29. June 2011 · 8 comments · Categories: Ramble


I’m Mrs Sandra Cowell from Paris,France.during my search for a Music instrument lesson teacher that would always take my son (chris) and I found you..Your advert looks great and it is very okay to me since you specialize in the area i am seeking for him… My Son would be coming to US (your city) Before the end of this month for a period of time and with his friend for 2 Months.he is just a beginner and he is 16 years old, i want you to help me teach lesson during his stay. So, kindly let me know your charges cost per week’s ,in order for me to arrange for his payment before he travels down to your side. I have also made preparation for his personal equipment he will be using privately at home after the lesson during his stay.

Please Advise back on;

(1). your charges per 1 hour twice a week for 2 Months?

(2).The Day and time you will be available to teach him During the week?

(3).Tuition address?

I will be looking forward to read from you soonest.

Best Regards,

Mrs Sandra Cowell

Just so you know, I actually do receive legitimate emails about lessons, but this isn’t one of those!


  1. Oh my! Thank you for posting this! I have received this e-mail earlier today, and about to finalize this. But she was pushing to verify my address/Tel in last e-mail. I felt something fishy about this and did google search about her and [link removed] then find your posting.

    Of course, her correspondence is now trashed and hopefully no more hearing from her.

    Thank you again for posting.

  2. Glad you found it helpful. (I removed your link because I am unfamiliar with that site.)

  3. I am glad you published this as well. It seemed a little weird to me at first, but I was very close to proceeding to finalizing the lessons as well. Thanks!

  4. Notice that these rarely are addressed personally (using my name), there is no mention of what my instrument is, and my city is also not named. These scams amaze me, but people really have lost money due to them, so I will continue to post them on occasion as a warning to others.

  5. Thanks so much for posting this. I also received this email today (8/2/11), and as you noted, the instrument is not noted (I teach viola and violin). They left this email at my website.

    I thought it seemed a little weird, and I remember something about these people overpaying and then requesting a refund for overpayment, which ends up being a loss, because the check bounces after the refund has been received, or something like that.

    Beware such strange requests.

  6. Yep, they work just like that, from what I’ve been told … and people have actually fallen for this stuff. That’s why I continue to post them, even if I already know better! If I can continue to alert people I’m happy with that. :-)

    Thanks for the comment!

  7. Yeah, I got this one, too. “She” kept insisting on my personal information. After I said I travel to my students and get paid after the lesson not via mail……the messages suddenly stopped. Why would they try to scam musicians? A: We are way smarter than that and B: We have NO MONEY!!! lol

  8. Someone once wrote to me saying she fell for it. I guess it happens. I never even respond to the emails, as I don’t want them knowing the hit a legit address and then sell it to some other spam “artist”. I just trash ‘em.