Just received this:

From: [email protected]
Subject: Alto Sax,Bassoon,Cello ,Clarinet ,Flute ,Oboe ,Percussion ,Saxophone ,Trombone ,learning for my son
Date: October 6, 2005 11:45:11 AM PDT
To: [email protected]

Hello Teacher,

Good day to you.My name is Raymond
Printess Shaw based in Netherland.My son(20years of
age) will be coming to the state for a 3(Three) month
holiday but will stay with my elder brother.While he
his there,i want him to attend your teaching class on
any of the instrument you could best teach .I want
you to e-mail me the modalty
of the programme,rate/hr,number of hours a day,your
location ,duration of the lesson and
other things necessary for a smooth learning.Please
get back to asap.Send your reply to my eramail box
<[email protected]> .Meanwhile,i would be
grateful if you could increase your hours and days of
teaching him.He is just a beginner and i believe three
times in a week will be okay for him so that the rest
of the day could be used for practise.

Ramond Shaw.

Part of me would love to play around for a while. I could tell him I charge $500 per lesson. I could tell him I teach triangle lessons. I could … oh never mind! It’s tempting but why bother? I have practicing to do. I have real students to teach. These folks are wasting my time.

(And for new readers: this email is a familiar sight to me. It’s a scam. A lot of music teachers are receiving them these days.)


  1. Where exactly is the scam in this?  At some point, I presume,
    they’d try to eke money out of you.  But I don’t see where it
    would happen.

  2. Patricia Mitchell

    I thought the same thing, David. I figured it was silly & harmless. What I’ve been told is that some teachers actually say they’ll take the student on. Then the scammer says he wants to pay in advance and must wire the money. He wires too MUCH money, so he requests that the teacher send him a refund check. I’ve been told that the wire looks real enough that some banks accept them and only later realize their fake, and that some teachers have mailed checks back. (I don’t know how wiring money works, btw.) And I’ve also been told that a few people have lost money on this. I find it difficult to believe, but there you go.