country for a 3 weeks training tour in your area.

    We will require 18 massage appointments for each athlete and 9 accupuncture therapies. the acupuncture appointments will be held three times per week/athlete. do you have availability for us ?

    Bellow are details of the reservation:

    * Arrival Date: 23rd of January to 12th of February 2012
    * Time: evening appointments from 3pm, Mondays through Saturdays
    * Number of guest: 8 adults (3 females & 5 male athletes) within the age of 22-36yrs.

    Kindly advice details on availabilities and the total cost for the group booking of the 18 massage/9 acupuncture therapy for each athlets,so we can secure the booking with a deposit.hope you accept CREDIT CARD payments? I await your prompt response.

    Regards,

    Wayne Packer
    wpacker700@yahoo.ca

  5. says

    Here is the one I got today:

    Eric Glenn ericglennmanf@msn.com
    replyto ericglennb2k@rocketmail.com

    Greetings,

    I want to book for 2 weeks checkups, 1 or 2 hours each day Monday to Friday (morning or evening hours) for a group of 10. We will be coming for a one month vacation/holiday from 25th January 2012 and in line with our plans we will require 2 weeks Holistic Natural therapies to help maintain healthy body due to the nature of our job and also to make our stay fun.

    The checkups should basically be a general wellness experience for my group, please let me know specifically the type/s of therapies your clinic offers so i can finalize arrangements with my group and get back to you with more clear and specific details. Also confirm if you can arrange a one on one therapies for us or if its better in group

    Awaits your email.

    Eric Glenn

  6. Petra Peterse-Bras says

    I did receive the exact same email as Julie did.I responded and received the following back:

    Get back to me with details.

    Hello ,

    Thanks for the update. we are currently developing new talents on sprinting, field/track events and badminton. we will be on a training tour in your area within the month of January/February and will be taking all appointments in your clinic. hope you can accommodate them?

    Each of the athletes will require a total 18 massage appointments. can you handle the massages? all appointments will be from 2pm each day, 60 minutes massage per athlete.

    kindly get back to me with details on availability and total cost for the group booking so we can secure the booking with a deposit. kindly include the types of credit cards you accept payment so we can proceed with arrangements.

    Regards,

    Packer.

    Subject: RE: Massage appointments.
    To: robertp702@yahoo.co.uk
    Date: Friday, 9 December, 2011, 14:49
    Hello Robert,

    Thank you for your email. I was wondering what kind of sports the athletes
    are performing? And where in the Netherlands will the training tour take
    place and where will the athletes stay?

    The massages that I can provide are sport massages and chair massages. I do
    know somebody that can give trigger point massages or shiatsu massages.
    Furthermore I would like to know whether you would like all 8 adults to have
    an hour massage of half an hour, if they all have the massage each day
    except Sunday, if it’s okay when the massages are given by different people at different locations?

    The costs are depending on the answers given on the questions above.

    Regards,

    Petra Peterse-Bras

    —–Oorspronkelijk bericht—–
    Van: Robert Packer [mailto:robertp702@yahoo.co.uk ]
    Verzonden: donderdag 1 december 2011 10:08
    Onderwerp: Massage appointments.

    Good Day,

    My Name is Robert Packer, from Scotland.I want to make inquiry on your
    Massage and Acupuncture therapy for 8 athletes that will be coming over to
    your country for a 3 weeks training tour in your area.

    We will require a total of 18 massage appointments and 9 accupuncture
    treatments for each of the athletes within those dates. do you have
    availability for us ?

    Bellow are details of the reservation:

    * Arrival Date: 23rd of January to 12th of February 2012
    * Time: evening appointments from 3pm, Mondays through Saturdays
    * Number of guest: 8 adults (3 female & 6 male athletes) within the age of
    22-36yrs.

    Kindly get back to me with details on availabilities and TOTAL COST for the
    booking of the 18 massage appointments for each athlets,so we can secure the
    booking with a deposit.hope you accept CREDIT CARD payments? I await your
    prompt response.

    Regards,

    Robert Packer
    robertp702@yahoo.co.uk

  7. Terence Hamilton says

    Same mail for me on 17 Jan 12 for me in Switzerland.

    Mr Packer is a busy boy and credit to him on his ability to use Google!

    Different email address this time
    robertpk700@att.net

  8. Antonio says

    Same email, maybe its a whole family of Waines and Robers paker traveling the world with atletes… if all the scam emails i received since started practicing were real id be rich by now.
    He seems to have a new email.

    Good Day,

    My Name is Robert Packer, from Scotland.I want to make inquiry on your Massage therapy for 8 athletes that will be coming over to your country for a 3 weeks training tour in your area.

    We are currently developing new talents on sprinting,badminton and other field events. we will be on a training tour in your area during the month of January/Fabruary and will require 12 massage appointments for each of the athletes in your clinic during those dates .do you have availability for us ?

    Bellow are details of the reservation:

    a) Arrival Date: 27 of February to 12th of March 2012
    b) Time: from 2pm each day,Tuesdays through Saturdays
    c) Number of guest: 8 adults (3 females & 5 male athletes) within the age of 22-36yrs.

    Get back to me with details on availabilities and the total cost for the group booking of the 12 massage appointments for each athlets and the types of CREDIT CARDS you accept for payment so we can secure the booking with a deposit.I await your prompt response.

    Regards,

    Robert Packer
    robertpk700@att.net

  9. says

    Another variation…

    From: mark133parker@msn.com
    To: markparkermails@yahoo.com
    Subject: Inquiry
    Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 22:18:41 +0000

    Greetings,

    I want to book for 2 weeks checkups and counseling, 1 or 2 hours each day Monday to Friday (morning or evening hours) for a group of 10. We will be coming for a one month vacation/holiday in your country from 21th May 2012 and in line with our plans we will require 2 weeks Natural Therapy/acupuncture to help maintain healthy body due to the nature of our job and also to make our stay fun. The checkups and counseling should basically be on acupuncture.

    Please let me know if your clinic can handle this for us and get back to me with requirements to enable me contact you with more clarifications. Also confirm if you can arrange a one on one checkups and counseling for us or if its better in group.

    Await your email,
    markparkermails@yahoo.com

  10. says

    On Mar 6, 2012 10:09 PM, “Mark Parker” wrote:
    >
    > Greetings,
    >
    > I want to book for 2 weeks Yoga classes, 1 or 2 hours each day Monday to Friday (morning or evening hours) for a group of 10. We will be coming for a one month vacation/holiday in your country from 21th May 2012 and in line with our plans we will require 3 weeks yoga classes to help maintain healthy body due to the nature of our job and also to make our stay fun.
    >
    > Please let me know if your place can handle this for us and get back to me with requirements to enable me contact you with more clarifications. Also confirm if you can arrange a one on one counseling for us or if its better in group.
    >
    > Await your email,
    >
    > Mark Parker
    > markparkermail@ymail.com

  11. says

    Hi! I received an initial email on 2/16/2012 which looked suspicious, so I did not respond.

    “How are you doing? I am Dr Fred Kelvin of JEM Foundation, i’m contacting you based on the availability of your services. I will like to know if you have the availability for April 11th, 12th, 13th 2012 as i will be bringing 9 Delegates for your services. Kindly Specify the services you offer and let me know the how many Delegates you can handle daily, The Spacing between the delegates as when you can handle each within 3 dates,
    And the time for treatment.Also what kind of cards do you accept for payment?I expect to hear from you soon and will get back to you immediately.

    Best Regards,
    Dr Fred Kelvin
    Email: drfredkelvin@gms.us
    Director of Staff welfare
    JEM FOUNDATION”

    The same gentleman sent me a second email on the same day which was pretty much the same email except for the Email address was slightly different. (gmx.us instead of gms.us)

    “Best Regards,
    Dr Fred Kelvin
    Email: drfredkelvin@gmx.us
    Director of Staff welfare
    JEM FOUNDATION”

    Today, I received another email from a different “DR.” whose text was very similar to Dr. Fred Kelvin. Coincidentally, using the same first name.

    “Hello,
    I hope this mail met you in good condition; I am Dr. Fredrick Brooke, the director of Staff welfare, Ancient Greek Theatre. I will like to make inquiries and availability on your services for April 25th, 26th, 27th 2012. Some of my delegates would be coming for treatments on sessions. Kindly send me your treatment menu or your catalogue for them to choose which of your services is preferred.
    Also I will like to know the number of person that can receive treatment per day and also to confirm your best time. Likewise, I want you to know my term of payment is via credit card to cover their treatment.
    I will appreciate it if you can get back to me in time with substantial Information regarding my request by attaching or sending me the spa menu along with mode of payments.. Kindly confirm as per above

    Fredrick Brooke
    Director of Staff welfare
    Ancient Greek Theatre
    40 Wyndham Crescent
    Canton, Cardiff
    CF11 9EH
    Email: lordfredb2@cafuc.net

    I had already forwarded all three of these emails to the spam email address you listed above.

    Brie Storz

  12. lhqz says

    After receiving similar emails from busy boy “Packer” about athletes coming in town from UK, I relied with caution. This is what I received today, I laughed and forwarded it to spam@uce.gov .

    On Thu, 3/22/12, Shawn Packer wrote:

    Hello ,
    Thanks for your reply. I am glad to let you know that the cost and conditions of the booking has been accepted by the Team, as such, we wish to make a deposit payment to secure the appointments. I will send you our credit card details for you to process the payment, so we can proceed with other arrangements for our trip.

    Furthermore, we have arranged with a Translator who will be assisting some of the athletes that will be coming from Spain and Asia to associate during our training,also he will be providing them with other necessary travel logistics for the trip. Due to the trust reposed on your company,and the fact that the translator dose not have the facility to accept credit card payments,i am requesting that you assist in processing the total amount for your services and that of the Translators from our credit cards.

    Sequel to this, i will sending you our credit card details for the payments. as soon as you receive the details, you are requested to process the total amount of $6924.80, then deduct $874.80 as deposit amount for the booking of the appointments,and send the balance of $6050.00 to the Translator as soon as the funds clears your account. all checks and balance of our booking with you will be completed before our arrival. note that all taxes to be accrued by this transaction will be billed to us, so you dont have to pay extra taxes on the transaction.

    Kindly confirm the above arrangements and provide me with the bellow information so i can call you directly for proceed on the payments.

    * Your full Name:
    * Phone Numbers.
    * Contact Address:

    Please note that this booking requires a prompt response. I expect your expert services.

    Kind Regards,

    Shawn Packer
    (44)7024033092

  13. Fran says

    Here is the one I got and thank goodness I have read this thread because I was going to go through with it!

    Hello,

    My Name is Mr Frank Bale, from Scotland.I want to make inquiry on your Massage and Acupuncture therapy for 8 athletes that will be coming over to your country for a 3 weeks training tour in your area. We will require 9 massage appointments for each athlete.do you have availability for us ?

    Bellow are details of the reservation:

    * Arrival Date: 30th of May to 23rd of June 2012
    * Time: evening appointments from 3pm, Mondays through Saturdays
    * Number of guest: 8 adults (3 females & 5 male athletes) within the age of 22-36yrs.

    Kindly advice details on availabilities and the total cost for the group booking of 72 massage appointments for the athletes,so we can secure the booking with a part payment.hope you accept CREDIT CARD payments? I await you

    I await your prompt response.

    Regards,

    Mr Frank Bale
    frank_bale@ymail.com
    13 Castle Street,
    Edinburgh, EH2 3DN

  14. Traci Cyr says

    I just got this one and almost went through with it, good thing

    Good day,

    My Name is Edward Packer, from Wales, UK. I want to make inquiry on your Massage therapy appointments for 6 Sprinters that will be coming to your country for a 3 weeks training tour in your area.

    We will require 60 minutes massage appointments for each athlete on those dates.appointments will be held three times per week/athlete. we will be booking a total 54 appointmets in your clinic within those period of our stay.do you have availability for us ?

    Bellow are a brief detail of the reservation:

    * Arrival Date: 21st of May to 10th of June 2012
    * Time: evening appointments from 3pm, Mondays,Fridays and Saturdays
    * Number of guest: 6 adults (2 females & 4 male athletes) within the age of 22-31yrs.

    Kindly advice details on availabilities,total cost for the group booking of the appointments and the types of credit cards you accept for payments,so we can secure the booking with a part payment.I await your prompt response.

    Regards,

    Edward Packer

  15. glenn says

    wow Mr Packer sure gets around, he’s also coming to Australia…

    the first email was like this, and then after i had responded i received the second one:
    #1

    Good day,

    My Name is Robert Packer, from Wales, UK. I want to make inquiry on your Massage therapy appointments for 7 Sprinters that will be coming to your country for a 3 weeks training tour in your area.

    We will require 60 minutes massage appointments for each athlete on those dates.appointments will be held three times per week/athlete. we will be booking a total 63 appointments in your clinic within the 3 weeks period of our stay.do you have availability for us ?

    Bellow are a brief detail of the reservation:

    * Arrival Date: 29Th of May to 18Th of June 2012
    * Time: evening appointments from 3pm, Mondays,Fridays and Saturdays
    * Number of guest: 7 adults (3 females & 4 male athletes) within the age of 22-31yrs.

    Kindly get back to me with details on availabilities,total cost for the group booking of the appointments and the types of credit cards you accept for payment,so we can secure the appointments with a deposit.I await your prompt response.

    Regards,

    Robert Packer
    robertpk7@att.net

    then i received this

    #2

    Hello Glenn,

    Thanks for your reply. I am glad to let you know that the cost and conditions of the booking has been accepted by the Team, as such, we wish to make a deposit payment to secure the appointments. I will send you our credit card details for you to process the payment, so we can proceed with other arrangements for our trip.

    Furthermore, we have arranged with a Translator who will be assisting some of the athletes that will be coming from Spain and Asia to associate during our training,also he will be providing them with other necessary travel logistics for the trip. Due to the trust reposed on your company,and the fact that the translator dose not have the facility to accept credit card payments,i am requesting that you assist in processing the total amount for your services and that of the Translators from our credit cards.

    Sequel to this, i will sending you our credit card details for the payments. as soon as you receive the details, you are requested to process the total amount of $10820.00, then deduct $3000.00 as deposit amount for the booking of the appointments,and send the balance of $7820.00 to the Translator as soon as the funds clears your account. all checks and balance of our booking with you will be completed before our arrival. note that all taxes to be accrued by this transaction will be billed to us, so you dont have to pay extra taxes on the transaction.

    Kindly confirm the above arrangements and provide me with the bellow information so i can call you directly for proceed on the payments.

    * Your full Name:
    * Phone Numbers.
    * Contact Address:

    Please note that this booking requires a prompt response. I expect your expert services.

    Regards,

    Robert Packer
    (44)7024033092

  16. Angela says

    Just received this one and was not aware of the scams. Repliec back to him and have included his second email:

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Evans Max [mailto:evans.max34@yahoo.com]
    Sent: May-11-12 10:23 AM
    Subject: INQUIRY FOR THERAPY APPOINTMENTS

    Dear,
    INQUIRY FOR THERAPY APPOINTMENTS

    I would like to book massage therapy appointments for 4-clients arriving
    from the United-Kingdom on vacation. They will arrive to your region on the
    24th June and depart 22nd July, 2012.

    Send me in a reply the total cost for the entire appointments.

    Can you schedule each person for appointments twice a week for 4-weeks, in
    between the period of their stay?

    Your advice on price and availability will be highly regarded.

    Kind Regards,
    Evans Max
    …………………………………………………………..
    Second email:

    Hello Dear,
    Thanks for your email and how are you doing today?Thia is to inform you we need a Swedish massage therapy.
    The group will appreciate if you make a reduction in the price .Then calculate and get back to me with total cost of your services and the tax, so as to advance by booking the massage appointments in your practice, 60mins/session for each member of the group.The suggested dates are listed below, and they will prefer the sessions to be 2-persons in the morning hours 10.00a.m and the other 2-persons in the Afternoon hours 3.00pm.
    Mon – 26th June, 2012
    Thursday – 29th July, 2012
    Tuesday – 3rd July, 2012
    Friday – 6th July, 2012
    Tue – 10th July, 2012
    Friday – 13th July, 2012
    Monday – 16th July, 2012
    Friday – 20th July, 2012
    Do you have a POS terminal for credit-card advance payments?

    Confirm the suggested dates and get back to me soonest.
    Regards,
    Evans Max

    34b vicarage groove,

    Camberll ,se5 7ly
    London

  17. says

    Here’s one I received today 29/5/12
    Do tell me if it is genuine though, I could do with the cash ;)

    INQUIRY FOR MASSAGE THERAPY APPOINTMENTS.

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I would like to book for Massage Therapy Appointments for 4-clients arriving to your region on vacation. They will arrive to your region on the 24th August and depart 22nd September, 2012.

    Can you schedule each person for appointments twice a week for 4-weeks, in between the period of their stay?

    Your advice on price and availability will be highly regarded.

    The suggested dates are listed below, and they will prefer the sessions to be 2-persons in the morning hours 10.00a.m and the other 2-persons in the Afternoon hours 3.00pm.

    – 24th August, 2012
    – 29th August, 2012
    – 31st August, 2012
    – 5th September, 2012
    –7th September, 2012
    – 12th September, 2012
    – 14th September, 2012
    – 21st September, 2012

    Kindly send me the total cost for the whole period and do get back to me immediately for urgent payment.

    Do you have a POS terminal for credit-card advance payments?

    Confirm the suggested dates and get back to me
    soonest.

    Freeman,
    31-33 Guildhall Street,
    Bury St Edminds, Suffolk IP33 1QD ,
    United Kingdom

  18. says

    They’re coming to NZ now too! I just found this in my spam folder, and felt bad I hadn’t replied. Then thought it sounded a bit fishy:

    From: frank_bale@ymail.com [mailto:frank_bale@ymail.com]
    Sent: Sunday, 27 May 2012 12:45 a.m.
    To: rachel@bodyworksmassage.co.nz
    Subject: inquiry on your Massage and Acupuncture

    Hello, My Name is Mr Frank Bale, from Scotland.I want to make inquiry on your Massage and Acupuncture therapy for 8 athletes that will be coming over to your country for a 3 weeks training tour in your area. We will require 9 massage appointments for each athlete.do you have availability for us ? Below are details of the reservation: * Arrival Date: 30th of June to 23rd of July 2012 * Time: evening appointments from 3pm, Mondays through Saturdays * Number of guest: 8 adults (3 females & 5 male athletes) within the age of 22-36yrs. Kindly advice details on availabilities and the total cost for the group booking of 72 massage appointments for the athletes,so we can secure the booking with a part payment.hope you accept CREDIT CARD payments? I await you I await your prompt response. Regards, Mr Frank Bale frank_bale@ymail.com
    From: Mr Frank Bale
    Email: frank_bale@ymail.com
    Phone: 71827777278

  19. J says

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Edward Packer [mailto:edwardpk@att.net]
    Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2012 3:46 AM
    To: Virgin Traders
    Subject: Yacht booking

    Good day,

    My Name is Edward Packer from Wales,UK. I want to make a Yacht booking for 6 of my colleagues that will be coming to your country for a 7 days Cruise vacation. we would like to know if you can organize a cruise tour package for us while on vacation in your country.

    Bellow are details of the booking:

    ARRIVAL DATE: 23rd to 29th of July 2012 DURATION OF STAY: one week NUMBER OF GUST: 6 adults

    We will require a confortable luxery yacht,a Catamaran or a motor boat with a skipper for those dates.kindly get back to me with details on availabilities on those dates,total cost for the one week booking of the yacht and the types of credit cards you accept for payment so we can secure the booking.

    Regards,

    Edward Packer
    14 Monthermer Road Cathays
    Cardiff, CF24 4QW

  20. says

    Hello all,

    I’m from Italy and got this on my personal page about Reiki this today. Supposedly another scam.

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I write to confirm the possibility of having treatment sessions with you during the period we will be staying in your area for our vacation period. I got your address from the internet while searching for a competent therapy center that will hold these sessions for us.

    The patients are 4 persons from Northern Ireland coming for vacation in your area and have shown interest in having this sessions with you, I would like to know if it would be possible for you to hold the sessions with us for the following periods;

    Session starting date: 4th September 2012
    Session ending date: 8th September 2012
    Duration of the session: 5 days
    Number of patients: 4 persons(adults)
    Time of each session per person: 60 minutes
    Total time of sessions per the 4 persons per day: 240 minutes per day (4 hours)

    Please state the TYPES OF TREATMENT SESSIONS YOUR CLINIC PROVIDES AND THE RATES, so that we will decide on the type of treatment that best suits us.
    In case there are no available space within this period 05/09/2012 – 12/09/2012 do not hesitate to get back to me with the free dates.

    Thanks for your anticipated co-operations.

    Yours sincerely,
    Prof. Philip Muller
    129 Hillsborough Road
    Lisburn
    BT28 1LA
    Northern Ireland
    UK.
    TEL: 00(44) 7879147109
    philip.mullerservices@gmail.com

  21. says

    I received this and carried on quite a back and forth with this guy til that “feeling” came over me.
    I found your website and I thank you VERY much for the info. I have forwarded the 5 e-mails we conversed on to the gov website.
    Thanks again!
    This was the first one that was sent to our website:

    Good Day, My Name is Frank Bale.I want to book for a 60 minutes Bowen session for 8 athletes that will be coming over to your country for a three weeks training tour in your area. The athletes are all sprinters and will require Bowen therapeutic treatments that will help reduce strain,improve physical fitness and enhance movement for the athletes.do you have availability for us? Bellow are details of the reservation: *Date:appointments will start on the 26th of August to the 15th of September 2012 *Time:evening appointments from 2pm on Mondays,Wednesdays,Fridays & Saturdays *Number of athletes: 8 adults (3 females & 5 male athletes) within the age of 22-31yrs. Kindly advice details on availability and the total cost for the group booking of 12 appointments for each athletes,so that we can secure the booking with a deposit payment.hope you accept credit card payments? I await your prompt response. Regards, Frank Bale frank_bale@ymail.com

  22. Carol Allison says

    Here is my latest!

    Changi Wong securchangi@msn.com

    8:27 AM (11 hours ago)

    to securchangi
    Greetings,

    We wish to inquire about your Holistic services, I want to book for 2 weeks therapy, 1 or 2 hours each day Monday to Friday (morning or evening hours) for a group of 10. We will be coming for a one month vacation/holiday from 21th Nov. 2012 and in line with our plans we will require 2 weeks Holistic therapies to help maintain healthy body due to the nature of our job and also to make our stay fun.

    The checkups should basically be an Holistic experience for my group, please get back to me with the required information below so i can finalize arrangements with my group and get back to you with more clear and specific details.

    Type of therapies you offer:
    Best arranged in (group/individual):
    Confirm availability for the required date:
    Types of credit cards accepted:

    Awaits your email.

  23. Marion Leaman says

    I am a Speech Language Pathologist and have received a similar letter, that was very specific, requesting therapy for a gentleman with Parkinson’s Disease who would be visiting from Hong Kong for “advanced medical treatment” in the U.S. — this was very specific to me, as I specialize in Parkinson’s. It appeared very suspicious & I responded with a general statement, 2 days later I received a follow-up email which was also odd, requesting a specific date for the appointment and a request to know my fee. I responded by asking for further information, including which hospital and dr. he would be seeking medical treatment withw (because, wouldn’t THEY set up speech therapy for him) — this scared them off & haven’t heard back since.

  24. Sheri Beth Schafer says

    Hello,

    My Name is Mr Frank Bale, from Ireland. I want to make inquiry on your Massage and Acupuncture therapy for 8 athletes that will be coming over to your country for a 3 weeks training tour in your area. We will require 9 massage appointments for each athlete. Do you have availability for us ?

    Below are details of the reservation:

    * Arrival Date: 2nd of February to 23rd of February 2013
    * Time: evening appointments from 3pm, Mondays through Saturdays
    * Number of guest: 8 adults (3 females & 5 male athletes) within the age of 22-36yrs.

    Kindly advice details on availabilities and the total cost for the group booking of 72 massage appointments for the athletes,so we can secure the booking with a part payment.hope you accept CREDIT CARD payments?

    I await your prompt response.
    Regards,

    Mr Frank Bale

  25. MT says

    I got this email on December 28, 2012. The fraudster actually stole and impersonated a real massage therapist’s identity but the contacts are changed:

    From: “Robert Morrissey. MSI . RMT. CPT”
    return email: robertoaudrey12@hotmail.com
    Subject: Massage Sessions Enquiry Date: Fri, Dec 28, 2012 8:40 AM

    Greetings from Victoria, Melbourne!!

    My name is Robert Morrissey I live and work as a massage therapist here in Sydney, I am 49yrs old, Am originally from milan italy. I have been doing massage since 1991. I do deep relaxation massage in which the muscles relax without pain. I also do energy massage that helps people feel great when I am done. I am also certified to do pregnancy massage. I have lots of happy clients here in Sydney.

    I have been looking for a Massage therapist for over a week now till i met an old friend yesterday that referred you to me, so i decided to contact you to know if you will be able give my client some massage sessions, My client’s name is Ms Rachel Leese, A model here in Melbourne, who will be needing some Massage sessions when she arrives the States, She will be coming to the U.S in 2 weeks time for a modeling job and will be residing in your Area temporarily until the necessary arrangement for her job has been made before she leaves.

    She will be needing 1hr Massage session per day, 3 Sessions per week for 6 weeks. Ms Leese, asked me to come with her to America but i told her i would not be able to go with her as i have a course i will be going for in a week time, so i promised to help her get a good Massage therapist in your Area.

    Pls tell me a little more about your self, how long have you been a Massage therapist? Would you be able to provide her with the sessions from the 10th of JAN to the 30th of FEB, 3 Sessions per week for 6 weeks. I need you to get back to me with the amount you charge per session and also let me know if she can pay you with a Certified check drawn from a US bank?

    You can view some of Ms Leese’s Pictures from the link below:
    http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/2289511/viewall#/25490320

    Till I read from you remain blessed.

    Robert Morrissey, MSI, RMT, CPT
    House Of Seasons Hair And Beauty Centre
    43 Greville Rd, Rosanna VIC 3084
    ph:(03) 9409 9619

  26. MT says

    I got the following email, which is the typical blueprint scam email to massage therapists. There seems to be a spike in these emails going around, and other types of employment scams.

    From: “Susan Blow”
    Cc:
    Subject: MASSAGE THERAPIST REQUIRED Date: Sat, Jan 12, 2013 3:37 AM

    Hello,

    My name is Susan Blow; I will be going on my annual leave on the 8th of
    February and my husband & I will be coming to California, USA on holiday
    for 1month. We would be staying from Sunday 10th of February 2013 to
    Wednesday 13th of March 2013. I require the services of a Personal massage
    therapist, though this could be done rather flexibly for the entire period
    of our stay. I will require your services for 2 days each week and for 1
    session of 1hour or 1hour/30mins each depending on your availability.

    Basically I require full body massage in other to relax as I regularly
    have stiffness in my shoulder and lower back. Over the past 1 month I have
    hired the services of a personal massage therapist and I find each session
    very relaxing and refreshing. Since I am going on a 1 month holiday I
    would like to continue with my work-out program during my stay in
    California. I am interested in either full body massage or a combination
    of massage and manual therapy. I would greatly appreciate your thoughts,
    recommendation and the total costs for your services (4weeks – number of
    sessions 8).

    I’m 45 years old and a senior accountant, working with Palomar Foods
    Limited here in the United Kingdom. I will be happy to pay in advance of
    our visit to guarantee your services during our stay. We can have the
    therapy sessions at your Clinic/Studio. I look forward to hearing from
    you, many thanks.

    Best regards,
    Susan Blow
    72 Crownstone Rd,
    London SW2 1LY
    United Kingdom

  27. Evelyn StC says

    Thank you! You saved me from being scammed from some dude in Australia. So far I’ve gotten 5 similar emails claiming to be from Australia and the UK. Deplorable, the crap people try to pull on honest, hard working people. Again, thank you for your article/posting. You saved me from making a HUGE mistake.

  28. Ryan says

    HERE IS HOW FAR IT CAN GO. I ACTUALLY HAD A CHECK ARRIVE AT MY DOOR THIS MORNING FOR $4850.00 IN MY NAME!! FROM ROBERT MORRISEY, THEN RACHEL LEESE, PURCHASED BY “JOHN MASON” THEN APRIL KELLY THEN SOME OTHER NAMES ON THE CHECK. SCAM!

    Good Morning, How was your weekend? Am so glad My final show is on Friday Morning, So I would fly back to Australia on Friday night I would call you on Saturday Morning when i arrive which should be Night in the states so we can go over the details you need for my sessions before my arrival. I received a message that My Check would be delivered this Morning in the Hr of 8:30 – 10:30 Via Fedex, This is the FEDEX tracking number ( 7944 9672 5286 ) You can track the package so as to know what time it would be delivered, After you receive the check, deposit the funds and when its available deduct the amount for my sessions from the funds you receive and you help me wire the rest of the funds to my Equipment’s rental Manager so they can confirm the payments and have my Photo Equipment’s ready before my flight to the states on Sunday. Pls make sure you email me as soon as you put the funds in the bank on when the funds should be available so i can email you my Equipment manager information and instructions on where you would help me wire the funds for my Photo Equipments so i can pick them up before my flight.

    I await your email on updates.

    See you soon

    Ms Leese

  29. Liz says

    I have received the same e-mail “MT” above has received.

    From: Susan Blow
    To:
    Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2013 3:37 AM
    Subject: MASSAGE THERAPIST REQUIRED

    Hello,

    My name is Susan Blow; I will be going on my annual leave on the 8th of
    February and my husband & I will be coming to California, USA on holiday
    for 1month. We would be staying from Sunday 10th of February 2013 to
    Wednesday 13th of March 2013. I require the services of a Personal massage
    therapist, though this could be done rather flexibly for the entire period
    of our stay. I will require your services for 2 days each week and for 1
    session of 1hour or 1hour/30mins each depending on your availability.

    Basically I require full body massage in other to relax as I regularly
    have stiffness in my shoulder and lower back. Over the past 1 month I have
    hired the services of a personal massage therapist and I find each session
    very relaxing and refreshing. Since I am going on a 1 month holiday I
    would like to continue with my work-out program during my stay in
    California. I am interested in either full body massage or a combination
    of massage and manual therapy. I would greatly appreciate your thoughts,
    recommendation and the total costs for your services (4weeks – number of
    sessions 8).

    I’m 45 years old and a senior accountant, working with Palomar Foods
    Limited here in the United Kingdom. I will be happy to pay in advance of
    our visit to guarantee your services during our stay. We can have the
    therapy sessions at your Clinic/Studio. I look forward to hearing from
    you, many thanks.

    Best regards,
    Susan Blow
    72 Crownstone Rd,
    London SW2 1L
    United Kingdom

  30. MT says

    Confirming on the Susan Blow email, I received an identical email about her taking a trip to Pittsburgh the same time as her ‘California Trip’

    My name is Susan Blow; I will be going on my annual leave on the 8th of
    February and my husband & I will be coming to Pennsylvania, USA on holiday
    for 1month. We would be staying from Sunday 10th of February 2013 to
    Wednesday 13th of March 2013. I require the services of a Personal massage
    therapist, though this could be done rather flexibly for the entire period
    of our stay. I will require your services for 2 days each week and for 1
    session of 1hour or 1hour/30mins each depending on your availability.

    Basically I require full body massage in other to relax as I regularly
    have stiffness in my shoulder and lower back. Over the past 1 month I have
    hired the services of a personal massage therapist and I find each session
    very relaxing and refreshing. Since I am going on a 1 month holiday I
    would like to continue with my work-out program during my stay in
    Pennsylvania. I am interested in either full body massage or a combination
    of massage and manual therapy. I would greatly appreciate your thoughts,
    recommendation and the total costs for your services (4weeks – number of
    sessions 8).

    I’m 45 years old and a senior accountant, working with Palomar Foods
    Limited here in the United Kingdom. I will be happy to pay in advance of
    our visit to guarantee your services during our stay. We can have the
    therapy sessions at your Clinic/Studio. I look forward to hearing from
    you, many thanks.

    Best regards,
    Susan Blow
    72 Crownstone Rd,
    London SW2 1LY
    United Kingdom

  31. MT says

    The email I received from “Susan Blow” has an IP address of 41.190.3.192 from Lagos, Nigeria.

    Here’s another massage therapy scam that was going on a few years ago:

    Hello,
    How are you today? my name is Mrs Tessy Brown, i live
    and work here in italy, i am 36yrs old. I have been doing massage since
    1989. I do a deep relaxation massage in which the muscles relax without
    pain. I also do energy massage that helps people feel great when I am
    done. I am certified to do pregnancey massage. I have lots of happy
    clients here in italy. i have a client Miss Nancy James A model here in
    italy. she will be coming CA in two weeks for a modeling job and she
    will be needing bodywork and therapeutic massage for hr in the morning
    and 1hr in the evening every day for 9days, five times the first week
    and four times the next week, she asked me to come with her to the US
    but i told her i would not be able to go with her to the US as i have a
    course i will be going for in a week time. I promised to help her get
    a good massage therapist in your Area.

    pls do send me your office
    address so that i would know if she will need transportation to get to
    your office. Pls tell me a little more about your self and if you can
    give me References of people you have worked with.

    pls do get back as
    soon as you receive this message.

    Rgds
    Tessy

  32. MT says

    I also got the following email, similar to the one from Robert Morrissey above. The IP address was 175.139.90.47 from Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.

    From: “Galea Robert”

    Subject: Massage Sessions Enquiry Date: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 7:51 AM

    Greetings from Victoria, Melbourne!!

    My name is Galea Robert I live and work as a massage therapist here in
    Sydney, I am 49yrs old, Am originally from milan italy. I have been doing
    massage since 1991. I do deep relaxation massage in which the muscles
    relax without pain. I also do energy massage that helps people feel great
    when I am done. I am also certified to do pregnancy massage. I have lots
    of happy clients here in Sydney.

    I have been looking for a Massage therapist for over a week now till i met
    an old friend yesterday that referred you to me, so i decided to contact
    you to know if you will be able give my client some massage sessions, My
    client’s name is Ms Paris Luise, A model here in Melbourne, who will be
    needing some Massage sessions when she arrives the States, She will be
    coming to the U.S in 2 weeks time for a modeling job and will be residing
    in your Area temporarily until the necessary arrangement for her job has
    been made before she leaves.

    She will be needing 1hr Massage session per day, 3 Sessions per week for 6
    weeks. Ms Leese, asked me to come with her to America but i told her i
    would not be able to go with her as i have a course i will be going for in
    a week time, so i promised to help her get a good Massage therapist in
    your Area.

    Pls tell me a little more about your self, how long have you been a
    Massage therapist? Would you be able to provide her with the sessions from
    the 30th of JAN to the 10TH of MARCH, 3 Sessions per week for 6 weeks. I
    need you to get back to me with the amount you charge per session and also
    let me know if she can pay you with a Certified check drawn from a US
    bank?

    You can view some of Ms Paris Luise Pictures from the link below:

    http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/460922/viewall#/21935017

    Till I read from you remain blessed.

    Galea Robert, MSI, RMT, CPT
    House Of Seasons Hair And Beauty Centre
    43 Greville Rd, Rosanna VIC 3084

  33. MT says

    I received the following email. the IP address 209.85.220.179 appears to be from Inglewood or Mountainview, California, unless it has bee falsified, so don’t think all of these scams originate from somewhere outside of the US.

    From: “Jane Anslem”

    Subject: Massage Treatment Needed.. Date: Sat, Feb 02, 2013 10:41 AM

    Hi ,

    My name is Jane Anslem.I would be visiting California for short vacation. I am looking for a competent massage therapist for deep tissue, Therapeutic and Swedish massage therapy to help relieve of stress and pains. I would be glad to know the following information regarding your service.

    Charges per hour:

    Hours of Operation:

    I look forward to hear from you ASAP.

    Thanks,

    Jane

  34. MT says

    I got yet another massage scam email, this one showing several email addresses, one from hotmail, an actual return email to a Finland website, and an originating IP address of 196.203.79.239 from Tunisia.

    From: “Craig Dennis.MSI.RMT.CPT”
    Craigdennismassage@hotmail.com
    reply email: roberttherapy@suomi24.fi

    Subject: Massage Sessions Inquiry Date: Sat, Feb 09, 2013 12:24 AM


    Greetings from France!

    My name is Craig Dennis a Graduate of the prestigious Atlanta School of
    Massage in the United States, I worked with many celebrities and
    developed an international reputation for fantastic massage with an
    impeccable sense of service, I now live and work as a massage therapist
    here in France, I have over 19 years experience and have given more than
    20,000 massages as a professional bodyworker. I do deep relaxation
    massage in which the muscles relax without pain. I also do energy
    massage that helps people feel great when I am done. I am also certified
    to do pregnancy massage.

    I have been looking for a Massage therapist for over a week now till i
    met an old friend yesterday That Referred you to me, so I decided to
    contact you to know if you will be able give my client some Massage
    sessions. My client’s name is Ms Aly Corte, A model here in France, who
    will be Needing some sessions Massage sessions When she arrived the
    States. She will be coming to the states in 2 weeks time for a modeling
    job and will be Residing in your Area temporarily untill the Necessary
    arrangement for her job has been made before she leaves.

    She Will Be Needing 1hr Massage session per day, 3 sessions per week
    for 6 weeks. Ms Corte, Asked me to come with her to the states but i
    told her i would not be able to go with her as i have a course i will be
    going for in a week time, so i promised to help her get a good Massage
    therapist in your Area since i use to live in the states before i
    relocated here.

    Pls tell me a little more about your self, how long have you been a
    Massage therapist? Would you be ble to Provide her with the sessions
    from the 25th of this Month to the 30th of March, 3 sessions per week
    for 6 weeks. I need you to get back to me with the Amount you charge per
    session and also let me know if she can pay you with a Certified Check
    drawn from a a U.S. bank?

    You can view some of Ms Corte Pictures from the link below:

    http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/2729864/viewall#/30609578

    Till I read from you remain blessed.

    Craig Dennis
    Telephone 544 48867 1816
    from France
    Outside France 1544 48168902

  35. Susan Clingman says

    I received this email scam Sunday, March 17 at 6:53 pm. (services may differ)

    ———————————

    To: Webmaster

    From:
    mark
    mark_pil@yahoo.com

    Message:
    Hello,

    This is mark,i will like to know if you are available for the below
    service:

    Skin rejuvenation
    Pedicure
    Massage
    Manicure
    Eyelash and tinting.

    Do you accept credit card for payment,thanks i awaits your reply asap.

    —————————————————–

    Hi,

    Am hearing impaired that is why am using via e-mail to contact you now…I want to book an appointment for the below service

    Massage

    I want you to get back to me with the total estimate for 7(Female) people for 3rd of May,also want you to know that they will be coming with a private transportation driver to for the service.I will be expecting your reply back with the total cost then your full name,address with directly phone number for the private transportation to locate your place when they are coming for the service…..So that i can give you my credit card for the payment asap.

    ————————————-

    NOTE: At this point, I realized it was a scam (after googling him name) and told him to go scam someone else. I never heard back….:)

  36. Leanne Adam RMT says

    We have just recently received an almost identical email from “hearing impaired” individual looking to book 5 Hot Stone Massages for 5 females….

    What IS the scam here?? I knew it sounded phishy but cannot figure out what is to be gained by the individual??

  37. Nicole Colucci says

    After going back and forth with this guy he was going to be bringing a translator with the athletes and since the translator did not have credit card payment machine he wanted me to collect the money and transfer it to the translator. He would call me and put $8880 on his credit card. Over the phone transactions ARE NOT SECURE and can be pulled back. This is what I suspect he was going to do once I transfered the money.

    Hello,
    > >
    > > My Name is Brad Foster,from Belfast,Northern Ireland.I want to book an hour massage therapy appoint for 6 sprinters that will be coming to your country for a one month training tour in your area. We will require massage therapy appointments to help reduce strain,improve physical fitness and enhance body movement for the sprinters.
    > >
    > > I will like to know if you can organize an hour massage therapy appointments for us in your clinic ?.
    > >
    > > Here is a brief outline of the reservation:
    > >
    > > # Booking Dates:from 3rd to 30th of April 2014
    > > # Number of appointments:3 times per week for each sprinter
    > > # Number of guest: 6 adults within the age of 18-33yrs
    > >
    > > Appointments can be scheduled from 1pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
    > >
    > > Kindly get back to me with details on availabilities,total cost for the group booking of the appointments and the types of credit cards you accept for payments so we can secure the Booking with a part payment.I await your prompt response.
    > >
    > >
    > > Regards,
    > >
    > > Brad Foster
    > > bradfost2@live.com

  38. Anna Barton says

    I am from New Zealand and I recieved one from USA a ‘fellow massage therapist’ who was flying into NZ with her husband and they would like a couple massage on New Year’s Eve evening.. And this mid year.. Long time away fro knew year.. Very orgsnized planning that far in advance!!? Also went on to explain that she knows this sounds like a scam, and gave me her website to her clinic to check it out. And to be honest, it was her going on about not being a scam that alerted me that she may have been a scam! Other wise I think I would have believed her lol! Either way we are not open NYE so wasn’t going to work anyway;) may I ask anyone reading this… Why on earth do people do this?? What do these scammers get out of making fake bookings?? It’s kind of sick!

  39. says

    BEWARE OF EMAILS LIKE THIS !!!! SCAM!!! SCAM!!! SCAM!!! I GET THEM ALL THE TIME, DIFFERENT NAMES SAME SCENARIO
    Good Day,

    My Name is Edward Packer, from Wales,UK. I want to book transportation for 20 delegates that will be coming to your country for a 12 days business tour in your area. details of the booking are stated bellow:

    * Date of transfers: from 29th of April to 10th of May 2013 (12 days)
    * Time of transfers:from 9am to 5pm each day,(8 hrs) within a radius of 200kms in your area

    We will require either a mini coach/mini buses,limousines or a van that can cater for the transfers within those period.two or more vehicles that can server same purpose will be fine for the transfer.

    kindly advise details on availability, the TOTAL COST for the 12 days booking of the transportation and the types of CREDIT CARDS you accept for payment so we can secure the booking with a part payment.I await your prompt response.

    Regards,

    Edward Packer
    edwardp700@att.net

  40. Laura says

    alex carter
    To Me
    Today at 2:28 PM
    This message contains blocked images.
    Show Images Change this setting

    Good day to you. Here are the names below with the age of people who are getting the Body Massage. I hope you can get back to me with the total cost of the massages as soon as possible so i can make full payment with my credit card upfront.

    Pamela R. Haye …(39 years old)
    Annie A. Williams… (42 years old)
    Flora H. Hunter… (34 years old)
    Jane E. Shaddix … (31 years old)
    Elena K. Hawthorne… (44 years old)

    I need a favor regarding my transport driver and i will be glad if you can do it for me. Thanks in anticipation in your prompt and favorably reply.
    Regard’s
    Show message history

  41. says

    And another scam received…

    Name : Steve Hillard
    >> Email : stevehillard889@gmail.com
    >> Subject :
    >> Message : Hello, I want to make an inquiry for a massage therapy for a
    >> group of 7 that will be coming for a vacation. Kindly confirm the rates
    >> and availability from 10th of August to 24tth August 2014. Best regards.
    >> Steve Hillard
    >> Sent on: 16 June, 2014
    >> Thank you!

  42. says

    I received a recorded message on my landline phone today indicating that my credit card machine service is not “in compliance” and to call 865xxxxxxx immediately. I called my credit card supplier instead. I am in compliance through March of 2015 (have to redo it once a year) and the phone # I read to them is not one of theirs. Not sure if the scammers were after my personal info or if they would be able to hack into credit card of customers if I had worked with them. Scary.

  43. says

    Same scam still going on. Here are the details of my conversation with the scammer. I was looking for as much detail as I could get and then searched google for the list of names and found this page. Thanks to all for posting the information!

    1st Text from (913) 738-0587: My name is Cole Smith,i will like to know if you do Swedish BODY MASSAGE for 8ppl for the date on 25th july if yes kindly text me back thru my email…Thanks

    2nd Text from (913) 738-0587: Morning , and thanks for the grest respond and i will text you thru your email this my email colesmith124@gmail.com. And i will be okay with the location, and 1hour, session and i will like to know the price per person….

    My Response: Hi Cole, My normal price for a one hour massage is……. My location is…..I have a private bathroom/shower available for after massages and a large comfortable waiting area that people can hang out in before and after appointments. How much time would you like between appointments? If it works, I recommend 30 minutes so no one feels rushed and I can be completely refreshed before each massage. If that is too long for your schedule, we could do 15 minutes. Let me know what you think,

    1st Email from colesmith124@gmail.com: Okay, 30mimutes is okay, with me and i will like to know the grand total cost so we can get the ball rolling

    My Response: The total for 8 one-hour massages would be $600 (8x$75).Let me know what time you would want them to start and I can send you a time schedule.

    2nd Email from colesmith124@gmail.com: Yes, you can send me a time schedule, and , am okay with the total cost, before i will send you my credit card information to process i will need a little favor from you.

    My Response: OK, what time do you want to the first appointment to start?

    3rd Email from colesmith124@gmail.com: 10am, and the favor is that I have not pay the driver that will bring everyone of them to your shop and I can’t do that my self because I am presently receiving my hearing treatment at the hospital and am going to have surgery soon, and the driver don’t have access to credit card facilities so I will like you to include extra $750 plus the total cost of the service so that you can have all the charges on my credit card and you will have $750 send to the driver via money gram to the driver and $100 tip for your shop and $50 for the money gram fee also add the credit card processing 4% charges fee on the driver fee,so go ahead and everything up and let me have the total cost..

    My Response: Hi Cole, I do not think that my credit card processor allows me to charge extra for the credit card fees, so I am going to exclude that. So the total charge would be $1,550.00 (which is broken down below). If you are interested, I have a town car driver who could provide transportation at a lower cost for you. Let me know,

    4th Email from colesmith124@gmail.com: Sounds great, when will you be ready for my credit card information for you to put all the charges thru???

    My Response: I am ready when you are. You can send me the information in two different emails if you want. Also, do you have the names of the people getting the massages and their emails? I would like to send them my upcoming appointment email and client intake form.

    5th Email from colesmith124@gmail.com; You can have all the appointment email and client intake form send into my email…
    here are the 8ppl names below..Pamela R. Haye, Annie A. Williams, Flora H. Hunter, Kerry David, Jane E. Sutton, Elena K. Hawthorne,
    Mary F. Alex, Ronda Ramsey.

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