When they name the instrument they do come across as more believable. Still … I’m not one to believe this sort of email. (Wouldn’t it be funny if I was wrong to be skeptical?)


I’m Mrs Linda Cowell from Paris,France.during my search for a Oboe lesson teacher that would always take my son ( Chris is very good speak English ) 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) by next week 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 Linda Cowell


  1. Not linda cowell

    I just got this email… with my instrument listed in place of .

    I love the part where it says “My son would be coming to US (your city)”

  2. I received two emails from this woman, the first saying that her son Chris plays bass, and the second saying that he plays violin. Either this kid is really excited about learning every instrument out there, or something fishy is going on.

  3. Heh … these guys are getting savvy when it comes to listing instruments, but that doesn’t mean they are smart enough to fool us! I still post them, though, as I actually have heard of a few who have fallen for the scam. (Sad, yes?)

  4. I just got this exact email for lessons. The instrument was not specified, though I happen to teach percussion in the Chicago area.

  5. It definitely makes the rounds, Dave!